GutCheck: an “EKG for the Gut”
Date(s) - 01/31/17
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Sunnyvale City Council Chambers- 456 West Olive Ave., Sunnyvale,
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Steve holds a BS in Physics from UConn and a PhD in Elementary Particle Physics from Yale. He played with technologies like particle detection and fast pulse instrumentation, sub-kelvin cryogenics, superconducting magnets, NMR and ESR, high vacuum systems and data acquisition and analysis. He remembers using Bitnet and Arpanet before there was a WWW, and sending emails to friends working at distant particle accelerators using PDP-10 and VAX terminals. After graduation he took a postdoc position at Stanford and when that ended refused to leave the Bay Area. The next 15 years were spent at Measurex (later Honeywell) developing on-line measurement systems such as nuclear and X-ray basis weight and thickness sensors, infrared moisture sensors and large electromechanical scanning systems. In 2003 he joined Xoft Inc, a startup developing a 2mm diameter 50kV X-ray source for radiation therapy applications, and has been in the medical device field ever since. He has been CEO of G-Tech Medical since joining the company in late 2011. Steve has been an individual contributor and has held various levels of management roles from R&D Manager to CEO, but has never been able to fully break away from the science and technology.
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders affect 15 - 20% of the population, and GI dysfunctions such as post-operative ileus are common in millions of surgeries per year in the US. Common diagnostic tests such as colonoscopies, CT scans and other imaging modalities reliably detect important anatomic problems (tumors, inflammation), but are not effective at identifying problems that are inherently functional. Functional GI issues, e.g Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the return of function after surgery, are not well addressed by anatomic tools. In functional issues, everything looks fine, but it doesn’t work fine. G-Tech Medical is an early stage startup medical device company headquartered at the Fogarty Institute in Mountain View. We're developing an "EKG for the gut” in the form of a wireless wearable patch which reads electrical signals from the stomach, small intestine and colon and determines their activity under realistic physiological conditions. This talk will discuss the medical need, technology and science, and the current status of the development.