Translating healthcare innovation from academia to industry

Sanami, Mohammad ORCID: 0000-0002-8671-4180, Flood, Tim, Hall, Richard, Kingscott, Fiona, Jayne, David and Culmer, Peter (2017) Translating healthcare innovation from academia to industry. Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 9 (3). ISSN 1687-8140

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Innovation lies at the heart of academia, and universities generate high-quality, intellectual property on a large scale. However, commercial translation of this intellectual property has traditionally been poor, particularly in the critical healthcare sector. It is critical that this situation is addressed to ensure that innovation from research institutes can fulfil its potential and progress to have a genuine impact on the outside world. In this article, we consider the nature of healthcare innovation in academia and ways in which commercial translation of intellectual property can be successfully realised. This is first analysed from an academic perspective, with a particular focus on how academic motivations and work practices can shape successful translation. We then switch perspective to examine the same process from an industry perspective, looking at the characteristics and expectations involved in the innovation life cycle. To place these analyses in context, we present a case study examining a project being undertaken to commercialise a novel surgical instrument, the intra-abdominal platform, from identification of clinical need, through the development life cycle, to commercialisation of the system. We reflect on the successes and challenges encountered during the intra-abdominal platform project, the broader lessons learned and in conclusion use these to emphasise how academia can adopt practices to better translate intellectual property in the future.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is part of the following special collection(s): Medical Devices: from design to production. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intra-abdominal platform, minimally invasive surgery, retraction devices, translational research project, innovation management, commercialisation of intellectual property
Divisions: School of Engineering
School of Engineering > Biomedical and Medical Engineering
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 13:02
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2020 13:02
Identification Number: 10.1177/1687814017694114

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