Organization: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Country: United States
Year Founded: 1865
Number of Employees: 500+
Innovation Class: Business & Management Innovation
Innovation Subclass: Market Engagement
PracticePoint was specifically developed to accelerate development of commercially viable medical technologies, including robotics systems.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) opened PracticePoint, a membership-based, medical technologies research and development center. WPI pledged matching funds for the facility, and founding partners included MITRE, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Boston Scientific. The PracticePoint facility boasts of several different suites (home health, patient care, fully functional operating room) and labs (MRI, neurotechnology, motion capture, 3D printing), along with and electronics fabrication workshop and machine shop. PracticePoint alliance members— public and private universities, research institutions and industry — have access to these collocated resources, and can collaborate with each other and members of the WPI research community.