I’m writing to you on behalf of a highly motivated and brilliant group of Ohio State students. The Ohio State University CCTS in collaboration with the Department of Design and other partners, launched the Medical Device Co-Design Studio to accelerate the development of commercially viable university owned health technologies. This is a graduate level course to teach students from all disciplines how to translate technical, scientific or creative concepts to innovative business ideas & to create value for patients and people who are the ultimate beneficiaries of these promising technologies. Using co-design methodologies and other innovative approaches, students will work with inventors, stakeholders and patients in the design and development process to ensure the resulting product or device is simultaneously useful, usable, feasible, viable and desirable. Students will be collecting data through rigorous methods towards improving the overall quality and design of the medical device. Please note that this is not a research project.
We know that your valuable time is limited. Because of your expertise and experience using manual wheelchairs, we are asking if you would be willing to serve as an expert we can speak to regarding a technology related to manual wheelchairs. In this role, a dedicated team of students who are working on the technology described in the confidential summary below would like to interview you.
Subject: Help us make your wheelchair smarter
If you are a manual wheelchair user over 18 years of age who uses a smart device (e.g. smartphone, smart watch, tablet), we are requesting your participation in the following:
- Short pre-interview survey (less than 5 minutes)
- 30-60 minute interview over Zoom to discuss an average day using your wheelchair, focusing on the activities you participate in and how technology can better support your needs. You will receive an honorarium of $50.00 for participating in this activity.
- (Optional) Post-interview survey (5-10 minutes) AND/OR opportunity to engage in a second 30-60 minute interview over Zoom to provide more detailed feedback and suggestions about activity tracking technology. You will receive an additional honorarium of $50.00 for participating in the second Zoom interview.
- (Optional) Collaborative workshop with project team members, wheelchair users, experts and other stakeholders over Zoom (90 minutes). You will receive an additional honorarium of $100.00 for participating in this activity.
- Honoraria will be made one time at the end of the project period, after April 19th.
This information will be used to gather feedback about how a novel smart device for manual wheelchair users could serve your needs. The optional collaborative session will be an opportunity to learn more about this novel smart device and help us improve its design. We consider you to be an expert on this topic and your insights may benefit manual wheelchair users. Please feel free to pass on this information to others who may be interested.
Additional details will be provided upon your acceptance of this invitation. Due to the need to protect Ohio State’s proprietary information, inventions, and licensing opportunities, I will be working with you to obtain a fully executed Non-Disclosure Agreement. Please let us know if you’re interested and if you’re available before Friday, April 2, for at least one 30-60 minute interview. The interdisciplinary team of students working on this project are flexible and willing to work with your schedule, including evenings and weekends.
Thank you very much for considering our request!
Looking forward to your reply,
Tanya Mathew, BDS, MS
CCTS Translational Innovation Program – Translating your IP to Market
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry
Co-Chair, Diversity Council, Wexner Medical Center & Health Science Colleges
2021 Ruth C. Bailey Endowed Award for Multicultural Engagement & Inclusive Excellence, Office of Diversity & Inclusion