Measurable Me. The Muse: January 10

I hope you all are returning from the holidays refreshed and ready for a great new year. Over the holidays I took the opportunity to do some deep dives into areas of interest on and off campus.

There may be a revolution going on in the technology and information sectors driven by both consumer interest and economics that will favor the deployment of new low cost detection and diagnostic systems.  There is an adage that I have heard more over the last years that says “you can’t manage what you don’t measure”.  I think this has been one of the motivations for our healthcare issues, where measuring health through wellness and disease is proposed to help manage the costs of healthcare delivery.

This adage covers many sectors.  The recent passage of the Food Safety Compliance Act introduced by the FDA sets new guidelines on testing for food safety and security and will also take advantage of this apparent revolution.  The opportunity for sustainable systems driven by this new act may also be enhanced as regulation and industrial shareholder value coincide.

For public health and agriculture, this convergence is recognized in the increased interest in outbreak detection for mitigating disease and protecting commodity value.  The outstanding diagnostic assets at CSU seem to me to be poised to participate in this exciting trend. Over the holidays I had the pleasure of meeting Barb Powers at the Diagnostics Lab that houses the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) and supports the diagnostic needs of the veterinary school as one great example of the potential here.

In the next few months, I will be inviting senior thought leaders from different sectors to interact with campus on this topic.  We will do this through a new series called Leaders in Innovation.  Invitees for the next semester include science and technology leaders from Starbucks, Mars Corporation, the Biological Advanced Research and Development Agency at NIH, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.  Each of these organizations has an interest in this area and will be interacting with faculty and administrators to learn how CSU can help solve problems in their fields.  I welcome your interest and participation.