M-PED provided connections to resources in regulatory investigation and intellectual property (including patent searches) that were critical to the development of the Charpie Pediatric Intubation System. The Gap Funding Award is helping me turn the conceptual design into a functional prototype in a collaboration with a local medical device firm.
The second phase, Opportunity Exploration, commences as the Fellows begin to apply the tools of innovation to undertake problem identification within the defined opportunity space. The Fellows execute each tool at the proper stage under the guidance of an innovation expert/mentor. The focal point of this phase is full clinical immersion, providing the Fellows with first-hand exposure to the realities and complexities of healthcare delivery. Through observation and inquiry, the Fellows engage in intense study of health, disease, and current treatments which gives them insight into the impact of healthcare delivery on providers and patients. This phase culminates with numerous ideas that are considered viable candidates for further assessment as potential products or businesses.
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