Year Published: 2013

Time to Complete: 70 min

Instructor: Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH; Gillian Black-Noller, MD; Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, FASN, FACN, CNS; John Cosmopoulos, MSc, MBA, CLP; Daniel G. Jay, PhD

Learning Level: Fundamental

Primary Audience: Researchers

Prerequisite: None

Skills Domain: Communication and Teamwork

How do you know if your research ideas are of interest to industry?

If you are interested in finding an industry partner and/or approaching an industry partner with an idea for a project or research collaboration, don’t miss this panel discussion by experts from Pfizer, Inc. and Tufts University. These experts will answer your questions about how to contact industry representatives, develop an idea, and present your concepts and findings.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Determine whether their idea is appropriate for industry
  • Explain how to approach industry representatives regarding possible collaboration
  • Discuss examples of prior successful collaborations with industry

Content Outline

  • How to Work with Industry: Introductions
  • How to Know if Your Idea is of Interest
  • How to Develop Your Idea
  • How Can I Find Out Whether My Model Can be Used by the Company
  • The Importance of Networks
  • Meeting with Pharmaceutical Company Liaisons
  • Academic Independence and Agreement Boundaries
  • Compound Libraries and Industry Support
  • Communicating Your Results
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Conflict of Interest Continued
  • Foundations and Intellectual Property Rights

Course Evaluation

  • Post-Course Evaluation
  • Course Completion Verification
 This Course is Free