Stage 1: Decision Stage

Step 1: Submit an Technology Disclosure Form to OHSU Tech Transfer

After you submit your Technology Disclosure Form, your invention is assigned to a Technology Development Manager in OHSU Technology Transfer. A Technology Development Manager from OHSU Technology Transfer will review your disclosure and follow-up with you to discuss your disclosure and commercialization process at OHSU, set general expectations, and keep you informed on the technology’s progress. 

A further assessment of the disclosed technology is performed by OHSU Technology Transfer to evaluate the type of IP protection that may be appropriate for the technology; the likelihood of obtaining protection, opportunities to strengthen the IP position; the overall potential of a product or service, licensability, and competitive landscape; along with a preliminary licensing strategy. If the invention shows strong commercial potential and the intellectual property has been defined, then the invention may move forward towards intellectual property protection. The TDM will present their findings to you on commercial viability/ IP protection and it can be further evaluated to whether a startup is a viable option for commercialization.

Step 2: Explore the options to bring your technology/ service to market

Discuss with your Technology Development Manager at OHSU Technology Transfer the options to develop your technology  or service to bring it to market. Review the process of licensing a technology from OHSU to your startup company. 

Step 3: Learn about the startup process

Connect with CE-New Ventures to learn more about the startup process, obtain resources to launch your company, and receive mentoring from an Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Step 4: Obtain an entrepreneurial education

Acquire the tools and skills that you need to set up a successful business by attending an innovation or an entrepreneurial educational workshop/ class (i.e. Spring to Market or BIP corp).

Step 5: Perform initial assessments of business opportunity

Perform initial assessments of business models, market opportunity, potential regulatory pathways, and potential clinical and strategic partnerships for commercialization of your innovation. 

A number of resources to help you with this accessing the business opportunity are available on our Startup Resources page. A good place to start with your assessment of your startup opportunity is to use the OHSU Business Development Planning System. This system, based on Lean Canvas, is a business planning method that helps outline key assumptions of your business idea to turn it into a more concrete business model.

Step 6: Discuss your startup plans with your supervisor or manager

Discuss with your supervisor or manager about your interest in launching a startup company.

Step 7: Discuss your startup plans with OHSU Integrity

Discuss with OHSU Integrity about your plans to launch a startup company and learn about OHSU’s conflict of interest management process.

OHSU has revised its Conflict of Interest (CoI) policy regarding OHSU Members' roles in OHSU Startup Companies.  OHSU Startup Companies Policy.

Step 8: Calculate costs

A solid grasp of the expenses to start and operate your company is key to a successful launch. This startup costs calculator can help you identify and estimate one-time and monthly expenses to determine how much capital you might need.