Navigation Links
'Surgery' looks at inventions and innovations by surgeons
Date:3/6/2008

Philadelphia, PA, March 6, 2008 Surgeons are uniquely positioned to recognize areas for improvement in patient care and to develop innovative solutions to meet those needs. However, even the most productive surgical researchers may lack the know-how to develop their insights into successful commercial products. A special symposium in the February issue of SURGERY (Volume 143, Number 2, February 2008) provides surgeons with expert insights into the process of developing their ideas into commercially viable products that will benefit large numbers of patientswhile providing a financial return to inventors, investors, and university research departments.

Invited by the editors of SURGERY (http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/623195/description#description), the symposium includes contributions from a cross-section of experts, including noted experts in copyright and intellectual property, technology transfer, biomedical engineering, and finance, as well as from surgeons experienced in translating research ideas into the marketplace.

With mounting financial pressures academic medical centers are seeking new ways to support their missions of education, patient care, and research. A key initial question is whether the idea is patentablethat is, truly new, useful, and non-obvious. Once an idea with commercial potential is recognized, it must be developed through the complex processes leading to commercialization.

The eleven articles in the symposium emphasize that surgeons who invent new products provide a positive service, bringing valuable ideas from concept to the patient's bedside. Without the arduous and painstaking process of commercializationincluding finding investors willing to take the financial risk of funding new technologiesinnovative techniques of clinical value will never be developed to the scale at which they can benefit large numbers of patients.

For surgeon-researchers used to academic freedom and research for its own sake, collaborating with industry raises some unaccustomed issues. An overarching issue is conflict of interest. Today, universities have strict policies regarding potential financial conflicts of interest. These policies play an essential role in minimizing research bias and protecting patients serving as research subjects. However, one article in the symposium argues that an obsessive focus on conflict-of-interest disclosures hinders the development of beneficial research and innovations.

The development of new health science technologies offers a rare combination of potentially large financial returns with true health care advances with a significant impact on patients. In an introductory note, SURGERY Co-Editors-in-Chief Andrew L. Warshaw and Michael G. Sarr write, "The Editors offer this compendium, evidence of a changing academic world, in the hopes that our novel, imaginative, and innovative nuggets will be recognized and their value realized."


'/>"/>

Contact: Maureen Hunter
m.hunter@elsevier.com
215-239-3671
Elsevier
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital of Chicago Ranked Among Top in Nation for Spine Surgery
2. Independent Survey Names CyberKnife(R) System Most Widely Used Extracranial Radiosurgery Technology
3. Risk of surgery for lung cancer lower at teaching hospitals
4. Orthocrat Teams up With WebOps to Advance Orthopedic Pre-Surgery Planning
5. Scientists discover who is likely to get dry eye syndrome after LASIK surgery
6. Obese Children Face More Complications During Surgery
7. Mouse study: Real-time imaging device may improve surgery for congenital colon disease
8. Facial asymmetry persists despite surgery to correct congenital deformity
9. The danger of blindness after ophthalmic surgery
10. New York Plastic Surgeon Performs Pro Bono Surgery on Disadvantaged Patient Where Health Insurance Coverage Was Denied
11. Study finds spine surgery yields greater benefits over nonsurgical treatments
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... , ... Mother Nature isn’t the only mom that loves the garden. Mothers ... Celebrate these women with more than just a bouquet of flowers. Give mom, or ... , Vibrant, Edible, Compact Plants from BrazelBerries: , For a gift that adds ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... World Patent Marketing , ... a sports invention that aids in the improvement of the grip and swing ... $9 billion," says Scott Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of World Patent Marketing. ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 04, 2016 , ... ... observational and interview techniques, seeks to add a deeper understanding of the program, ... and weaknesses, and each answers different yet important questions. , In a new ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... 04, 2016 , ... The manufacturer of the SOCKIT wearable ... to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to benefit families dealing with cancer and ... to teach children how to kick a soccer ball correctly. The device instantly ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Trinity ... identify, fund and implement ideas aimed at improving care and reducing readmission rates ... of our vision for Trinity Health is to drive innovation that transforms our ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... 2016  Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI ... of leading middle market businesses, announced today its consolidated ... 2016. First Quarter 2016 Highlights , ... or "Cash Flow") of $13.6 million for the first ... $15.0 million for the first quarter of 2016; ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... York , May 4, 2016 ... Transparency Market Research entitled "Brain Computer Interface Market - Global ... - 2024," the  global brain computer interface (BCI) market  is ... 2024. The market is estimated to expand at a ... 2016 to 2024. A BCI device provides ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... 4, 2016  It,s time for an upgrade. There are many medical recorders on ... inch LCD, the illustrious DVMAXX HD  offers unparalleled connectivity and functionality.  Ampronix  is ... world class manufacturer of innovative technology.  Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160503/363416 ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: