The UW School of Medicine selected Dr. James Stout, Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Health Services, as their 2019 Inventor of the Year recipient. Jim is also the creator and head of the Interactive Medical Training Resources (iMTR) group within the Children’s Health Institute at the UW. In addition, he is the inventor of Spirometry 360 ®, a program that trains medical professionals on spirometry, a common office test used to assess lung functions and to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other conditions that affect breathing.
Over a span of 16 years, CoMotion worked with Dr. Stout and his team to develop a licensing strategy that made it possible to provide access to the full range of Spirometry 360’s suite of training resources to test administrators and clinical providers across the U.S. and internationally. Spirometry 360 benefitted by generating license-based revenue. The team also received grants from CoMotion to further develop the Spirometry 360 suite by adding critical technical features to improve user access and broaden dissemination. “CoMotion has given us many opportunities over the years,” said James. “Gail Dykstra, our CoMotion innovation manager at the time, was an advocate, really believed in the work we did, and inspired us to keep after it! We couldn’t have done any of this without Gail and CoMotion’s support.”