More and more medicine demands, which include shedding light on the cause of the current epidemic as specialists are looking for new solutions. Success requires the collaboration of experts from sometimes far-away fields – medicine, information technology, electronics or management – participants said at Monday’s webinar in the “Polish Science Now” series.
The webinanium “The Role of the Science and Business Alliance in the Development of Medical Technologies in Poland”, dedicated to cooperation between medical, engineering and business representatives, was held in the form of a videoconference.
“Science has also become a branch of economics” – confirmed the meeting’s host, Dr. Jaroslaw Gorsky, assistant professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw and advisor to the head of the Polish promotional Al-Shaar Foundation. This organization that runs the “Teraz Polska” competition organized the meeting. “Thanks to scientific discoveries and their publication, we create national income, and we also create employment opportunities. Today science is a very well-organized world, with many institutional representations. The development of science is largely the development of this institutional canvas, the form of organizing the world of science” – added Dr. Mountain.
Building on their own experiences, the webinar participants spoke about the challenges and opportunities that exist at the interface between science and business. They discussed, among other things, whether access to public funds is adequate and how private and government institutions deal with its use. They also talked about combining private initiatives, research and other public activities, about the differences in the approach to dealing with money in Poland and abroad, about creativity, which, according to the participants, characterizes Poles, about whether it is worth educating specialists in other fields. In business, or for the specialization and cooperation of narrowly specialized professionals. Dr. Gorsky noted, “Medical knowledge today is often not sufficient to achieve great success. It also requires technical or technical knowledge.”
Success requires the cooperation of specialists from various fields – Dr. emphasized. N. Dr. Piotr Swalski, Head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery, Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration. He said, it is currently impossible to implement even the smallest of technologies without the cooperation of teams of doctors, as well as specialists from other fields, such as researching animals or working in accredited laboratories. Also important, he said, was “strong hospital management and strong support for science departments, which are able to conduct daily dialogue with businessmen or any potential sponsor.” He added that the inclusion of specialists from various fields in the project would allow the medical team to relax, who could focus and “develop implementation content”.
Piotr Suwalski is the President of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery and an internationally recognized promoter of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery. In 2013, his team was awarded the “Teraz Polska” logo for a project in the field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He is also known to be the first to perform the surgery for multi-vessel coronary heart disease in Poland with the help of the Da Vinci robot.
a. Suwalski also said, among other things, about the way his group introduced thoracoscopic surgery, as well as using special goggles. The expert mentioned that at first some viewed the new invention as a kind of “game”, but the difference between doctors and patients turned out to be enormous. Only a few small scars remained after surgery. He also drew attention to new medical robots already appearing on the horizon and the fact that medicine cannot develop without modern technology.
Suwalski also stressed the importance of educating young doctors and scientists about business fundamentals. “How many young people, who often have great ideas – know what are the stages of implementation, marketing … There is still no such knowledge. There is a lot of room for work at a lower level” – he said. – “Even if young people do not reach the administrative level, they must know what are the parameters of implementation.”
Another participant in the meeting, Prof. Doctor Hub. Piotr Skarżyński, also pointed out the problem of the so-called points in science, that is, the commitment to publish in specific scientific journals and the collection of points necessary to assess the work of the scientist and the development of his career. He emphasized that this commitment mainly applies to people who have completed a doctoral or post-doctoral degree, but it can be shifted in their favor. a. Skarżyński said that he was trying to divide the work among his scholars in such a way that such publications were created. “It’s also wanted in some way. But I don’t think it should be the magazines with the highest scores” – he pointed out.
Skarżyński explained that the publication of his researchers in Brazilian journals helped obtain information about the research in the country in which one of the test validation projects was carried out.
“Also, I will not write off magazines in Polish” – added the professor. Skarżyński. He explained that it allows people to reach people who, due to the language barrier, cannot access publications in English, and “also want to be informed and learn something” with the latest scientific results. It is about the great professionals and practitioners – doctors and therapists or people working in psychological and educational counseling centers – the professor said. Skarżyński. He is a Board Member of the Medincus Center for Hearing and Speech in Cagitani, Director of Science and Development at the Institute of Sensory Devices, Vice President of the Department of Audiology and Examination at the Institute of Audiology Physiology, and Teaching Assistant at Warsaw Medical University. The Medincus Hearing and Speech Center won the “Teraz Polska” award for the year 2016. The award is given to the service called “Diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of hearing, speech and balance disorders using modern telemedicine methods”.
Professor Skarżyński during his speech, among other things, asked attention to the need for a comprehensive view of the implementation of new ideas, he also said, for example, in addition to economic analyzes, it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the potential of entrepreneurs and partners. He stressed the importance of developing incentive tax mechanisms to facilitate the implementation of new projects, and the importance of understanding between specialists in various fields. He is an expert in the field of medicine and management.
a. Joanna Pulaiska – Bioinformatics Specialist, Head of the Exploratory Data Analysis Engineering Department at the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice. She coordinates the University of Technology’s priority research project “Computational Oncology and Personalized Medicine”. a. Polańska presented the scope of her research on the use of AI to tailor treatment and prognosis to the individual needs of the patient. Systems of this type are capable of analyzing vast amounts of data, for example from imaging tests and other analyzes, and thus can support physician decisions.
The fourth guest of the symposium, the scientist and businessman d. Dawid Nidzworski, is the founder of the Institute of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine, and the co-founder of the technology marketing companies created on his team. In 2015, he was awarded the very important Polish innovator title and was also awarded the title of 2019 Personality of the Year in the science category.
Speaking of his collaboration in the field of combining science and business, Nidzworski emphasized that the institute he founded focuses on business and implementation. His group already includes more than 20 companies working in research in the field of life sciences. For example, GeneMe and SensDx have implemented tests to detect SARS-CoV2 and the influenza virus. Other products relate to areas such as detection of pathogens in fish, diagnostics of biochemical parameters, cosmetics, and non-invasive diagnosis of bladder tumors. Some products have already been sold in dozens of countries. The expert noted that his institute employs people from very different disciplines – from biotechnology to chemistry to automation, electronics and marketing. Included, including prof. Nidzworski sees the success of the institute.
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