Education Events

2015 Medical Innovation Summit

Join the industry's most distinguished leaders at the 13th Annual Medical Innovation Summit. Take advantage of our exciting lineup of speakers, panel discussions, live surgeries and clinical presentations to learn about the latest trends in medical innovation and what they mean to you.

Date: October 25-28, 2015

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Investing in Midwest Innovation

It's a myth that innovation can only thrive in Silicon Valley. Over the last several years, the Midwest - including Northeast Ohio - has emerged as a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship in in areas of healthcare and technology.

Date: October 27

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Fourth Innovation Centers Summit Workshop

Leaders of provider-based healthcare innovation centers and departments and other selected innovation centers are cordially invited to attend the Fourth Innovation Centers Summit Workshop on November 17-18, 2014 at the Innovation Lab in Newport Beach, California. The program is being sponsored by BluePrint Healthcare IT Innovation Exchange, The Innovation Institute and the Innovation Lab. St. Joseph Health and Bon Secours Health System are members of The Innovation Institute.

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Date: November 17-18, 2014

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Inventors Forum Session | Evolution, Enhancement and Marketing

The Evolution, Enhancement, and Marketing of Your Inventions

Does your invention have what it takes? In this session we will look at how to go from ideation to cmmercial innovaiton. We will talk abour your journey through the INVENT process, what each step entails and who is involved along the way in order to bring your product to market. The forum will also feature members of the Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) who will discuss the role of the IAB, provide an overview of the current commercial landscape, and underscore the benefits of working with our Incubators on key innovations. 

We invite you to help us bid farewell to our colleague, Dr. Sam Kiderman, who will be retiring from Cleveland Clinic after 24 years of service. A light reception will be held in his honor following the forum. 

This complimentary session is open to all Cleveland Clinic caregivers. Reserve your seat today, by clicking the button below. 


Eventbrite - Innovations Inventors Forum Series | The Evolution, Enhancement & Marketing of Your Inventions

Date: September 22, 2014 | 5:30 - 7:00pm Bunts Auditorium

NorTech's Innovation UnConference

NorTech is presenting Northeast Ohio's first Innovation UnConference at the Cleveland Convention Center on Sept. 24. From C-level executives to future tech stars and everyone in between – the UnCon will convene Northeast Ohio’s top innovators and entrepreneurs to discuss game-changing trends, technologies and business approaches. No panels. No keynotes. No PowerPoints. The #NorTechUnCon is the most engaging, empowering and productive way to exchange innovative ideas. For more information and to register visit at!   

Date: September 24, 2014

86th Annual National Technical Association Conference

"Computational Thinking for a STEM Future"

The National Technical Association is pleased to announce its 86th Annual National Conference. This noteworthy event will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, September 24-26, 2014. This year’s theme is “Computational Thinking for a STEM Future”. We will explore the ways computational tools are affecting every field of STEM and the implications for the future.

The Conference will consist of technically-oriented sessions, informative displays and a Career Fair. Panel discussions, workshops, seminars and the presentation of papers by professionals and students will center on the theme for this conference. Discussions based on this theme will expound on the ideas and methods available to the NTA and the minority populace to assist in training the technical workforce for the future.

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Date: September 24-26, 2014

Inventors Forum Session | Planting Your Flag

The Various Strategies of Securing Intellectual Property

A common perception of innovation is that it starts and ends with patents. In reality, there are many ways to protect an invention. We will discuss the "Dos and Don'ts" of protecting medical devices, therapeutics and diagnostics, health IT, and delivery solutions, illustrated by real-life case studies.  The forum will also give an overview of the USPTO's recent implementation of the "First to File" directive.

Speakers Include:

Gary Fingerhut, Executive Director, CCI
Colleen Flynn Goss, Counsel, Fay Sharpe, LLP
Craig Hayden, Partner, Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP
Gary Pitzer, Partner, Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP
Rich Wesorick, Partner, Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP

Eventbrite - Innovations Inventors Forum Series | Planting your Flag

Date: November 20, 2014 | 5:30 - 7:00pm Bunts Auditorium

Inventors Forum Session | Global Impact

Delivering Innovations to Patients via Licenses or Start-ups

Once your innovation has run the CCI gauntlet of evaluations, enhancements, and marketing, it is now time to translate the innovation into a patient-benefitting product or company. In this session, CCI employees, inventors, industry representatives, and investors will discuss the various opportunities and strategies to execute agreements and launch new companies. The session will also feature a selection of case studies that will illustrate negotiation nuances and what inventors can expect when an agreement is executed. Attendees will also hear real-life stories of how patients have benefitted from Cleveland Clinic technologies.

Eventbrite - Innovations Inventors Forum Series | Global Impact

Date: January 20, 2015 | 5:30 - 7:00pm Bunts Auditorium

Inventors Forum Session | Finance & Innovation

Identifying Funding Sources and Innovating for the Bottom Line

Perhaps the biggest reasons inventions never make it to market are rising costs and limited resources for commercialization. As costs continue to be removed from the healthcare, it appears to many that innovation will suffer. In this session, CCI and other outside experts will flip this perception on its head, by examining the unprecedented demand for “value-based” innovation, as well as new creative ways to get the resources needed to get your idea across the finish line.  

Eventbrite - Innovations Inventors Forum | Finance & Innovation

Date: March 25, 2015 | 5:30 - 7:00pm Bunts Auditorium

Inventors Forum Session | Inventor Recognition

Perspectives from the Frontline

CCI works with a variety of inventors that have made a steadfast commitment to innovation and advancing the care of patients worldwide. In this session, attendees will hear from a handful of prolific Cleveland Clinic inventors who will share their stories and describe what it takes to achieve success. Attendees will also hear from CCI staff, who will offer an overview of how we work with inventors to not only translate their ideas into products and companies, but also how we work with our colleagues to develop them into seasoned and successful innovators.  

Eventbrite - Innovations Inventor Forum Series | Frontline Perspective

Date: May 18, 2015 | 5:30 - 7:00pm Bunts Auditorium

Innovations Inventors Forum: How Do I Invent?

Click HERE  to learn more about the the May, 2014 forum.

Date: May 13, 2014, 5:30 - 7:30pm Bunts Auditorium

Invention Disclosure Form

Submit your idea today! To begin filling out, be sure to right-click and save the below link locally. 

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Innovations Spotlight

Alliance Partners

The Alliance network strives to realize new opportunities for innovation by gaining a 360-degree perspective on healthcare and its future.

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Innovations Team

Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI) is the commercialization arm of Cleveland Clinic

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