Dr. Jae S. Son, Ph.D. is an entrepreneur and inventor, establishing his expertise in advanced sensor technologies while at Harvard Robotics Laboratory. This involved collaborative research with the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, Yale Vision and Robotics Group, and the Stanford Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory, in which he developed a new tactile sensor technology that emulates human sense of touch in Robots. Mr Son founded two medical device companies, Sierra Scientific Instruments (SSI) and Medical Tactile (MTI), where his sensor technology is the backbone of products. Over the past decade, both companies received millions of dollars in government grants and private investment. Having gone through the frustrating process of breast cancer diagnosis with his mother (she is alive and well after 10 years) Jae was motivated his drive to develop SureTouch, a more effective tool to aid physicians with breast cancer. Kelly Forshaw of Red Touch Media spoke with Dr Jae Son about his technology and what it was like for him setting up in the UK.
Kelly: Hi I’m Kelly with Red Touch Media; I’m joined with Jae Son. Jae tell us about your company?
Jae: My company is called Medical Tactile, we’ve developed a device called SureTouch a breast examination device that is digital that doesn’t have radiation or use compression and has an equivalent if not better accuracy than conventional exams.
Kelly: You’ve recently set up a base in the UK as well, tell us why you thought that appropriate?
Jae: So LA is probably one of the best places to live, I’ve travelled quite a bit; in terms of the weather, all the amenities, facilities that are here. But, from a business perspective it’s probably one of the worst places, California is one of the worst places to do business for me. The UK has been wonderful in terms of opportunities and encouragements they provide, it was almost a no brainer to set up. Especially because of our relationship with a former employee, who is now a professor at Strathclyde. Compared to trying to set up things here in California it’s been fantastic.
Kelly: With a product like this, that your company has developed, how do you go about marketing that, do you use any content to get it out there?
Jae: SureTouch is very new so trying to get it out there is something that requires some time and education, we’re really setting up a base in the UK to penetrate the european market so clinical studies and buying from the KOLs is something that we’re working on. The British government, the UKTI has been fantastic in helping us and keeping us connected. I’d also like to thanks Red Touch for setting this up to see Steven Gerrard scoring his first goal in Los Angeles.
— UK Consulate in LA (@UKinLA) July 18, 2015
Kelly: Do you have a team over here; are you a Galaxy fan I take it?
Jae:It’s amazing actually how well Galaxy has done, but in terms of the rest of the world we have a lot of catching up to do. I’m looking forward to it growing and seeing the soccer, or football in the US really flourish.
Kelly: Is there a team in the UK who has sort of took your eye?
Kelly: Yes, the biggest rivalry, that’s okay.
Jae: You’ll have to invite me to a Liverpool game and convert me!
Kelly: Thank you so much for speaking to us.
Jae: My pleasure!