Belcher-Weir Family Pediatric Innovation Day

7th Annual Belcher-Weir Family Pediatric Innovation Day
September 17th, 2015

8:00am: Keynote Address by Jeff Hovis on the landscape of innovation efforts within pediatric healthcare and the Clinical Innovation Catalyst Program
(Rainbow Amphitheater)

Presentations from Idea Submission Winners will follow later that afternoon

More about the Keynote:

Jeff Hovis

Jeff Hovis
Innovation Strategy Consultant, Institute for Pediatric Innovation; Managing Principal, Product Genesis

Jeff Hovis is Managing Principal at Product Genesis, an MIT spin-out strategic innovation management consulting firm. Jeff is responsible for executive-level interface for global innovation strategy client programs on six continents. Jeff serves as a senior advisor to Global 2000 CMOs and CTOs on strategic innovation and new business creation activities. Before moving into strategic consulting more than fifteen years ago, Jeff served as Senior Vice President at Thermo Electron (now Thermo Fisher Scientific), where he managed multi-continent business units, and created strategic technical and marketing life-sciences partnerships in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Jeff has extensive experience in strategic marketing and technology landscape projections for advanced materials, industrial biotechnology, medical, life sciences, healthcare and consumer health and wellness products, and is involved in all aspects of innovation strategy development, ranging from trend and convergence projections, market analysis, market opportunity identification and business case synthesis, to platform, roadmap, product, service, and solution requirements generation.

Jeff has been involved with innovations for pediatric healthcare for more than a decade. Programs have included Product Imagination Workshops with Boston Children’s Hospital; pediatric burn treatment innovations with MassGeneral Hospital for Children and The Shriners Hospital for Children – Boston; mentoring pediatric and other medical device innovations from the MIT Deshpande Center, and support for the Institute for Pediatric Innovation’s program for the past 8 years.

What is Pediatric Innovation Day?

In 2008, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital paired up with the non-profit organization, Institute of Pediatric Innovation, with a common mission of creating a conduit for improving pediatric care. With the intent of harboring innovation and developing employee ideas on improving pediatric care, the 1st Annual Pediatric Innovation Day was developed.

Now in its seventh year and growing stronger every year, Pediatric Innovation Day is looking for any UH/CWRU employee who has an idea on how to provide better care to pediatric patients. This can be an improvement to a pre-existing treatment method, the development of a new device or tool, or simply a new way to better care for our smallest patients.

Ideas can be submitted which are in any level of development and do not need to be long, complex or fully developed. All submitted ideas will be reviewed by UH Rainbow community and the top ideas will be awarded with funds to help further develop the proposed idea.

Idea Submission Deadline: August 21st, 2015

This year’s program will run slightly different from previous years, with ideas being submitted to the new UH platform Innovate@UH, which can be accessed here. Using your UH username and password, you can submit your idea by following the prompts. Through the Innovate@UH site, the entire Rainbow community will then select the ideas to pursue with $7,500 grants awarded to the top 3 ideas.

Need help? Contact one of the following Office of Technology Management members or our general email address at

Steve Behm, MBA – Director, Technology Management

Amber Edler, BS – Licensing Assistant

Chris Gedeon, MBA – Licensing Associate

Jaideep Rajput, MS - Licensing Associate

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