Who We Are
Awards and Recognition
– Selected as a Featured Company at the 2014 Impact conference
– Winner of the 2014 AppitUP competition to receive free App development
– Selected for platform presentation at AAO-HNS physician meeting 2014
– PACT Enterprise Award Finalist for Life-Sciences Start-up of the year
Mobileoptx is the developer, manufacturer, and supplier of products for linking currently used medical devices to smartphone technology, principally sold through global distribution contracts. Mobileoptx is a commercial stage development company. Since most physicians carry smartphones, adapting a device to capture images, both pictures and video, for later review by supervisors, patients, or for the medical record is a natural and cost effective extension of what has become an indispensable tool of everyday life. Creating a permanent visual record by bringing the smartphone into routine medical practice eliminates the need for repeat endoscopy improving safety, accuracy and reducing costs. Mobileoptx first product was the idea of Otolaryngology Surgeons from University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Jason Brant a Fellow in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania and incubated through the UPStart Program.
Natasha Mirza, MD, FACS is a Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Penn Voice and Swallowing Center. She has been in this academic practice for 20 years. She has published extensively, written numerous book chapters and is active in clinical and translational research relating to airway and esophageal pathology. She is a member of numerous national and international societies and is involved in the AAOHNS. Throughout her career she has been focused on the education of both students and residents and has received many teaching awards. Her work in academics and as the point person for airway and laryngeal pathology lead her to investigate how best to use smart phone technology with endoscopes to efficiently convey vital information for efficient patient care. The significant difficulty in communicating the bedside, emergency room patient pathology, the challenges faced by consulting physicians to transfer information in real time and also to communicate these findings to patients and their families prompted her to seek a solution. She has worked with Jason Brant, who has a bioengineering background and jointly were able to help develop and patent this easy to use endoscope coupling device. A recent clinical study has also been completed showing the efficacy of this device with a greater than 90% concurrence in findings with the conventional naked eye endoscopic view with that obtained through MobileOptx. Physicians and residents in the major teaching hospital have testified to the benefits of being able to use this convenient technology.
Jason A. Brant, MD completed his undergraduate training in biomedical engineering before attending medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He chose a career in otolaryngology and began his training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Early in his residency he began to see the inefficiencies in the standard methods for recording and sharing endoscopic examinations, and realized that he had the technology to improve this in his pocket. At this time he began working with Dr. Mirza on a simple and elegant way to use smartphone technology to improve the care that is available to patients and after a trip to Home Depot, the first prototype was born. Since that time he has continued his training while working with the rest of the MobileOptx team to bring this technology to all physicians who perform endoscopies in order to improve the care they provide to their patients