Kohei Matsumoto, M.A. Kohei has been a member of MRTD group at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) since September of 2015, while he pursued a MA degree in Public Policy which he completed in the Fall of 2016.
Kohei was a key member of the team that successfully applied and participated in the Innovations Corps (I-Corps) program hosted by the Polsky Center of Entrepreneurship in the UChicago Business school, and funded by a National Science Foundation grant. In this role, he investigated the entrepreneurial and healthcare policy aspects of emerging technologies in MRI. Specifically, he individually contributed to determining the overall lack of clarity in the current pricing mechanisms for new technological and software-based diagnostic evaluations. He also helped extrapolate from first-person interviews and literature survey data that conventional marketing methodologies employed to assess viability of new commercial technologies (hence tailored to consumer goods), are less effective in assessing the success of singular clinical technologies that require hospital purchase.
Kohei has helped MRTD secure several research awards from the National Institutes of Health as well as an industry award. He has co-authored in four conference abstracts including one such work as the principal author, and has given independent conference presentations outside of MRTD. He also received a prestigious merit-based award from the Honjo Scholarship foundation in Japan that allowed him to continue his research after competing his studies at the University of Chicago at the end of 2016.
Currently, Kohei is a PhD student in Marketing at the University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC). While studying the market proliferation of healthcare technologies, he continues to collaborate with the MRTD activities at IIT during his spare time.