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Innovation and Product Development Certificate Program (Archived)

Please Note: This certificate program is no longer active and is currently archived. Certificate program materials and lecture recordings can be accessed via the CTSI-CN learning management system (see below).


What is the Innovation and Product Development Certificate Program?

Workshop 1 - Valuing Research

Date/Time: May 29th, 2013, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe value in the context of medical research
  2. Understand how value-thinking differentiates development from research
  3. Understand your role in increasing the value of the research you are involved with


  1. Hemi Chopra, PhD, MBA, Owner, BioMedT2 LLC, Former Senior Licensing Manager, The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Partners Health Care
  2. Axel Krieger, PhD, Principal Scientist, Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation
  3. Pete Plotas, MBA, Director, Business Development GXS, Inc., Co-Founder, BE GREAT Foundation
  4. Tom Russo, Assistant Vice President for Industry Research, George Washington University
  5. Helen Thackray, MD, Vice President of Clinical Development and Chief Medical Officer, GlycoMimetics, Inc.
  6. Lisa M. Guay-Woodford, MD, Director, Center for Translational Science, Director, CTSI-CN, Children’s National Hudson Professor of Pediatrics, Associate VP for Clinical and Translational Research, The George Washington University


Workshop 2 - Creating Commercial Partnerships

Date/Time: September 11th, 2013 2:00 - 4:00 pm

This second workshop will focus on the creation of commercial partnerships. It addresses various types of collaborations, how to engage in these types of relationships and when. We have invited panel members with experience in various types of collaborations. Each of the panel members will discuss the benefits and risks of a particular type of collaboration and will discuss real case studies that the audience has submitted beforehand.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and distinguish between different types of commercial partnerships (going solo, licensing, alliances, research partnerships)
  2. Explain the importance of networking and building relationships with industry partners
  3. Formulate when and how to start engaging commercial partners in research endeavors


  1. Eric Risser, VP, Business Development, Macrogenics, Inc.
  2. Sara Nayeem, MD, Prinicipal, New Enterprise Associates, Inc
  3. Steve Kubisen, PhD, Director, Office of Technology Transfer, George Washington University


Workshop 3 - Validating Your Ideas

Date/Time: December 4th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

This third workshop focused on validating ideas; how do I know my idea is worth pursuing from a product development/commercial perspective? The panel discussion addressed various aspects such as intellectual property protection, needs assessments and clinical significance, market assessment and willingness to pay, and how to assess the competitive landscape. 


Workshop 4 - Securing Funding

Date/Time: Feburary 25th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

This fourth workshop will focus on securing funding. There are many sources of funding: STTR/ SBIR grants, venture capitalists, angel investors, corporate funds, and last but not least family and friends. When to approach whom and what are the prerequisites for these different types of funding? The panel discussion will address these question, provide tips of the trade, the dos and don’ts, along with real life examples of funding. The assignment will focus on practical steps you can take to help secure funding.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and distinguish between the various commercial funding pathways
  2. Formulate a commercial funding strategy for their project / research
  3. Understand the terminology of a term sheet


  1. James Chung, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer, George Washington University
  2. Atul Saran, Former VP Business Development, MedImmune 


Who is eligible?

All Children’s National and The George Washington University research faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Who should I contact for more information?

Please visit the CTSI-CN Faculty and Staff Directory and select the "Clinical Research Navigator" service area to find the person responsible for this resource.

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