Lisa Pamintuan, President of New York College of Health Professions announces the issuance of US Patent #8,583,272 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This new patent will not only change the cost curve for customized orthotic and orthopedic inserts, but will also make inserts available to millions of people and may prevent back hip, knee and foot problems in later life.
Donald Spector, Chairman of New York College of Health Professions and one of the most prolific inventors in the world, has patented a system whereby 3D scanners and printers can analyze skeletal structures and produce customized orthopedic inserts to correct postural problems in minutes for a fraction of the price of traditional orthopedic inserts.
"Orthopedic inserts have traditionally been made by casting which takes weeks and costs hundreds of dollars, thereby often preventing access to such treatments for many," said President Pamintuan. "Most people use over-the-counter insoles that don't take into account the compensation and bending of the spine to create equal pressure in the feet."
Pamintuan, who was a tennis professional and played at Wimbledon and the US Open was injured during her career. "These technologies will be great for athletes at all levels as well as the general population. With an aging population, chronic pain problems are increasing."
Wake Forest Innovations - the commercialization enterprise of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, New York Medical College and Touro University have signed Memorandums of Understanding this year with New York College of Health Professions for mutual technology development. Other major universities and medical centers and major corporations are discussing long term development of New York College's world class patent portfolio, which has been donated to the institution from its Chairman under the Intellectual Property policy and contract of the College.
Don Spector, introduced the first hydraulic exerciser, the MuscleWorker, through a license with AMF and was the inventor of the first electronic air freshening system, the Aroma Disc, after which Bristol-Myers Squibb set up a separate company for his inventions. Spector has also opened up multi-billion dollar industries in many other areas of consumer products, as well as being the author of the earliest known patents for location-based advertising that is the underpinning for one of the leading smartphone apps in the world.
New York College is now packaging a new Visions Portfolio with major companies that will include a think-tank of some of the most respected scientists and businesspeople in the world. They will work with the universities and corporations in what promises to be a public service to the community as well as a strong economic driver for the future.