OmniLife Research is pleased to announce the partnership with the Starzl Network led by UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The organizations will be working together to drive innovation and improve communication around the organ offer and acceptance, specifically with the goal of reducing pediatric waitlist mortality.
The Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation honors the life and legacy of Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, recognized as the father of transplantation, and carries on his work of discovery and lifesaving innovation. It is a community of top pediatric liver transplant centers focused on discovery and lifesaving innovation. Given their focus on innovation, it was a natural partnership that grew from the collaborative work they have been doing over the past few years.
“We are very excited to be working with UPMC Children’s Hospital and supporting the Starzl Network as a disruptor-level sponsor,” said Eric Pahl from OmniLife. “We pride ourselves in providing industry-leading innovative solutions to the transplantation community, and getting to work with one of the leading institutions and top transplant centers in the U.S. is a real honor.”
The partnership is going to be focusing on communication between all partners (internal and external) involved in the organ transplantation process along with some very innovative technology to help with clinical decision support. The clinical trial portion of the study will last 12 months and it began in January 2021.
“OmniLife is looking at a problem in the transplant realm that does not currently have a solution,” said M. Asad Zaman, Director, UPMC Children’s. “Working on communication during organ acceptance can help a tremendous amount of people. Even improving the process by 10% could mean improving hundreds or thousands of lives in addition to what they’re already doing.”
Dr. George Mazariegos the Chief of Transplantation and surgery at UPMC Children’s says “It is wonderful to work with companies that are aligned with your mission of eliminating child waitlist deaths. Working with OmniLife will help us to push to the next step in accomplishing this goal.”
This partnership will include all 10 participating centers in the Starzl Network, including Seattle Children’s Hospital, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Sick Kids (Canada), Columbia University Medical Center, Mount Sinai, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Advent Health.