Technology Commercialization :: The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Technology Commercialization

The Research Institute is dedicated to enhancing the health of children by engaging in high-quality, cutting-edge research. This includes developing promising new technologies to advance the practice of pediatrics and general health care. The Office of Technology Commercialization facilitates the transfer of innovations to external partners for the benefit of our community and the general public.

Transfer to Transform

When our doctors, nurses, researchers and other staff members have an idea, they head to our office. Together, we take these ideas and innovations and translate them into the commercial sector, bringing about new patents, startup companies, inventions, etc.

Find out more in the 2015 Transfer to Transform book.

Contact Us

Office of Technology Commercialization
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone:  (614) 355-2818
Fax:  (614) 722-2716

Agreements and Disclosures

Please email to submit an invention disclosure or to request review of an agreement involving intellectual property.

Our Process

Office of Technology and Commercialization staff are ready to assist you determining the commercial potential of your in inventions, ideas, technologies and research. Our experts will lead you through the following steps.

  1. Cutting edge research leads to the generation of novel ideas.
  2. An invention disclosure is submitted to OTC.
  3. OTC meets with the inventor to gather additional information and also reviews any third-party encumbrances associated with the disclosed technology.
  4. OTC performs a technology assessment and determines the patentability, market potential, and readiness of the technology for commercialization.
  5. A decision is made to: a) actively market the technology via direct and/or indirect marketing approaches, b) delay a final decision regarding the technology until additional information is produced, or c) not move the technology forward due to lack of commercial viability.
  6. Part of the commercialization plan for a technology moving forward often includes an IP protection strategy (Patent, Copyright, Trademark).
  7. An assessment report is provided to the inventor(s).
  8. OTC oversees the marketing of the technology and identifies a viable commercial partner.
  9. OTC manages the out-licensing of technologies to either an existing company, or to an entrepreneurial partner to establish a new venture.
  10. OTC is responsible for all post-license alliance management, license compliance, and distribution of royalties.

Additional Resources

United States Patent and Trademark Office
World Intellectual Property Organization
The Association of University
Technology Managers
Licensing Executives Society