June 4th saw the celebration of the 2nd SaforSalut Conference. On this occasion the event took place online due to the current Covid-19 situation. The main objective of this edition was to create opportunities for relationships to forge between the health, business and university sectors to determine the new healthcare needs in the Safor county and bring about joint RDI projects to find new business opportunities by way of methodologies based on open innovation and collaboration. Francisco Camarena, research professor at the Universitat Poltècnica de València, ultrasound expert and director of the iViO-UPV Chair, participated in this conference to explain the work carried out by the chair and to contribute to the different synergies between the research and business sector.
The event was organized by the Gandia Health Department through the Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research in the Valencian Community ((FISABIO, for its Spanish initials), Campus Gandia of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV ), and the Federation of Safor Business Associations (FAES, for its Spanish initials). The event was attended by Jaime Lloret and Jesús Tomás, experts in medical applications of sensors and artificial intelligence; Mónica Catalá, expert in medical applications of analytical chemistry; José Joaquín Rieta, expert in biomedical engineering; and Francisco Camarena, expert in medical applications of ultrasound and director of the iViO-UPV Chair.
Camarena talked about the different research projects that have been carried out in the last few years as part of the iViO-UPV Chair. On the one hand, the development of a monitoring system for ultrasound-guided bone regeneration procedures for dental implants. And on the other hand, the development of an augmented reality device to assist the dentist in surgeries.
Likewise, Professor Camarena presented some of the projects his research group is working on, such as the development of transcranial ultrasonic therapy techniques for the treatment of neurological pathologies, new modalities of elastographic imaging or innovations in the field of lithotripsy and in the treatment of central retinal obstruction.
Finally, Camarena explained the two main present needs that would require business collaboration and which would be based on the licensing of the elastographic image patent and the lithotripsy patent.
The event allowed for the exchange of knowledge and synergies among its participants, awakening many common interests as a result of the capacities and the different proposals presented. The end result of this conference was very positive and exciting, laying the groundwork for new collaborative projects between the participants and developing business opportunities that may give way to innovative products and services in the healthcare sector, as well as helping to consolidate a collaborative-innovation model based on open innovation to underpin an economic fabric of value in the Safor.
For more information and inquiries on the iViO-UPV Chair research projects, you can write to Francisco Camarena, research professor at Campus Gandia UPV, at: firstname.lastname@example.org,