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Samsung and UCSF Partner to Accelerate New Innovations in Preventive Health Technology

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), one of the world’s premier academic medical centers, today announced a partnership to accelerate validation and commercialization of promising new sensors, algorithms, and digital health technologies for preventive health solutions. The two organizations will jointly establish the UCSF-Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab, a new space located in UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, where some of the world’s leading researchers and technologists will be able to develop and run trials to validate exciting new mobile health technologies. The joint innovation lab will be a first-of-its-kind test bed where entrepreneurs and innovators will be able to validate their technologies and accelerate the adoption of new preventive health solutions.

Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer Samsung Electronics (Photo: Business Wire)

Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer Samsung Electronics (Photo: Business Wire)

“Harnessing new preventative health technologies to help people live healthier lives is the next great opportunity of our generation,” said Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer of Samsung Electronics. “We invite the world's innovators and entrepreneurs to join us to validate their new sensors, analytics, and preventive health solutions in a world class setting. Samsung's global Digital Health Innovation Lab initiative is aimed at enabling great new ideas to be tested, validated, and commercialized more quickly, thereby making lives better for millions of people around the world.”

The mobile health field is rapidly evolving. Advances in technologies such as wearable computing, health sensors, and cloud-based analytics promise to help people take control of their own health and to improve the quality of life for millions of people. However, without systematic, rigorous validation of these technologies, mobile health has struggled to achieve its potential and gain widespread adoption by consumers and healthcare professionals. Samsung and UCSF aim to address this challenge by leveraging UCSF’s deep expertise in medicine and digital health and Samsung’s leadership in electronics and mobile technologies, to rapidly develop new, effective technologies.

“There are many new sensors and devices coming onto the market for consumers, but without medical validation, most of these will have limited impacts on health. Meanwhile, many practitioners also have creative ideas for new devices, but they lack the technological knowledge to fully develop them,” said Michael Blum, MD, UCSF’s associate vice chancellor for Informatics. “This partnership will bring together these two very different worlds of expertise with the resources needed to accelerate new and disruptive technologies that will truly change lives.”

The UCSF Mission Bay campus is an ideal location for the UCSF-Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab and will lead to further collaborations with the broader healthcare ecosystem. The expansive new bioscience campus is a vibrant ecosystem of innovation and biotech hub, with more than 50 bioscience startups, nine established pharmaceutical and biotech companies and 10 venture capital firms.

The Digital Health Innovation Lab is part of Samsung’s efforts to partner with leading global healthcare institutions to validate next-generation preventative health technologies. It also reflects a strategic goal of the UCSF Office of Innovation, Technology and Alliances to forge innovative industry partnerships that advance its work at the forefront of health and medicine. Additional information will be available at www.centerfordigitalhealthinnovation.org.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco is the nation’s leading university exclusively focused on health. It is dedicated to transforming health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with world-renowned programs in the biological sciences, a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and two top-tier hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Please visit www.ucsf.edu.

The Office of Innovation, Technology and Alliances coordinates UCSF’s efforts in forging collaborations that translate cutting-edge science on campus into therapies and products that directly benefit patients worldwide. The office oversees intellectual property, technology transfer, and innovative alliances with commercial, non-profit, and government organizations. Visit ita.ucsf.edu.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

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