Raising the Bar
The University of Rochester’s Center for Medical Technology and Innovation
The University of Rochester’s Center for Medical Technology and Innovation (CMTI) brings together the University’s medical school with the College of Engineering in unique collaborations with industry. These relationships are focused on improving clinical care, particularly through enhancements to existing medical devices, as well as a focus on new technologies. An overarching emphasis in the Center’s design and intent is to think entrepreneurially to translate these multi-disciplinary competencies and opportunities into new technologies, products and commercial entities.
The Center has three fundamental goals:
- Cultivate solutions to unmet clinical needs;
- Foster new collaborations and partnerships with the medical device industry; and
- Establish technology-driven training opportunities.
Consequently, biomedical engineering students are able to seize unique opportunities to observe and interact in the operating room and learn about problems and issues that surgeons face on a daily basis. Students have the opportunity to get a one-year technology-focused master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering that begins with a summer clinical immersion in the surgical operating room and concludes with the development of a product. Specific training in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory processes, quality systems and intellectual property has led to student employment at the FDA, Gore Medical and Corning. In its fourth year, the program currently has 11 graduate students enrolled and continues to garner interest and grow.