Medtech Week Recap: Qualcomm Offers US$10 Million for Developers that Create Real Version of Star Trek Tricorder Device

January 16, 2012 – 12:00 am

Last week, the Consumer Electronics Show took place in Las Vegas. At the show, Qualcomm introduced a US$10 million competition through its X Prize Foundation. The foundation offers this prize to anyone who develops a device similar to the Tricorder featured in Star Trek, a device used to diagnose medical conditions without touching the body. The prize will be awarded to a wireless device that can diagnose a set of 15 diseases across 30 consumers in three days.

Competitions like this can give a boost to entrepreneurs and startups scrambling for funds. The Silicon Valley startup Scanadu is already developing a handheld sensor that would allow parents to monitor their children’s vital signs and conditions, and is eyeing the price, according to a Medtech Pulse blog post.

Funding is a major hurdle for medical device manufacturers. A three-day conference at MEDTEC Europe 2012 will highlight funding and other market access hurdles for the medtech industry. In a blog post on the Eucomed site, EMDT Editor in Chief Norbert Sparrow discusses the upcoming conference and how it can help companies anticipate roadblocks and find pathways to overcome them.

The Medtech Leader Perspective on Globalization at OneMedPlace Conference (MD+DI)

A MedTech map for bypassing market-access roadblocks (Eucomed)

Stryker Improves Culture, Engages Employees (Orthotec)

Qualcomm Offers $10 Million Prize for Innovative Mobile Health Product Design (Medtech Pulse)

MHRA response to the Harley Medical Group position on the replacement of PIP implants (MHRA)

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