For Innovators

Linking with Industry

Mass General Brigham Innovation professionals facilitate interactions between investigators and industry to pave the pathway to commercialize research. Mass General Brigham Innovation provides the following services:

  • Position your ideas and market them to Industry
  • Manage Your Intellectual Property
  • Negotiate Research and Material Transfer Agreements
  • Develop Agreements for commercialization of Intellectual Property
  • Provide guidance and network for Start-up Opportunities

Commercial Application of Your Invention

Mass General Brigham Innovation handles a wide range of responsibilities relating to translational research and the management of intellectual property and its associated institutional policies. Our goal is to provide each investigator or administrator that interfaces with Innovation prompt responses and accurate information in order to take advantage of opportunities, resolve problems, and comply with institutional practices and policies. Our service chart will help you find the appropriate professional to address your particular concern. Please feel free to contact us any time at 617-954-9500.

Manage your Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property evaluation, protection, and management is a core component of Mass General Brigham Innovation activities. This is consistent with the institutional mission to make inventions, copyrightable works, and other intellectual property created by physicians, researchers, and trainees available for public benefit.

The first step in the process is to submit a completed Invention Disclosure Form to Mass General Brigham Innovation. To best protect your ideas, it is critical that this form is filed with our office prior to publication, public discussions, or any other disclosures about your idea. Upon receipt of the Invention Disclosure Form, Innovation professionals will begin a dialogue with the inventors to better understand the novelty and utility of the invention.

The Mass General Brigham Intellectual Property Policy details how intellectual property created at these institutions is owned and managed, and how net income derived from this activity is distributed within the institution and to inventors.

Market Sectors Support Your Ideas and Market Them to Industry

The Market Sector teams combine science, technology, business and law expertise to support the commercial elements of invention discovery and work with industry to develop ideas that will benefit patients. Nine therapeutic domains are outlined below as sectors.

Once an inventor discloses an invention with Innovation (via Invention Disclosure), the idea is assigned to a market sector team of professional licensing managers who evaluate its commercialization potential and ability to address unmet needs. Based on this assessment, the market sector team will determine the optimal path for protection of the intellectual property. The market sector team will outline an appropriate strategy for commercialization which may include preparing descriptions to convey the product opportunity, identification of potential licensees, and steps that could lower the risks associated with third parties investing in the technology. Feedback from contacted companies will inform Innovation professionals and will determine the scope and opportunity for discovered technologies.

Negotiate Research and Material Transfer Agreements

Innovation reviews, negotiates, and approves of a wide range of research agreements. Agreements provide the terms and conditions that enable investigators to receive funding, research tools, and information from industry and other sources. In addition, the agreements articulate what investigators and the institution must promise the provider in the form of reports, intellectual property rights, and deliverables. Effective December 2017, all requests for Material Transfer Agreements (MTA), Sponsored Research Agreements (SRA), and Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA) will be handled exclusively through Insight 4.0. Requests for these research support agreements must be submitted through Insight 4.0.

For more information on, and help in initiating agreement review requests for Innovation agreements through Insight 4.0, please refer to  A Guide to Get Started.

Develop Agreements for Commercialization of Intellectual Property

When a company shows interest in developing a technology, Innovation will recommend a business arrangement, usually in the form of a license agreement, to transfer certain commercial rights to the company in return for compensation and other obligations to the institution. Confidentiality Agreements allow the institution and the company to exchange information that is not yet public about the technology or business plans. Further research may be conducted at the institution using company funds to answer additional scientific questions about invention. Click here to read about services provided for industry and FAQs about licenses, confidentiality, and sponsored research agreements.

Provide Advice on Start-Up Opportunities

On occasion, the optimal strategy to commercialize a technology may be to create a new company to pursue the opportunity. Technologies that are paradigm shift and platform, as opposed to product specific, are often better suited to be developed in a new venture. Innovation professionals in the Research and Licensing group and in the Mass General Brigham Innovation Fund have extensive expertise to support these transactions. Contact your Licensing Manager regarding these opportunities.

Mass General Brigham Innovation Team