Program to advance early-stage technologies

Provided by: Emory Biotech Consulting Club

Who’s eligible: All Emory faculty and students

Faculty-led ventures working with Emory’s Office of Technology Transfer can get the help of student teams in this twice-yearly (fall and spring) program.

For several hours each week, the student teams undertake a number of tasks and assignments to help the faculty venture develop. Along the way, they get guidance from industry experts.

Students get a first look at the projects at a kickoff event, after which the club’s executive board assigns teams based on student interest and relevant experience.<

The program allows faculty entrepreneurs to make faster progress and be better positioned to secure funding, while offering students valuable startup experience.

See the full program >

Help with developing and testing a medical product

Provided by: Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI)

Who’s eligible: Any Emory employee or student seeking to market a medical device

If you’re looking for help taking a medical product from concept to commercialization, GCMI can provide “lifecycle advisory services.”

GCMI’s team is an entire ecosystem of experts – including several biomedical engineers – who work to minimize risk and streamline overall development. They provide:

  • Design and development – from generating initial concepts through transfer to production manufacturing. The design and development team follows a structured, phase-gated process to ensure a disciplined approach. Ask about design and development >
  • Preclinical testing and bioskills training – for developers of medical devices, biologics and pharmaceuticals in 11 therapeutic areas. GCMI’s preclinical contract research organization is GLP-compliant and AAALAC-accredited. Find out more about preclinical training and testing >

Those who use GCMI’s lifecycle advisory services can enter at different points on the commercialization path, from back-of-the-napkin ideas to late-stage preclinical work, regulatory submission and post-market training.

The GCMI team can also help you work through regulatory compliance, clinical practices, intellectual property and healthcare economics, all in a capital-efficient way.

GCMI will provide a cost estimate for the services provided to you prior to beginning work.

Free consultation about launching a company

Provided by: Emory Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

Who’s eligible: All Emory employees and students interested in starting a company based on the technologies created by them and owned by Emory

If you’re thinking seriously about starting a company, this Emory Venture Navigator site is a great place to start.

But there’s also nothing quite like a conversation with an expert. Emory’s Office of Technology Transfer welcomes a dialogue with you.

If you want to chat about how to take that great idea out of your head and start moving it forward, email Patrick Reynolds, assistant director of faculty & startup services. Or call Patrick at (404) 727-5169.

Or if you’d like to discuss the specifics involved with creating a company – and how Emory OTT can support your venture development – email Kevin Lei, director of faculty & startup services. You can also call Kevin at (404) 727-7241.

These initial meetings or consultations don’t have any required criteria – just your idea, invention or interest.

How Emory evaluates your technology

Provided by: Emory Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

Who’s eligible: All Emory employees interested in licensing a technology or starting a company

All market-potential inventions and discoveries made by Emory employees require you to file an invention disclosure.

Emory’s Office of Technology Transfer then evaluates your innovation to determine:

  • Whether your idea has already been protected in the marketplace
  • What the market around your idea looks like
  • Whether a comparable product or service already exists

OTT’s evaluation is thorough. It involves looking at the technical aspects and market potential of your invention or discovery. It also considers its “patentability.”

Once the evaluation is complete, OTT will provide you with a Commercialization Evaluation Report with OTT’s findings and recommendations.

Learn more about the evaluation process >

See the actual evaluation template Emory OTT uses (PDF) >

Brief guide to forming your start-up

Provided by: Emory Office of Transfer Technology (OTT)

Who’s eligible: All Emory employees interested in starting a company

This high-level online introduction to the fundamentals of starting a company is a good first step. It covers:

  • Legal structure of the company
  • Steps for a business plan
  • Tips on building a team
  • An overview of licensing
  • A couple of business plan competitions
  • Next steps, including pre-clinical drug development

A companion page about “Financing a Startup” introduces potential funding sources for the early stage.

Access the online guide >

Funding for promising technologies

Provided by: Biolocity

Who’s eligible: Any Emory (or Georgia Tech) employee or student seeking to bring an invention/discovery to market — through licensing or a startup company.

  • Intellectual property rights must be held (at least in part) by Emory and/or Georgia Tech
  • Requires both a technical PI and an appropriate clinical PI. At least one PI must be employed by either Emory or Georgia Tech.

The program funds “translational research that addresses unmet clinical needs and will lead to commercial products.” Its primary goal is to “improve patient care through collaborations between clinicians and engineers to commercialize biomedical technologies.”

The program awards $1.5 million each year to portfolio projects. The amount of each award is determined by the project and its milestones.

Technologies meeting the eligibility criteria are then vetted based on probability of future commercial success. Some features included in this analysis are:

  • Validity of unmet clinical need
  • Competitive landscape
  • Current and future market dynamics
  • Strength and nature of intellectual property
  • Addressability of regulatory risk
  • Understanding of potential reimbursement hurdles
  • High probability of attracting 1) follow-on investor funding or 2) a license to an industry partner within 2-3 years of receiving the award

More about the grants >

File your invention disclosure online

Provided by: Emory Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

Who’s eligible: All Emory employees with a potential invention, innovation or idea for a product

If you made a discovery or invented something that has market potential – congratulations. Your next step is to file a disclosure with Emory’s Office of Technology Transfer.

And good news – you can skip the paper forms and file through IdeaGate, Emory OTT”s online portal for innovation disclosure. (If you prefer paper or pdfs, that’s fine – OTT accepts those, too.)

Why you need to do this: Emory OTT must explore whether your idea has already been protected, what the market around the idea looks like, or if a comparable innovation already exists as a product or service.

What you need: A valid Emory Net ID to access the portal. (Note: If you prefer to file your disclosure with a paper form, you can do that, too – download the form here.)

Read a good blog entry about IdeaGate >

Go straight to the IdeaGate portal >

Innovation coaching

Who’s eligible: All Emory employees and students

Faculty, staff and students working to advance a technology or invention to market can get a wealth of advice through the Innovate @ Emory program.

Here’s how you can benefit:

  • Consult with seasoned professionals in entrepreneurship as part of I@E’s “Entrepreneurs in Residence” program. The consultations take the form of presentations by the professionals as well as 1-1 meetings.
  • Participate in training programs that provide accelerator and incubator experiences
  • Attend the annual I@E Day symposium, which brings together those interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and global health. I@E Day includes workshops on assessing the viability of your commercial idea and protecting your intellectual property. It also showcases innovations developed by Emory faculty and staff.

To learn about getting involved in any of the activities, email the I@E Administrator, Onix Ramirez, or call her at 404-727-7247. More information is also available on the I@E website.

Guide to intellectual property protection

Provided by: Emory Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

Who’s eligible: All Emory employees

It’s unusual for a university to have an in-house team providing help with patents and intellectual property protection. But Emory OTT has such a team.

This area of OTT’s site introduces you to the team – and provides an excellent primer on:

  • Types of intellectual property protection – patents, copyrights and trademarks
  • U.S. patent law – legislation and an introduction to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

A few minutes here will get you up to speed as well as provide access to more detailed information.

Learn about IP protection >

Funding to accelerate med tech commercialization

Provided by: Emory Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

Who’s eligible: Emory researchers and clinicians who meet funding criteria

If you’ve come up with a software, medical device or other invention – and seek to develop a prototype or test a concept – the Proof of Concept (POC) Fund can provides support.

The fund is managed and awarded by Emory OTT. To qualify, you must first:

  1. Disclose your invention to Emory OTT;
  2. Work with Emory OTT to address findings and issues in the report they provide you to evaluate your commercialization;
  3. Demonstrate that prototype development or testing will help reduce risk, address challenges to patentability, or help attract further funding for development; and
  4. Show a likelihood that POC funds will help achieve the desired outcome.

Typical awards range from $5,000 to $30,000.

Learn more about the Proof of Concept Fund >

Seed grants for healthcare innovation

Provided by: Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program (and multiple partners)

Who’s eligible: Researchers aiming to innovate for one (or more) of four Atlanta healthcare institutions

The Georgia CTSA Pilot Grants fund teams developing innovation in healthcare quality, costs and/or access. Teams should have more than one investigator and be multi-disciplinary.

Funding supports 1- to 2-year pilot projects reflecting with the broad aims and objectives of the Georgia CTSA. Pilot projects represent preliminary, preparatory or feasibility studies designed to assess new technologies, protocols, data collection instruments or subject recruitment strategies as stepping-stones toward a full, hypothesis-testing investigation.

Preliminary Study Grants ($25,000 for one year only) allow investigators to generate preliminary data to facilitate a later submission of health services research grants for external funding.

Complete Project Grants ($25,000 up to two years) enable investigators to answer specific questions addressing healthcare quality, cost, access or clinical effectiveness at Emory Healthcare, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Grady and/or Winship.

Details here (PDF) >

Seed funding for projects and startups

Provided by: The Georgia Research Alliance (GRA)

Who’s eligible: Any Emory employee with a discovery or invention that has market potential

You can apply for early-stage funding to advance your project or company through GRA, a nonprofit that expands university research and entrepreneurship in Georgia.

The milestone-based program allows for grants up to $150,000 in phases one and two; after that, your company may be eligible for a low-interest loan in a third phase. GRA also provides counsel and guidance to university entrepreneurs.

Prior to submitting an application, GRA requests that you first consult with Kevin Lei in Emory’s Office of Technology Transfer.

More about GRA’s venture development program >

Help with navigating the FDA regulatory process

Provided by: Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance

Who’s eligible: Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine, GA Tech and UGA researchers working on products/services requiring FDA approval

Navigating FDA regulatory requirements can be a challenge – but Georgia CTSA can help.

Through our Reg RoadMap service, Georgia CTSA will give you with expert advice to create a plan that guides you through the agency’s regulatory process and gets your product or service to market faster.

Here’s what Reg RoadMap provides:

  • A series of informational videos on how to draft a regulatory strategy (the basis for your plan), including objectives and action steps;
  • 1-to-1 consultation on the plan you develop, with helpful feedback; and
  • Additional 1-to-1 guidance (offered to a select number of researchers) to receive funding for a written “Regulatory Assessment.”

Visit the Reg RoadMap page on GCTSA’s website >>


Advice and help for developing apps

Provided by: Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (GCTSA)

Who’s eligible: Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine, GA Tech and UGA researchers interested in developing a mobile app

Got an idea for a mobile app? GCTSA can help you turn that idea into a functioning technology.

Through its AppHatchery service, Georgia CTSA will:

  • Help define app goals, functionality and feasibility
  • Research and recommend existing tools that may meet your needs
  • Help establish a realistic feature set, development budget and timeline
  • Assist with user experience design and clinical data integration
  • Build a functional “minimum viable product” to test in the field
  • Develop a plan to launch and support your app

Visit the App Hatchery page on GCTSA’s website >>


Help with applying for Federal grants for businesses

Provided by: Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance

Who’s eligible: Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine, GA Tech and UGA researchers working to translate discoveries into products and/or companies

Two Federal grant programs – SBIR and STTR – provide small businesses with early-stage funding. Georgia CTSA will help you write an effective application for either or both of these programs.

Through its BizGrants service, Georgia CTSA provides expert advice throughout the application process. The BizGrants service also awards a $20,000 pilot grant each year to two startups. Recipients must submit a follow-on grant to SBIR and/or STTR within one year of receiving the pilot grant.

Federal SBIR grants are Small Business Innovation Research grants. STTR grants are Small Business Technology Transfer funds.

Visit the Biz Grants page on GCTSA’s website >>