NASA nurtured many innovations, from a portable communications system to an ultrasound machine for telemedicine, that have made the leap from space to Earth.
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NASA researchers initially developed a "rotating wall bioreactor" to grow human cells in simulated weightlessness. In 2002, biotech firm Regenetech (then called BioCell Innovations) acquired the licenses for the NASA bioreactor and related patents for conducting adult stem cell research. Regenetech's efforts resulted in the creation of the Intrifuge System, which produces expanded cell tissues. The company uses its system and intellectual property, called CellXpansion, to develop therapies for and conduct research into medical conditions such as cardio-vascular disease, diabetes and skin problems. Image credit: NASA
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?