Tag Archives: Commercialization

Here’s Why It’s So Hard It’s So Hard To Bring Science To Market

It seems like every day we see or hear about a breakthrough new discovery that will change everything. Some, like perovskites in solar cells and CRISPR are improvements on existing technologies. Others, like quantum computing and graphene promise to open up new horizons encompassing many applications. Nevertheless, we are still waiting for a true market impact. Quantum computing and graphene ...

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Have an idea? What’s next?

During residency, Dr. Jones, realized there were many surgical problems that needed innovative solutions. During his chief year of residency, he started his first company and created and acquired patents around a more convenient surgical instrument. While working on this project, he identified several other clinical problems that needed to be solved and began to add to his portfolio of products. ...

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4 Questions Every Business Needs to Answer

When Alfred Sloan conceived the modern corporation at General Motors, he based it on hierarchical military organizations.  Companies were split into divisions, each with their own leadership.  Authority flowed downwards and your rank determined your responsibility. Yet lately, those top-down structures are being called into question. Brian Robertson, whose new book Holacracy offers a well thought out alternative to traditional organizations, ...

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The Diversity of University Tech Transfer Strategy

At the risk of stating the obvious, all universities are similar, but each one is different. Just when you think you’ve got a key piece of university tech transfer strategy figured out -- like peeling the proverbial onion -- you unearth another layer you haven’t even considered. (Actually, in this case, onions are much too stolid and predictable – maybe raking leaves on a windy day would be a better analogy.)

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Paradox of Innovation and Intellectual Property

Being involved in Open Innovation (OI), one of the most cited stumbling blocks is, yes, lawyers – Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys specifically.  To most business and R&D folks, IP counsel are viewed as deal killers.  So I was anxious to hear Kelly McDow, Associate General Counsel for P&G‘s Connect+Develop, speak at the 3rd Open Innovation Summit at BW’s Center for Innovation & Growth*.  Kelly started ...

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Are You Pursuing Innovation or Extinction?

Invention without Commercialization = Extinction, not Innovation by Deborah Mills-Scofield My job at Bell Labs was to invent and create.  We dreamed up all sorts of wonderful solutions to problems that did and didn’t exist.  But how did we learn about these problems? Some we just thought up.  Some came from AT&T corporate product management & marketing. But few came from seeing customers firsthand, so ...

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