Driving Safety Research Gets Traction as Business Venture

Originally published in two versions, on Cornerstone, the CHOP Research Blog, and in Bench to Bedside, the CHOP Research monthly publication

I composed these original articles based on interviews with the investigators.


If you do not expect pediatric research to have anything to do with improving the bottom line of a parcel delivery service or cable company, then the story of Diagnostic Driving may surprise you.

Diagnostic Driving, a startup company spun out from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, has spent the past several months accelerating from an idea based on teen driver safety research into a thoroughly researched, successfully piloted business model for improving the safety of corporate automotive fleets. At the end of October, Venk Kandadai, MPH, co-founder of the company, traveled across the country presenting Diagnostic Driving’s success to date and seeking investments so the company can continue its growth.

The company’s journey is an illustration of what a growing number of CHOP-generated ideas may experience soon under the guidance of the new Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

To trace this company’s road from research to the startup world, let’s hit reverse and see where it began.

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