MEMS Seminar: Therapeutic Ultrasound - Attempts at Commercializing a Promising Technology

Apr 19

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side A


Professor Larry Crum

Although Therapeutic Ultrasound has a long history, and great promise for effecting noninvasive surgery, its commercial and clinical application has been met with only modest success, and even now, its acceptance is not widespread. As one who has had an interest and an involvement in this field for many years, I encouraged our group to explore possibilities for the translation of what I believed was promising technology. As a life-long academic, I soon discovered that there is a huge cultural difference between those in academics-who believe in the open and free exchange of information, and those in business, where proprietary information is paramount. Over the last 25 years, I have been involved in several attempts to commercialize various aspects of therapeutic ultrasound, and have met with many failures and only a few successes. In this lecture, I will discuss several technologies that seemed to have high promise, and the difficulties that were encountered with moving these technologies from the university research labs to the commercial and clinical marketplace.Lunch will be served from 1-1:30 pm For information on the speaker visit:

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