What You Missed Last Month (May 2015 Edition- Medical Device & 3D Printing)

June 10, 2015 / by Kapstone Medical / 3 minute read

Additive manufacturing, or 3D Printing, is dominating spring medical device industry headlines, and at halfway through the year, it’s slated to be on the Top 5 list of Kapstone Medical’s most inspiring and thought-provoking topics of 2015.

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How Intellectual Property Brings Value to an Inventor

December 22, 2014 / by Marc von Amsberg / 0 minute read

Surgeon inventors need to invest in intellectual property. The following dialogue outlines how a typical inventor works with engineering and IP to maximize return on investment. Read More...

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Creating Exponential Value, Part I: How Far Should You Take Your Idea?

October 23, 2014 / by Stuart Lindquist / 0 minute read

Our series of articles for the physician inventor continues with a three-part look into the business side of developing and commercializing your ideas. Part One, presented here, introduces a few common situations that you may face when choosing a course of action for your idea. These hypothetical scenarios seek to answer the all-important question, “How far should I take my idea on my own?” 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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Making the Case for Industrial Design and Human Factors

August 27, 2014 / by Ryan Lewis / 0 minute read

An all too familiar dilemma: a physician has a great idea, but can only take it so far. A new device, a change to a procedure, a way to save time in the OR; medical technology is driven by physicians on the front lines of medical practice. How can ideas be harnessed for the benefit of patients and physicians? Read More...

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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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