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The Biodesign Pathfinder Center seeks to use information technology and molecular diagnostics to help shift the focus of health systems from late-stage disease response to more cost-effective, early intervention strategies. Pioneered by Nobel Laureate Lee Hartwell, with support from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the Center seeks to pursue innovative partnerships and build solution-networks with forward-thinking experts, institutions and companies.
Two key projects, Project HoneyBee and the Biosignatures Initiative, have made headlines and attracted local, national, and international partners. These projects explore how physiological data, captured by a wide spectrum of wearable devices and sensors, might integrate with molecular data to help individual health and health systems improve outcomes. In addition, the center is involved in the oversight of multiple observational clinical trials (OCTs) with local and national health care systems to test the utility of commercial wearable devices for health monitoring, including Mayo Clinic, Barrow Neurological Institute, Dignity Health and Honor Health, among others.