Written by Donna O'Neill / November 15, 2017
CoMotion prides itself on identifying UW research teams with ideas that can become training resources, can make a direct impact on the community, and have commercial potential. “All Patients Safe” suicide-prevention training is a great example of the direct impact innovations CoMotion helps make available for the benefit of the public and for the development of new technologies by many UW colleges, departments, and disciplines.
CoMotion has been an active supporter (since 2014) of the UW team that created All Patients Safe. The CoMotion Innovation Fund provided the Forefront Suicide Prevention in UW’s School of Social Work with a grant that launched the team’s initial planning and facilitated the collaboration with the School of Medicine’s AIMS Center, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Using funds from the grant and support from Psychiatry and Social Work, CoMotion’s grant was used to develop the online interactive video-enhanced training. With business and marketing strategy through CoMotion, All Patients Safe launched as a commercial offering to Washington State healthcare providers and had its first paying customer within hours of its launch.
Congratulations to the All Patients Safe team for their unique training that will educate healthcare providers and ultimately help save lives.
Jeanette Ennis supports UW researchers pursuing grant money to commercialize their innovations, and helps CoMotion secure economic development grant opportunities. Ennis joined CoMotion in 2009 after more than 15 years of broad research experience as a scientist, entrepreneur, and manager. Her areas of expertise include pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular biology, tissue engineering, and medical devices. She has worked with a variety of start-up companies as project manager, grant writer, and intellectual property manager, and held senior research positions at Cornell University and the UW Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. She earned a doctorate in medical and molecular pharmacology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she trained with Louis Ignarro, Nobel Laureate in Physiology. She also holds a certificate in technical writing and editing from the UW Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.