BOSTON – The(CGIT) was founded 9 years ago to foster innovation in GI disease, according to , AGAF, and , the current cochairs. The mandate is still the same, with the idea that CGIT will continue to provide support and resources to a wide variety of stakeholders throughout the daunting process of getting a new technology or product through funding and approval to reimbursement and adoption. Dr. Komanduri, the medical director of the GI laboratory and director of interventional endoscopy at Northwestern University in Chicago, emphasized the need to support the entire process from idea to adoption as a continuum that should not be handled by different silos – CGIT should be there every step of the way.
CGIT will concentrate on six main areas now, although Dr. Muthusamy, director of interventional endoscopy and general GI endoscopy at the University of California, Los Angeles,that they are flexible enough to work with any GI-applicable technology that will help practicing clinicians. These six areas are endoscopy for bariatric treatments, endoscopy for resection in place of surgery, endoscope reprocessing, interventional endoscopy, endoscopic reflux technology, and endoscopic diagnostic colorectal advances.