Leslie Saxon, MD, founder and executive director of the Center for Body Computing at USC opened up the sixth annual Body Computing Conference with an announcement that they will be opening their own digital health incubator in the coming months to commercialize technologies developed in-house at USC and by partners of the Body Computing Lab.

“We are a very organic organization and we have a start-up mentality and innovators realize that we get things done,” Saxon said in an interview with MobiHealthNews. “More and more innovators are coming to us because of our stellar reputation so we felt we needed to create an innovation structure for different digital health solutions, including drug product lines.”

According to Saxon, they haven’t quite finalized their plans for the “acceleration center”, but she did say they are currently engaging the multidisciplinary community at USC to bring together a comprehensive group of partners and ensure they aren’t just building another digital health accelerator. This is consistent with the group’s mission statement, which states clearly on the CBC website.

The CBC is an interdisciplinary brain trust that brings together USC’s Keck School of Medicine and our world-renowned School of Cinematic Arts with the university’s schools of Business and Engineering.  Our purpose is to creatively synthesize medicine, engineering, business, communications, and entertainment arts into new paradigms that will innovatively enhance the quality of life, especially for the 2 billion people worldwide who lack access to healthcare.

In separate news, Saxon’s lab has also added BMW as a partner in an effort to integrate biometric data, such as heart rate and blood pressure, to enhance, entertain and inform the driving experience.

“We are very proud to be the first and, to date, the only automobile manufacturer in this broadly diverse partnership. The BMW Group has been studying the science of ergonomics for a long time and has done a lot of work in the field of Human Machine Interface, making this partnership a very natural fit,” said Dr. Dirk Rossberg, Head of the BMW Group Technology Office USA. “Based on their work in the field we expect to learn a lot from our partnership with CBC. We look forward to contributing a lot as well.”

“BMW is a premier brand and has some of the most sophisticated sensors in the automobile industry,” said Leslie A. Saxon, MD, the executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing. “There is a reason BMW is called the ultimate driving machine. BMW understands its customers and they innovate around performance. The USC CBC, in partnership with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, is excited to work with BMW to test and create the world’s most advanced monitoring tools.”