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Unmet Clinical Need

Written by Paul Tessier A common refrain heard by healthcare entrepreneurs is that they should focus on satisfying an “unmet clinical need,” however there is no universal definition of the phrase, “unmet clinical need.”  Even established companies and public healthcare agencies, who use the concept of an unmet clinical need to assist in developing product…

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Specialist Series: Technology in Search of an Application

Technology in Search of an Application Part II of the Specialist Series: The Road to Commercialization: Challenges and Opportunities Written by John Randle Development models always start with addressing clinical needs, but scientific discoveries and technological advances typically happen independently from solving clinical problems. This article will explore ways you can ensure that you are…

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The Road to Commercialization: Series Introduction

Written by Erin McKenna, B-BIC Deputy Director There are multiple frameworks out there that outline the process for developing promising biomedical research into a range of innovative solutions – pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, and diagnostics.  Many of these processes leverage concepts that come from regulations developed by the FDA, the European Commission and others to…

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The Breakdown of a B-BIC Proposal / Business Plan

Over the course of 2019, our coaches and staff broke down the B-BIC application process to provide you with expert advice on all the of the questions we ask you to answer when applying for our program. For those who are not applying yet, the B-BIC proposal has many similarities to a business plan, which…

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SPECIALIST SERIES: What Is An Investible Hypothesis?

By Jay Knowles Partner, Innovation Many venture capitalists look for opportunities to invest in a company or a project such that if it reaches a certain inflection point, that company will become significantly more valuable, and what it will cost to get it to that point. As an example, investors often like to see how…

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Venture Adventure: Exploring the Role of the Inventor in Commercialization

Written by Carl Berke, PhD. Partner at the Partners Innovation Fund Thomas Edison famously remarked, “Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. The Wizard of Menlo Park was a prolific inventor who never left his lab, but his intellectual property was adopted by a plethora of companies who translated his technology into products that delighted…

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Specialist Series: Building Your Project Plan

Co-authored by Erin McKenna, B-BIC Deputy Director & Ron Blackman, B-BIC Sr. Project Manager. When considering a development path needed to move technology to the clinic and beyond, it’s essential to address two questions:  Who will support the development of your technology, and what will they want to see to believe it can be commercialized? Who Will Support…

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Specialist Series: Reimbursement Basics

Contributed by Ed Berger Principal Larchmont Strategic Advisors Reimbursement strategy counsel to companies across the life sciences spectrum   A basic understanding of the healthcare reimbursement system is an important success factor for any entrepreneur developing a new medical product. Reimbursement is critical to opportunity assessment, business plan development, investor due diligence, and commercial success.  The…

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Specialist Series: A Brief Introduction to Intellectual Property

Contributed by Lesley Watts, Director of B-BIC Operations & Finance Intellectual property is the product of a person’s creativity and it can take several forms including patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets.  Patents play a key role in innovation and economic development, particularly in the life sciences, because they allow the patent holder to capture the…

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