Lurie Children's and the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute nurture a culture of innovation, research, scholarship, and education aimed at generating new knowledge and technologies that promote the health and well-being of children and their families. The inventions and discoveries made in our laboratories, clinics, and in the community are to be used to benefit the public at large and help us to achieve our vision and mission. To bridge the gap between discovery and useful products and technologies, Lurie Children's has established its Innovation Program, housed in the office of the COO, Manne Research Institute.
Note: Northwestern University has their own separate and distinct set of Intellectual Property policies. The Lurie Children’s policy is applicable, however, for all Lurie Children’s innovators.
Innovation can take many forms and protection may be appropriate by patents, copyrights and/or trademarks. We also energetically pursue innovations that have significant impact on pediatric health, even if they are not protectable. Clinicians and scientists who believe that they have made a protectable discovery can begin the process of protection by submitting an invention disclosure form here: https://northwestern.inteum.com/northwestern/inventorportal/default.aspx
Please note that a Northwestern NetID is required to use this web portal. If you do not have Northwestern NetID, please write to email@example.com.
Role of INVO
Manne Research Institute/Lurie Children's has entered into a limited partnership with Northwestern University's Innovations and New Ventures Office (INVO). This partnership helps in two ways:
Lurie Children's and NU INVO use the same web enabled invention disclosure portal. As of July 2020, only electronic submittal of invention disclosure forms is supported.
In conjunction with our Innovation Program, INVO assists Lurie Children's in conducting outreach to promote and protect intellectual property as well as license new technologies.
In order to protect potential intellectual property, we must be proactive about public disclosure when engaging with external parties, including Northwestern University employees. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the planning for such meetings. One tool that is helpful when engaging for the first time with such parties is a Confidentiality Agreement. These agreements are sometimes called Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) or Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs). If a CDA is required, the Office of Sponsored Research (OSP) will help with the process. Please note that it may take up to 10 working days to negotiate these kinds of agreements.
Please reach out to Kosh Ghosh, Director Innovation Program at email@example.com with your new idea or for more information about the Innovation Program.