Facilitated Innovation

ENTICe works by a process called “Facilitated Innovation”. In Step 1, “Innovation Forums” are held in which physicians describe an unmet medical need and engineers describe their relevant technical capabilities. In Step 2, small groups, i.e. “Invention Teams” meet to further brainstorm ideas and team members will conduct literature and patent searches to establish an idea’s novelty and begin a technical investigation to determine the idea’s feasibility. In Step 3, ENTICe and INTENT Executive Councils meet with technology transfer and industry consultants to further evaluate ideas brought forward by Invention Teams. Ideas are ranked based on clinical impact, patentability, and market impact. Highly ranked ideas are given development priority and resources allocated accordingly.