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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Draper Scientist to Help Foster Healthcare Collaboration

Draper Laboratory has chosen Dr. James Comolli to help find areas for collaboration between Draper engineers and scientists and Boston-area academic and medical institutions as a site miner with the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT).

Draper’s capability leader for biomedical engineering, Comolli develops and brings together skills, technologies, and infrastructure needed to create solutions for the laboratory’s customers.

Comolli holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Harvard University, and has a background in the biomedical field that includes leading research and product development in the medical device and diagnostic field. Prior to joining Draper, he worked for Ethicon, a Johnson and Johnson medical device franchise, and a small biotechnology firm, developing antimicrobial treatments for medical devices and sensors for infection, and working with physicians and clinicians to assess customer needs and new product opportunities.

 “Jim's role as the biomedical capability leader at Draper makes him an ideal choice to connect CIMIT clinical investigators with key engineering skills at Draper required to advance CIMIT programs,” said Dale Larson, Draper’s director for biomedical systems.

Comolli brings “depth and breadth in biomedical engineering and a passion for improving patient care” as he helps introduce scientists and engineers to physicians searching for new methods to better treat their patients, according to Dr. John A. Parrish, CIMIT executive director.

Draper is a co-founding member of CIMIT, a non-profit consortium of Boston-area teaching hospitals and engineering institutions that works to improve medical care through collaboration between the medical, scientific, and engineering communities.

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