Drug, Device & Diagnostic Development

How do you get your research to market? NUCATS can foster your biomedical innovation and entrepreneurial activity with cross-campus collaborations, award pilot grants and other funding opportunities, and help evaluate the commercial potential for research.  NUCATS works with and offers the following services that will help take your research from benchside to bedside.

Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO)

NUCATS works closely with INVO, a Northwestern office that focuses on identifying technologies with commercial potential, increasing the value of those technologies through intellectual property protection and helping in the development and movement towards commercialization through licensing, new ventures and partnering.  The INVO team actively scouts for faculty research with commercialization potential and offers guidance on their potential commercial development.  INVO also frequently hosts campus events and programs to help support the growing culture of commercialization and entrepreneurship at Northwestern.

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR)

NUCATS works with an EIR at INVO that is dedicated to the biomedical space.

Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM)

CIM is a team based mentoring program for faculty and students developing new biomedical innovations. Volunteer teams of mentors drawn from the local community provide advice to NU mentees on how best to advance their project or company down the commercialization path.  To learn more about participating in the program, please contact Nick Maull.

Pilot Grant Funding

NUCATS directly administers several pilot and seed grant funding programs, including the Dixon Translational Research awards.