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Vanderbilt launches new program focused on facilitating innovation

The newly launched Vanderbilt Innovation Ambassadors Program is an initiative to provide Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers with better peer-delivered access to assistance and information about innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.

Part of the institution’s Enabling Innovation Initiative, the goal is to serve the entire Vanderbilt research community, not just life science researchers. The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, worked with the initiative partners – School of Medicine, VUMC and the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization (CTTC) – to create and launch the program.

Fourteen individuals have been selected as inaugural Ambassadors. They will provide general information and resources about intellectual property, translation and commercialization of academic discoveries, entrepreneurship programs, and relevant institutional policies, such as conflict of interest and intellectual property policies. They also will connect their colleagues to appropriate institutional units, including CTTC, the Wond’ry and local initiatives, for deeper levels of assistance and service. They will then be responsible for providing feedback to those units to help improve the process.

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