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Albany Med Student Develops High-Impact Medical Technology

Albany, N.Y., July 28, 2014 — Albany Medical College student Nabeel Ali, ’17, has been named a “rising entrepreneur in health care” by Columbia University’s Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs.

The second-year student received national recognition last year for developing two types of cardiac imaging software while a student at Albany Med, and recently completed a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School to continue work on the software.

During the past year, he also developed two low-cost, environmentally sustainable devices to aid in the wound-healing process.

The first is a wheelchair seat with a crank that can continuously change the pressure on a patient’s thighs and buttocks. The second, a shoe insole that emits LED light, is designed to accelerate the healing process in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Blue LED light has been shown to accelerate wound healing and prevent infections.

“The wheelchair seat will be especially helpful for paraplegic patients or those whose movement is severely limited,” Ali said.

Both devices, which are still in development, “were designed with simplicity in mind,” Ali said. “We wanted to keep the costs as low as possible. These technologies could be used here at home, but our greater hope is that they will be used in developing countries.”

In addition, Ali was the youngest panelist invited to speak at the Google Glass Challenge, a gathering of tech experts and medical professionals that was held at Google’s Boston headquarters earlier this year.

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