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Manufacturing at Home: Advancements in 3D Printing

November 20, 2014 / by John Kapitan / 0 minute read

No matter where you turn, you are bound to run into a news headline expounding on the wonders of 3D printing. From medical devices to guns and even to food, it seems that possibilities are endless and our appetites are growing for the technology. Read More...

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Creating Exponential Value, Part II: What is Your Idea Worth?

November 2, 2014 / by John Kapitan / 0 minute read

While it may be enticing to look for possible suitors soon after inception of your idea, chances are that the full value of that idea has not yet been realized. Could you have garnered interest from multiple companies if you had prototyped and tested it? What would it have been worth if you had gained regulatory approval first? Read More...

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A Roadmap to Success for Surgeon Inventors, Part 5 (installment 2)

September 26, 2014 / by John Kapitan / 0 minute read

The Top Ten Things to Avoid

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A Roadmap to Success for Surgeon Inventors, Part 5 (installment 1 of 2)

September 15, 2014 / by John Kapitan / 0 minute read

The Top Ten Things to Avoid

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A Roadmap to Success for Surgeon Inventors, Part 4: The Cost of Developing Your Idea

August 20, 2014 / by John Kapitan / 0 minute read

This series of articles focuses on a different paradigm for bringing new ideas to market, one in which you as a surgeon inventor retain control over designs, aggressively pursue milestones on your own (such as issuance of a patent, testing of prototypes or obtaining a regulatory clearance) and build value before presenting them to industry for possible licensing or sale. Why would you consider this option? Why not just take your sketch straight to a big company? One of the best reasons to pursue development on your own is that the value of your idea can increase exponentially compared to the costs of development—if the process is managed properly. Read More...

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A Roadmap to Success for Surgeon Inventors, Part 3: Technologies for Development of Your Ideas

July 18, 2014 / by John Kapitan / 0 minute read

Traditionally, as a surgeon inventor, you may have waited for one of the large implant companies to recognize the value of your new product idea. Then the game began by negotiating timelines, team structure and ultimately, your royalty agreement. While this process has been rewarding for some, it has proven to be disappointing for others. Is there a better way? What would it look like to maintain control of your design, timeline and budgets while hitting milestones and advancing your idea? And what if you could do this while creating intellectual property along the way to build exponential value? Read More...

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A Roadmap to Success for Surgeon Inventors, Part 2: Is Your Next Product Idea Viable?

July 1, 2014 / by John Kapitan / 0 minute read

Is Your Next Product Idea Viable?

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A Roadmap to Success for Surgeon Inventors – Part 1: From Concept to Commercialization

June 1, 2014 / by John Kapitan / 4 minute read

Introduction
Thomas Edison is quoted as saying, “Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.” Busy physicians often find themselves identifying a clinical need that could be satisfied with a new product or new technology. In fact, many of the best ideas are born on those difficult days when surgical cases present unique challenges.

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