Technion-developed Sleep Technology Named to List of Top Ten Medical Innovations for 2010
The technology behind the outpatient diagnosis of sleep-related breathing disorders first developed at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology is on the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit's "Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2010." The winners were announced in Cleveland on Wednesday, October 7.
“The recognition of Itamar-Medical’s WatchPAT technology as an innovative technology is actively transforming the field of ambulatory sleep testing and is consistent with the rapid market adaptation of the WatchPAT,” said Dr. Dov Rubin, President & CEO of Itamar-Medical. “We have been perfecting the technology over the last decade and it is now ‘ready for prime time.’”
The technology first originated in the Technion's Lloyd Rigler Sleep Apnea Research Laboratory, headed by Prof. Peretz Lavie of the Faculty of Medicine. Prof. Lavie (who recently began his first term as Technion president) together with heart surgeon Prof. Danny Goor, Dr. Giora Yaron and Martin Gerstel founded Itamar-Medical in 1997. After some development, the company introduced the WatchPAT device targeted at the Ambulatory Sleep Testing market. It has been granted 40 patents related to the underlying technology and products.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, winning entries were nominated and selected according to the following criteria:
“The unique collaboration between the Technion and Itamar-Medical over the years should serve as a model for both academia and the Med-Tech industry,” said Dr. Yaron. “Revolutionary devices like WatchPAT that can foster large-scale changes in world health require the strong scientific base provided by academia combined with product development, marketing and sales skills of the Med-Tech industry.”