TI:GER Teams Create Smooth Path from Lab to Marketplace
A great idea born from years of research that withers in a desk drawer is a PhDís worst nightmare, says Melissa Li, a PhD candidate in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.
Liís decision to participate in TI:GER, or Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results, means she has access to a business and legal team to marry viable research to a marketing plan and legal protection.
Liís goal is to create a device that diagnoses platelet activity to reveal potential blockages before they cause heart attacks. Her TI:GER team works to identify potential biomedical business partners and growth areas for her research.
Since 2002, TI:GER has coordinated teams of one PhD candidate and two MBA students from Georgia Tech and two law students from Emory University. The two-year interdisciplinary program is designed to identify and market innovative research and also secure legal patent protection.
Emory Law students are selected by Professors Anne Rector, Bill Carney and George Shepherd through a competitive application process. The TI:GER program offers a choice of two tracks: patent law or technology/business law, which supplement the traditional JD education.
Read the story about Li and TI:GER in The Pioneer, a newsletter for the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.
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