Welcome to MedStar Inventor Services
We work hand-in-hand with MedStar associates to transform your innovative ideas and discoveries into commercial products and services that advance health and improve the patient and family experience.
You have lots of good ideas but that’s only one part of developing a product. MedStar Inventor Services will help you determine if your idea does not already exist, bring in experts to evaluate the clinical need, assess the market for the product, get it through the burdensome patent process, negotiate the terms of the license, and monitor the agreement to make sure the licensee delivers. All this at no cost to you AND if your product makes it to market you get 50% of revenue after expenses are recouped.
You can email your idea here or, if your idea is further developed, submit the Invention Disclosure Form below.
Is your idea something you’re using at work that could be transferred or taught to other MedStar associates? Visit our MInnovations website to submit your idea or browse the MInnovations gallery. Visit our MInnovations website
So let’s get started!
Is Your Idea an Invention?
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Here’s how the INVENT℠ process works and how MedStar supports you
The first step is to think about your idea as a product.
- What problem does it solve?
- Who would use it?
- Who would buy it?
- How much would it cost?
- What is the value proposition (cost/time savings, better treatment outcomes, increased income), etc.?
This video and questionnaire will help you think about things to consider in formulating and refining your idea into an invention. Give it a descriptive title (i.e. "Rotary Cuff Tear Rehabilitation Device" not "Stephen's Wonder Gizmo") and do a web search on that title. What did you find?
Try to describe your idea in as much detail as possible. Be creative. Draw pictures (you don't have to be an artist), use others' pictures to illustrate features of your idea. You have two choices of submitting your idea:
- The Quick Submit (less than 100 words) by emailing your idea here; or
- The Invention Disclosure Form which asks you specific questions about your idea. (Click here for the printable version and email it to [email protected]). You may send any drawings, pictures or other files. We are available to help you completing this form. Just email [email protected] and we'll get back to you shortly.
Unfortunately a good idea alone does not make a great product. In order for MedStar Inventor Services to commercialize your idea, we assess
- Market size
- Intellectual property space (patents, copyrights and trademarks)
- Competitive product landscape.
Your idea needs to offer a significant competitive advantage to any company that might manufacture, market and sell our inventions.
MedStar Inventor Services works with Cleveland Clinic Innovations to commercialize MedStar Inventions. Check out the box to the right and learn more about Cleveland Clinic Innovation and their INVENT (SM) Process.
Everyone can invent, it just starts with a good idea.
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Alexander W. Dromerick, MD
Director of the Neuroscience Research Center and the Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
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MedStar Health is a founding partner in the Global Healthcare Innovations Alliance with Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI), one of the premiere technology commercialization organizations in the world. CCI’s experience in bringing new products to the marketplace gives MedStar Inventor Services a critical edge. You can find a copy of the MedStar Intellectual Property policy here. To assist you in understanding it, we have created an IP Policy Guide. Read a past post about the launch of the alliance here.
Watch how Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI), the commercialization arm of Cleveland Clinic, works with caregivers to transform their ideas into innovations. The video walks aspiring inventors through submitting an idea, and gives a brief overview of CCI's INVENT™ process.
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Morarji Peesay, MD
Neonatologist, Associate Professor And Faculty Member Of Division Of Neonatal Prenatal Medicine At The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital In Washington, DC
In partnership with MedStar Inventor Services, he created an inventive prototype called HIFI-NC (High Frequency Nasal Cannula).
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Erin Felger, MD
Endocrine Surgery and Thyroid Cancer, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Dr. Felger and researchers at Simskin LLC jointly developed the Thyroid Surgical Trainer, a detailed training model to simulate multiple thyroid procedures.