I got an announcement Thursday that UCLA has named Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., executive director of its Wireless Health Institute. This was news to me, not that the institute had a new director, but that UCLA had a Wireless Health Institute in the first place.
According to the press release, the school set up the institute in 2008. That was news to me. I guess I should be on top of this, given that I’m the editor of the new FierceMobileHealthcare, but it appears that UCLA hasn’t done too much to promote this center, given that the last headline on the home page was from Oct. 31, 2008. Perhaps the appointment of Soon-Shiong, founder and chairman of biotech firm Abraxis BioScience, means the institute will become more active?