Research Western, under the leadership of the Vice-President (Research), is responsible for ensuring that Western has vibrant and growing interaction with various sources of research funding and that the faculties have increasing funding for their research programs. It is also responsible to ensure a healthy flow of technology resulting from Western research to the commercial world thereby creating jobs, increasing economic development and the general betterment of society.
Within this mission, WORLDiscoveries® is the Business Development arm of Western University, Robarts Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute. The business unit serves as the exclusive advocate and agent for promising commercial and technology transfer opportunities derived from London’s extensive research portfolio.
The Medical Innovation Fellowship program brings together a cross-disciplinary team to collaborate in medical related innovation and development for approximately 10 months. The Fellows learn disciplined product development including FDA and Health Canada requirements, Insurance Reimbursement, Intellectual Property, Business strategies, Creativity Techniques, and Prototyping) at the University of Minnesota and at WORLDiscoveries at Western. The Fellows participate in clinical immersion to observe MDs, nurses, and associated technicians at work in the operating room. After collecting unmet needs, the Fellows define the problem from all angles, working with each other and Western organizations to innovate around these needs with multiple sets of prototyping cycles and bench top testing. The ultimate goal is for the Fellows to bring a new product into the realm of medical innovation. We are seeking 3-6 Fellows for an appointment beginning in July 2019, and lasting approximately 10 months.