The term "convergence technology" is often defined in simplified terms as the combination of technologies from different fields into a single system or device. One general example is the "smart watch" which integrates telecommunications, information technology and biosensors into one system and device. Many other examples exist, such as :
The impact of these convergence technologies will be discussed at the 2020 World Medical Innovation Forum, which Nobel Laureate and MIT professor Phil Sharp has described with an even broader vision:
"It’s not just computer science and biology that are converging, but engineering, physics, material science and agriculture too," he says.
“Life science is part of all of those processes and bringing physicists and engineering and information technology together to integrate life science with the translation to solving those problems is what convergence is about,” Sharp says. “It’ll be decades of exciting science and exciting technology.”
Kevin Buckley has represented clients with convergence technology innovations for more than twenty years, and helped develop clinical and molecular pathology protocols for such convergent technologies as a scientist before becoming a patent attorney. Torrey Pines Law Group has assisted the combination of scientists, engineers, and physicians with developing, obtaining regulatory clearance, and commercializing convergence technologies including: