Navigating the Innovation Lifecycle: Bringing New Ideas to Healthcare

The Innovation Symposium Series is a complimentary five-part speaker series focused on navigating the commercial innovation lifecycle. The Symposium Series is open to any PHS-affiliated investigator, clinician and administrator working on, or considering, research that has the potential to be a commercial product. Non-PHS guests are welcome based on available capacity. Each symposium will conclude with a networking reception.

Each Symposium session is richly designed to provide the education, tools and real-world examples needed to help commercialize your research.

Join us and learn how to pave a pathway to commercialize your research:

  • Position your ideas and market them to Industry
  • Manage your intellectual property
  • Negotiate research and material transfer agreements
  • Develop agreements for commercialization of intellectual property
  • Provide guidance and network for start-up opportunities

Introducing the Symposium Series: Attend One, Attend All

Filling the Gap: Translating Your Research via Disease Foundation Support
Translation research funding is the bedrock upon which medical innovation rests. Join us to learn about effective strategies and important issues to consider when seeking translational research funding from disease foundations. Registration is OPEN. Click here to secure your seat!
Tuesday, September 19th from 5:00 PM–7:30 PM at the BWH Bornstein Amphitheatre

IP Protection: Safeguarding Your Research for Commercialization

Intellectual property is the cornerstone of commercial licenses. Attendees will learn how protection is obtained, how investigators can help strengthen the protection of their invention, and the impact recent court decisions have on biological inventions.
Tuesday, October 17, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM, MGH Simches Research Center Auditorium

Navigating Healthcare IT: Winning Strategies to Commercialize Your HIT Invention

The opportunities and challenges of commercializing Healthcare Information Technology, or HIT, are different from those in typical patent based licensing. Experts will identify these distinguishing features and provide insights about the direction of future technologies.
Tuesday, December 7, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM, BWH Bornstein Family Amphitheater

Industry Insights: Positioning Your Research to a Commercial Partner

Pitching a research program to industry for funding support requires that investigators understand the motivations and needs of companies that sponsor academic research. Learn first-hand from an industry leader how to position your research more effectively to gain interest and funding support. Hear from peers how they mastered the challenges and pitfalls of landing a commercial partner.
Wednesday, January 24, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM, MGH Simches Research Center Auditorium

Case Closed: Taking the Mystery Out of Start-ups and Venture Capital Funding

Medical innovation often enters the market via start-ups supported by venture capital investors. Attendees will hear first-hand from a well-known investor the criteria used when making investment decisions. A panel of peers will discuss the venture capital finance models they used and the paths chosen to get innovative medical technology to patients.
Wednesday, February 28, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM, MGH Simches Research Center Auditorium

Filling The Gap: Translating Your Research via Disease Foundation Support

The first Symposium Session will convene on Tuesday, September 19th from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM at the BWH Bornstein Amphitheatre.
This session will provide hands on strategies for obtaining translational research funding from disease-focused foundations. Faculty and employees will gain insight into disease foundations and the many ways they support translational research.
This session will address the following questions:

  • What gaps do foundations address?
  • What is the impact of foundations?
  • How do foundations measure success?
  • How do I position my research around their highest priorities?
  • How should I prepare when approaching a foundation?

Session Speakers:

  • Howard Weiner, MD, Director, Multiple Sclerosis Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Robert L. Kroc Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
  • Guillermo Tearney MD, PhD, Mike and Sue Hazard Family MGH Research Scholar; Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
  • Omid Farokhzad, MD, Director, Center for Nanomedicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
  • Walter Kostich, PhD, Director, Commercial Research, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Session Agenda:
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM  Registration
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM   Principal Investigator Experience
5:45 PM – 6:25 PM   Fireside Chat
6:25 PM – 6:55 PM   Panel Discussion
6:55 PM – 7:00 PM   Summary / Wrap-up
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM   Networking Reception

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