USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program
Programs & Services
Our program aims to leverage best practices from industry for the development and commercialization of technologies that can impact healthcare. A key component is the formation of an interdisciplinary collaborative team wherein a clinician with a clear unmet or underserved clinical need is paired with an engineer for development and testing of a solution for that need. These partnerships are selected and supported by an Oversight Committee comprised of clinicians experienced in translation, leaders from the industrial community, and investors who are accomplished in technology commercialization in the healthcare sector. The teams receive mentoring and advice in the areas of product development that are key to successful translation of their technology solution including development and execution of a milestone-driven project plan that focuses on specific determinative experiments in a managed process, regulatory and reimbursement planning, and identification of a commercialization pathway. A key component of the Coulter process also includes early engagement with technology transfer representatives from the USC Stevens Center for Innovation for de-risking projects though intellectual property and market analysis, and early identification and engagement with potential partners with financing and product commercialization capabilities. This process is key to attracting professional investment to technology solutions so that they can be successfully commercialized and reach the patients who need them.
For upcoming innovation and training workshops, please visit the event calendar for Health, Technology and Engineering/Coulter.
Each spring, the Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program recruits graduate students from across the university to serve as Coulter Interns for the semester. In collaboration with the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, Coulter Interns receive commercialization training through the paid internship opportunity and work directly with program staff to support faculty inventors that have applied for project funding through the pilot program. Coulter Program Interns perform a number of tasks under the direction of program staff that provide them with assessment and analytical skills, including:
• Reviewing pre-proposal applications, invention disclosures and related information submitted by USC inventors
• Assessing the potential development of proposed device (technology assessment)
• Performing market research to understand the competitive environment (Internet searches, industry publications, calling organizations)
• Evaluating potential market opportunities of each technology and their value proposition in a given market
• Conducting market assessments (involving both primary and secondary research) and preparing detailed business feasibility studies for new technologies
• Supporting select Coulter teams with proposal and pitch development
• Evaluating and developing business models and market penetration strategies
• Conducting legal research regarding issues in patent and copyright law
• Assisting in the development & revision of IP, reimbursement and regulatory strategies