Wednesday, May 09, 2012

News on ASU & MedHab

The first MedHab news in four months came courtesy of Angelo State University.   The story focused on ASU's computer science department.  It stated:

Another company, Fort Worth tech startup MedHab, approached Roden in October of 2011.  Their discussions led to MedHab giving ASU a $90,000 grant to develop software, including mobile apps, for a newly-patented wearable medical device called StepRight.  The product is designed for people with leg injuries, and automates much of their physical therapy using sensors that send data in real time to cloud-based servers.  The system also makes use of mobile phones to transfer data to caregivers in case a patient is not at home or near a computer.  Roden is the principal investigator on the project supervising several ASU students and recent graduates.

“The product is due for FDA trials this summer and should enter the marketplace this fall,” Roden said.
This piece shows MedHab approached ASU a mere three months before San Angelo's City Council awarded $3.6 million in incentives for MedHab's production site.  That's a new element in the MedHab timeline.   MedHab has San Angelo's Mayor Alvin New on its board of directors and ASU Physical Therapy Professor Scott Hasson as an advisor.

I'm curious how Acquire Media News Edge landed this story.  It's not from an ASU news release or a Standard Times story, at least it didn't come up in searches on their sites.

Regardless of source motivation, MedHab must produce product for FDA trials and the anticipated fall product launch.  One might expect them to announce the selection of a production site.

Update 5-12-12:  ASU Magazine produced the story, which Acquire Media News Edge scraped.  My question is answered.
Update 5-15-12:  Texas legislators may provide seed funding for the MedHab's of the world. 


Anonymous said...

Our taxes help pay for public education. That means we are basically shareholders. However, ASU operates as a dictatorship and hides everything. Case in point, the Texas Tribune salary database. Why have they not share that information with the Texas Tribune? Texas Tech has complied. Why not ASU?

Public education should be transparent. ASU is completely opaque.

Anonymous said...

To claim that ASU "hides everything" is to expose your fundamental lack of understanding of the Texas Public Information Act.