CLEVELAND—A Cleveland Clinic physician said it's vital that engineers or scientists discuss potential innovations with end users as part of the development process.
“You are the ones that are creating the future,” Francis Papay, chairman of the Cleveland Clinic's Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute, at the recent Advanced Materials in Health Care Conference, held as part of the ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference in Cleveland.
Everything a physician touches, he said, especially in surgery, deals with biomaterials. He suggesting making contact and network with institutions within a company's region to tie into the end user.
“Just don't stay isolated in your lab and your grant writing,” he said
Papay said he tells his staff often that the diagnosis is half the cure, something that also applies to materials innovation.
While it may take just a moment to know what direction to head once the problem is identified, “until you clarify the problem, the diagnosis … it's very difficult and muddled in a way. So as you approach your ideas of innovation, ideas of new elastomers … network with those end users,” he said.