So You Want to Start an MRI Company? - What You Need to Know

Organizers: Orlando P. Simonetti, Ph.D. and Harald H. Quick, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Basic

Thursday 8 May 2008


Beyond the usual merits of academic research, the field of MRI offers exciting opportunities to start new businesses based on technological development. This two-hour course covers the basic steps from patenting an invention to commercialization of MR technology. Experts will present on patenting, commercialization in an academic environment, and funding sources for start-up ventures.  Additionally, two researchers who have successfully started companies based on MRI software and hardware technology will share their own experiences.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Define the basic mechanisms of starting a MRI company;
  • Recognize what types of MRI technological developments can be patent protected;
  • Describe the challenges and methods of commercialization of MR technology in an academic setting; and
  • Identify potential sources of funding for MRI start-up companies.
  • Audience Description:

    This course is designed for all individuals working in the field of MRI who seek basic guidance in starting a business. Prior training or experience is not required.

    14:00 Patenting of MR Technology Mark Jay, Esq.
    14:20 Commercialization of MR Technology in the Academic Environment Jean Schelhorn, Ph.D.
    14:40 NIH SBIR/STTR Program Keyvan Farahani, Ph.D.
    15:00 MRI Software Business Startup Robert Judd, Ph.D.
    15:20 MRI Hardware Business Startup Florian Odoj, Ph.D.
    15:40 Panel Discussion all speakers  
    16:00 Adjournment