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Innovation Support Center

The Innovation Support Center, an integral part of the nonprofit Harrington Discovery Institute, provides powerful drug development resources to Harrington Discovery Institute scholars to efficiently advance projects toward the clinic or a commercial exit.

The goal of the Harrington Discovery Institute’s Innovation Support Center is to provide industry-experienced know-how to help translate academic drug discovery projects to the clinic and towards a commercial path to new drug approval. As such, the ISC is directly engaged in helping to fulfill the mission of the Harrington Discovery Institute for the benefit of patients.

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The Innovation Support Center works closely with Harrington Scholars and helps to create an environment that

  • Enhances potential for commercial success
  • Maintains momentum for projects that meet critical milestones
  • Accelerates development of clinically useful drugs and biologics

The Innovation Support Center is also dedicated to helping Harrington Scholars’ institutional technology transfer and business development offices to optimize IP protection, and will work collaboratively with university colleagues to evaluate potential for new venture creation and assist in its implementation.

The Innovation Support Center’s activities include:

  • Advising Harrington Scholars on crucial elements of development, assessing commercial potential, and connecting scholars with a network of industry experts;
  • Managing projects across participating laboratories, institutions and commercial partners;
  • Providing access to institution-based and other technology resources;
  • Identifying and securing funding to bridge projects across the critical translational threshold from laboratories to commercialization vehicles; and
  • Identifying the most efficient vehicles to advance projects beyond academia, including company creation, sponsored research agreements and IP augmentation.

The Innovation Support Center engages with all potential project stakeholders including:

  • Harrington Scholars
  • Institutional technology transfer offices
  • Institution-based technical support centers
  • Commercial contract research organizations
  • Expert consultants - drug development, IP, regulatory, and other
  • Investors
  • Entrepreneurs