With Preclinical Research Development, we help investigators gain access to the expertise and tools needed to prepare innovative ideas for human testing. We support and sustain novel technologies and methodologies through the early phases of development, when funding and expertise are most needed.
The overall goal of the Preclinical Research Development program is to accelerate new medical product development in the academic setting and to enhance the opportunities for their commercialization. In order to compete effectively for translational research dollars and position inventions for future investment, academic investigators must now be able to clearly articulate viable commercialization, clinical, and regulatory strategies for their products. In addition the investigator must assemble a nonclinical data package (e.g., pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and product characterization), that will support the regulatory requirements for initiation of clinical trials.
ITHS is uniquely positioned to assist academic investigators with the development of these strategies and to thereby accelerate the testing and/or commercialization of technologies. We can:
We work with ITHS-affiliated researchers from academic institutions in the Pacific Northwest.
The Preclinical Research Development program has offers several resources and programs to facilitate development and commercialization of translational research. These programs are integrated into the regional ecosystem of parner programs supporting translational investigators. See Partnership tab.
ITHS Drug and Device Advisory Committee members have many years of industry experience in FDA regulatory requirements, product development, manufacturing, sales, and clinical implementation. The committee provides expert input for early stage academic innovators who aim to take their bench research to the clinic or industry setting. Learn more or schedule a meeting.
ITHS and the Washington Research Foundation (WRF) support five $10,000 stipends for a 10-week summer fellowship program managed by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Each fellow works with an academic primary investigator to conduct a deep-dive business analyses on promising technology from that investigator’s research, looking at its intellectual propery status, regulatory path, potential business models, eventual impact, and likelihood of implementation. Learn more by visiting the Commercialization Fellowship Program web page.
ITHS Preclinical Research Development works with several partners to support researchers as they move toward clinical implementation of their innovations. Key programs:
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