Edison Nation Medical (Charlotte, NC), a healthcare innovation marketplace, today announced a worldwide search for innovations to assist in preventing the spread and transmission of infectious disease, both within a healthcare setting as well as for use by the general public. The most promising ideas uncovered during the two-month-long search will be presented to major medical manufacturing partners, with the goal of having the innovation fully commercialized and distributed globally. The Innovation Search runs through April 30, 2015.
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In January 2015 alone, more than 100 people from 14 states reported having contracted measles, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America. This recent example is not an anomaly. From the H3N2 flu virus and whooping cough to MRSA and CRE superbugs, infectious disease continues to spread rapidly across the United States. Adults aged 65 years and older and young children are among the most vulnerable to these outbreaks.
"There are numerous inventors and small businesses with innovations capable of preventing the spread of infectious diseases," said Robert Grajewski, President of Edison Nation Medical, in a news release published today. "By launching this open innovation search, these inventors now have a confidential and trusted avenue through which their invention can be submitted for full expert evaluation and, when appropriate, brought to the attention of our major medical manufacturing partners, who have the ability to quickly commercialize proven inventions on a mass, global scale."
Born out of a collaboration between consumer product development and open innovation firm Edison Nation LLC and the Carolinas HealthCare System, the second largest public health system in the United States, Edison Nation Medical brings more than 10 years of experience in the successful commercialization of innovation ideas from individuals and small businesses. All ideas submitted to the search will be vetted through a confidential, proprietary eight-stage process led by Edison Nation Medical's team of medical, technical, intellectual property, and market commercialization experts.
Each qualified invention will be commercialized on behalf of the inventor via licensing to a larger global manufacturing partner or through company incubation. When successful, Edison Nation Medical shares licensing royalties and revenues with the inventor(s). The search is open to the public, and individual inventors or small businesses worldwide are invited to submit inventions through Thursday, April 30, 2015.