Mentoring teams help researchers commercialize innovations

10/17/2012 | MedCityNews.com

Chicago Innovation Mentors, Hub of Human Innovation Team Mentoring, Merlin Mentors and George Washington University Entrepreneurs Round Table Mentors are among the programs helping to turn researchers into entrepreneurs and move their innovations forward to commercialization. The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois and the iBio Institute/PROPEL founded Chicago Innovation Mentors, which has helped create 50 ventures and teams within two years. "Our focus has been in health care because there's a greater need and a lot of innovations that our technology transfer offices were looking to get on the commercial pathway," CIM executive director John Flavin says.

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