Open Innovation at Harvard Med School
An article on the MIT Sloan Review website reports on an experiment in open innovation applied to scientific research on Type 1 diabetes at Harvard Medical School. In the traditional research process in academic medicine, a single research team typically carries through each stage of the process—from generating the idea to carrying out the research and publishing the results. Harvard Catalyst, a pan-Harvard agency with a mission to speed biomedical research from the lab to patients’ bedsides, modified the traditional grant proposal process as an experiment in bringing greater openness into every stage of research. Harvard Catalyst started with the front end of the innovation system by opening up the process of generating research questions.
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