UCSF-Samsung lab to test technologies for health advancements 

In a joint effort to accelerate and test digital health technologies, UC San Francisco and Samsung Electronics announced Friday that they are opening the UCSF-Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab at the university’s Mission Bay campus.

The lab will work to test and commercialize promising sensors, algorithms and other technological tools that could advance the medical field and help health professionals, according to the university.

The lab will bring under one roof entrepreneurs, inventors and medical specialists so that burgeoning technologies, mobile technology among them, can be used to expand the tools available in preventive health care.

While such technologies have increasingly been available for a variety of uses, without rigorous testing and validation their commercialization has been hindered, according to UCSF.

“Harnessing new preventative health technologies to help people live healthier lives is the next great opportunity of our generation,” said Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer of Samsung Electronics.

“Samsung’s global Digital Health Innovation Lab initiative is aimed at enabling great new ideas to be tested, validated and commercialized more quickly,” he said, “thereby making lives better for millions of people around the world.”

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