A lot is happening in Louisville’s healthtech arena. Here are a few of the standouts:
Philanthropist’s gift to cover 2 cancer projects
Louisville philanthropist Tom Dunbar will provide support up to $1.5 million to the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation for pediatric cancer research at Norton Children’s Cancer Institute. The gift will support two new pediatric cancer clinical research projects: one that looks at using universal CAR T-cells to treat high-risk malignancies and another that will use radioimmunotherapy to target brain tumors.
Total artificial heart implant
A cardiac surgery team at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital was the second in the U.S. to implant a new, experimental advanced total artificial heart within the framework of an early feasibility study. The device, called Aeson, was implanted into a middle-aged man from southern Indiana with severe biventricular heart failure during a seven-and-a-half-hour surgery on Aug. 20.
AI revenue capital
Revenue integrity remains a top concern for hospital and health system CFOs and revenue executives. In an effort to address this, St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M is partnering with Louisville’s Waystar, a revenue cycle management solutions company, on AI revenue capture.
UofL is now soliciting ideas for a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant-backed program aimed at solving the long-term health, economic and societal problems resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pandemic-Related Product Acceleration & Responsive Entrepreneurship Program (PRePARE) will partner UofL researchers with members of the community to scale up innovative ideas with the goal of growing existing companies or spin up new ones to bring those ideas to market.