Read about the latest career of Jim Sabatier, emeritus physics professor, putting his research skills to commercial use as the first tenant of the Innovation Hub at UM’s Insight Park, a 62,000-square-foot high-tech center that provides support and infrastructure to startup companies.
“Soairis a patented sonar technology that helps doctors monitor and assess fall risk in advanced-age patients by remotely measuring walking speed, leg and torso motion, and other parameters related to balance and walk gait. This technology shows promise in applied eldercare, a sector of the health care industry expected to grow as baby boomers continue to age. With the Innovation Hub as his base, he is able to take advantage of in-house resources to develop his research into a viable business.”
“It was bred into me as a graduate student that this was what I was supposed to do, but I struggled to know how to do it,” said Sabatier. “I’m a university faculty member by career, trying to become a businessman. The Innovation Hub provides all of the pieces I need.”