Technology Commercialization

The Office of Technology Commercialization facilitates the transfer of innovations to external partners to advance the practice of pediatrics and general health care to benefit our community and the general public.

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 to the commercial sector, bringing about new patents and startup companies.

To find the right licensing opportunity that fits your needs, explore our available technologies.

Available Technologies

View our annual publication on technology commercialization at Nationwide Children’s to learn about last year’s highlights.

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Our Process



Office of Technology 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. OTC oversees the marketing of the technology and identifies a viable commercial partner.
  8. OTC manages the out-licensing of technologies to either an existing company, or to an entrepreneurial partner to establish a new venture.
  9. OTC is responsible for all post-license alliance management, license compliance, and distribution of royalties.