Inventors Forum Series (2016-2017)
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Inventors Forum Series (2016-2017)

Inventors Forum Series (2016-2017)

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Inventor Forum Series 2016-2017

SEPTEMBER: Stacking the Deck: How to Properly De-risk and Package a Technology for Market

Patents are nice, but they are just the beginning when translating an invention to the marketplace. In today’s environment, there are a lot of boxes to check: Industry needs to know the technology will work; investors need to know the market is substantial; payers need to know the solution is cost effective; and regulators need to know the technology is safe. Experts on this panel will give the audience some perspective about what external stakeholders are looking for, and give impart some advice for giving your next invention a better chance to succeed.

NOVEMBER: Learning to Love the Red Tape: A Look at Today’s Regulatory Environment

There is a notion out there that medical innovation is one big regulatory headache. The timeline’s are long, the costs are high, and the risk is enormous. On the other hand, there is something to be said for the clarity and the stage gates the FDA mandates that can give innovators a somewhat predictable path to the market. Experts on this panel will discuss their recent dealings with the FDA and explain how the red tape has strengthened their technology and their resolve.

JANUARY: Who’s Picking up the Check? Building your Invention’s Case for Reimbursement

The commercialization path can be long, but innovators know that it’s always important to envision the ideal endpoint for every stakeholder, that is to improve the health of a population of patients. It’s easy to get lost in the early milestones of patents, prototypes, testing, regulation, but at the end of the day it all comes down to whether a payer is going to pay for it. Experts on this panel will describe the reimbursement landscape, and what can be done early to demonstrate value and increase the chances that payers will agree.

MARCH: Dropping a Line: Where to Look and How to Make a Deal

You are an innovator with a technology that’s been vetted, protected, prototyped, tested, and ready to be marketed as a license. What’s next? Where do we look? Do we knock on doors, or sit back and wait? What do we do if we get a nibble? A bite? Experts on this panel will give attendees a primer on how to cultivate a market for a license, and give real life examples of strategies that have worked and failed.


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