Bridging the Gap: UT Health San Antonio and Anthony Francis Lead the Way in Scientific Discovery and Product Development

Advancing Health Innovation into the Market through Science and Medicine

UT Health San Antonio has been at the forefront of scientific discovery for months, showcasing how their work has improved lives and will continue to do so. The university has recently welcomed a new member to their team, Anthony Francis, who is not a scientist but brings experience in bringing products to market.

Francis, the Associate Vice President of Innovation and Development at UT Health San Antonio, believes that his outsider perspective can enhance the impact of scientific discoveries. He emphasizes the importance of considering whether anyone values the innovation, especially when trying to transition technical advancements into marketable solutions.

According to Francis, universities often focus on technical merit and patent potential when commercializing products. However, he believes that a more critical question is whether the market actually cares about the product. He sees great promise in digital therapeutics, such as the KIOS app, which helps individuals with substance use disorder in their recovery journey. He aims to leverage technology to improve health outcomes and bridge the gap between science and business.

The collaboration between TPR and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, known as Science & Medicine, explores how scientific discoveries in San Antonio are transforming the practice of medicine globally.

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