2008 Washington State Biomedical Device Summit

The summit provided a look at a variety of new medical devices. [Pathway Medical Technologies, Inc] presented a little plastic device that holds an amount of premeasured medicine to treat natal Tetanus for anyone with a couple hours of training. [Kurve Technologies] is manufacturing micro devices to deliver treatments to the brain via the nasal cavity. [Spiration, Inc] creates pulmonary devices to treat Emphysema. [Philips Heathcare] is a large company who develops both big and small boxes and that acquired ATL who develops ultrasound devices. A new device on the conference showcase is a plastic bubble that intends on replacing a standard hood as a mobile sterile environment. Nancy Campbell of [Therapeutic Resources] is working on developing an integrated device to help prevent battlefield insomnia. [Respironics] manufactures a sleep machine that prevents snoring.

Governor Gregoire recently designated Bothell as an [Innovation Partnership Zone]. This new zone will principally support medical device/ultra-sound manufacturing.

One hot topic discussed by the summit panel and the Chancellor of University of Washington Bothell is that the UW canít seem to facilitate communication between biotech companies and the students. Not only do grads lacks the skills to work for these biotech companies, there doesnít exist a way to let students know of opportunities with the biotech companies. The UWB recently formed the [Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology Institute] to potentially integrate students and biotech companies. UWB has plans of adding a [Technology Transfer] faculty member. The main UW campus has a variety of [computer science research] areas.

Organizations that attended: [Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association], [Washington Technology Industry Association], [Prosperity Partnership], [Snohomish County Economic Development], [City of Bothell]

Biotechnology areas:
[research and development],
[manufacturing],
[imaging],
[medical implants],
[electromedical equipment],
[drug delivery],
[analytical devices],
[electromedical devices],
[surgical devices],
[ophthalmic devices],
[dental devices]

Yahoo Desktop Widgets

[Yahoo] – has extensive API documentation and tools for creating Yahoo Widgets

[Widget Converter] – allows fast conversion between flat widget files and a directory structure to bundle and analyze widgets

[Konfabulator] – provides online manual documentation on Widgets

[Widget Creation Tutorial] – is the first thing you should read before making your first Widget

[UniView] – is a handy tool to help encode text properly

[Forums] – to chat with fellow widget creators

[Apple] – provides widget design guidelines

[Microsoft] – provides design guidelines when creating Widgets

[Yahoo] – has an article about using Flash in Widgets

Natural Language Processing

NLP – Natural Language Processing
NLU – Natural Language Understanding

[Wikipedia] – has tons of resources about NLP

[Microsoft] – has a special group dedicated to NLP

[SourceForge] – has source code to several open source NLP projects

[Ai-depot] – has an interesting article on using Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics to perform NLP

[Dogpile] – has more natural language processing results

[SourceForge] – has more open source projects related to NLU

[Dogpile] – has more natural language understanding results

[Gate] – General Architecture for Text Engineering is a widely used and extensive Java library for NLP

POST Card

I plugged in the Power-On-Self-Test card into my ASUS P5N-E SLI motherboard with yielded error code 7F. I’ll have to find the correct set of post codes for the [Award Bios]. This says that errors are displayed and its waiting for a key press. That seems correct, because as soon as I press a key the post codes continue to cycle. The pattern of post codes are: FF A0 1d C1 FF A0 C1 FF A0 11 C0 C1 FF A0 C0 A0 C0 C1 FF A0 C1 FF A0 1d C1 FF A0 C1 C3 2d 50 52 080 75 86 80 FF 80… stop.