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$50M Investment in Jump ARCHES Could Fuel New Generation of MedTech Research


An additional $50 million investment in a partnership between OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering will fuel a new generation of joint health research projects.

The partnership, established in 2013, is known as Jump ARCHES (Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation). Jump ARCHES is now backed by $112.5 million in endowment support.

The investments will be used to support research into mobile sensors and devices, Internet of Things applications, data analytics and social and behavioral determinants of health. Researchers will also use the funding to examine artificial intelligence and machine learning, mobility options for health and wellness, and human factors and ergonomics.

The grants give Jump ARCHES the opportunity to combine the strengths of Grainger Engineering, the University of Illinois’ Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences and Illinois Innovation Network to engineer solutions that improve healthcare.

The expansion of the partnership will contribute to statewide initiatives led by the University of Illinois System — Discovery Partners Institute and Illinois Innovation Network — to foster discovery and entrepreneurship that drives progress, job creation and economic growth.

The DiSomma Family Foundation granted the partners $25 million, while the OSF HealthCare Foundation made a $12.5 million commitment, which matched University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s contribution.

“This incredible new support from the DiSomma Family Foundation and the OSF HealthCare Foundation will allow our partnership to grow in exciting areas that we had not previously tackled,” said Rashid Bashir, dean of the Grainger College of Engineering. “We will continue to focus on medical simulation and healthcare engineering, but we will broaden our scope tremendously.”

Research teams from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois Medical College in Peoria will receive grants to drive their research. Due to the expansion, the partnership will provide about $4 million in grants annually, rather than $2 million.

Since its inception, Jump ARCHES had led to many innovations, including a virtual reality skill trainer for endotracheal intubation and a new process for 3D bioprinting to develop the next generation of artificial hearts.

The partnership has resulted in the funding of 34 projects and the launch of two startup companies, Enduvo and AirV Labs.

“Many researchers assert they are close to a groundbreaking medical innovation, but they’re challenged by resources,” said John Vozenilek, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer at Jump Trading and Simulation Center. “We believe in providing those resources out of which could come the next disruptive technology, medical device, process improvement or data analytics program that will radically improve care delivery.”

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