Kidney Paired Donation Company (Silverstone Solutions) Receives Great Coverage at DEMO 09

paired-donation4I’ve been helping my good friend, David Jacobs, launch the new version of his kidney swap software today at DEMO.  So far he is receiving great coverage.

Below is some of the coverage so far along with the release explaing it all.  I’ll update this post throughout the conference.

If interested in following DEMO, it will be broadcast live this year.

1) In USA Today, Ed Baig writes:

Silverstone Solutions Matchmaker: This may be the most unusual idea to appear at Demo in years, but it’s also potentially a lifesaver. Silverstone uses complex mathematical algorithms to match up incompatible “paired” kidney donors.  Founder David Jacobs (formerly with Microsoft, Macromedia and Marimba) got to work on the idea after his own (successful) kidney transplant.

2) CNET’s Daniel Tierderman writes an extensive article in which he says:

When President Obama talks about employing technology to improve the health care system, perhaps he’s talking about something like the kidney donation software developed by Silverstone Solutions.

(Personal comment: If you have not discovered Daniel‘s “Geek Gestalt” column/blog before, be sure to bookmark it.  Following Daniel’s annual summer tech road-trip is one of the most fun series on the Web.)

3) Larry Magid of CNET/CBS Radio does an extensive radio interview with David where you can hear David talk about the idea.

4) In the Wall Street Journal, Don Clark writes:

In one of the most unusual offerings, an entrepreneur named David Jacobs is describing a new version of software that was inspired by his struggle to find an organ donor when his kidneys failed. His start-up, called Silverstone Solutions Inc., has been working to help hospitals speed the process of matching patients with compatible living donors of kidneys — a tough mathematical problem that involves screening test results for blood types, antigens, age and other factors that could cause the body to reject a donated organ.

Mr. Jacobs said the system has already been used by a San Francisco hospital to match 23 pairs of donors and recipients, and he hopes to offer it to other institutions.

Finally, for Anyone interested in reading the press release itself, a copy can be obtained here.