We’ve had an email from the Innovation Fellow at Northwestern University’s Center for Device Development (CD2) – Joan C apolinario, M.S. - in the USA which has asked us to let you guys know about their program and to ask for your help with gaining opinions via a short survey. Their mission (which they have chosen to accept!) is to improve the management of ostomies, especially when ostomates are beginning their transition after their surgery. They hope is to create a truly innovative product that ultimately tackles the biggest problems that ostomates face. I’ll paste Joan’s message below as it will explain things far more succinctly than I ever could.
My name is Joan, and I am an innovation fellow at Northwestern University’s Center for Device Development (CD2). (Click here to find out more about our program, and click here to learn about the members of the team.)
Our mission is to develop products to improve the management of ostomies. We have no ties to any particular company, rather, we operate out of the university. As a result of being at NU, we have a wide variety of tools and resources available to us, which is great! However, our goal is not a research study or project that would be typical of a university – instead, we hope to create and develop truly innovative products using some of the amazing technology we have today. Ultimately, we want to make sure that these products end up in the hands of those who need them. But to do that, we need your help!
You can help us by filling out this survey, which shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes. Additionally, if you’re interested in ‘following’ us and becoming more involved, let us know! We are coming up with new ideas each week and love to get your brutal, honest feedback.
Thanks so much! Your time is truly invaluable to us. We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully meeting you!
Joan (and Whit, Adam, & Rachel)
Center for Device Development
1800 Sherman Ave. Suite 504
Evanston, IL 60201
So there you have it. I’ve completed the survey and it’s just general ostomy knowledge required, and your opinions on how you find ostomy lifestyles so far through a series of questions and opinion boxes. I’ve signed up for future update and will be very interested in seeing how the program progresses.