For generations, advances in medical technology have provided invaluable breakthroughs in alleviating distress and saving lives. It’s encouraging to see how both medical schools in Omaha — at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center — are working to translate their research into new inventions.
Medical researchers at Creighton, for example, recently showed off the discoveries that have spurred eight startup companies. (We’ll take a look at the work at UNMC’s efforts along this line in an upcoming editorial.)
Reporting by The World-Herald’s Rick Ruggles explained how an invention by Dr. Bob Kizer, an Alegent Creighton Health gastroenterologist, is helping reduce the patient discomfort when a medical tube is inserted through the nose.
Creighton researchers are exploring a wide variety of significant medical issues. Among them: A human estrogen receptor that shows promise in treating breast cancer. Hearing restoration. Technologies to identify drug-resistant bacteria. Delivering drugs via nanotechnology (involving super-small delivery devices). And much more.
Plus, Creighton’s award-winning Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program is doing an exemplary job in introducing undergraduate and graduate students to commercializing bioscience technologies using interdisciplinary teams.
As part of the program, students in the areas of bioscience, business and law receive high-level instruction on how to develop products and bring them onto the market.
Through all these initiatives, Creighton is nurturing the next generation of medical, business and legal professionals to pioneer successful medical breakthroughs. This is practical education that can have a tremendous benefit for society.