About Us

Engaging in Open Innovation with Industry

Wake Forest Innovations accelerates the journey from discovery to commercialization so that important scientific discoveries can become life-improving realities.

  • We help transform the ideas, discoveries and inventions of our scientists and clinicians into valuable proprietary technologies and license these to industry.
  • We help industry to research and develop its own discoveries by providing open access to the intellectual, clinical and research capabilities of Wake Forest.

Through open innovation with industry we improve health by transforming ideas, discoveries and inventions into valuable health care products.

Innovation Begins with an Idea and Succeeds Through Collaboration

Wake Forest Innovations advances the mission of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to improve health care globally through academic, clinical and research excellence by investing in the innovative potential of our academic and clinical communities. By helping to translate ideas and discoveries into valuable commercial products, we work with our partners in industry, government, the financial community and other universities to create the health care innovations and sustainable companies of tomorrow.

Core Services

Industry Relations & Business Development

Industry Relations & Business Development engages with industry to form business arrangements across a broad range of scientific and clinical research operations. The department offers several core services including: Business Development, Market Analytics, Intellectual Property Management, Technology Licensing, New Company Formation and Incubation, and Contract R&D Services Sales.

Contact Industry Relations & Business Development at +1.336.716.3729 or partnering@wakehealth.edu.

Product Innovation Services

Product Innovation Services stimulates and invests in the creation of innovation technology, products and services. This group proactively engages researchers to facilitate product ideation, invention disclosure, intellectual property protection and business planning. Product Innovation Services also financially supports researchers through prototyping and proof of concept studies to translate nascent discoveries into commercially viable products.

Contact Product Innovation Services at +1.336.713.1663 or innovation@wakehealth.edu.

Contract Research & Development Services

Contract Research & Development Services structures and promotes Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s scientific assets to partners under competitive terms. The group’s Preclinical Translational Services department provides technical support to Wake Forest faculty engaged in contracts with industry and other funding sources to offer medical device, therapeutic and procedure preclinical testing services. It also manages the Center for Applied Learning, a core learning laboratory at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center that provides experiential, immersive learning services for faculty and partners.

Contact Contract Research & Development Services at +1.336.713.1111 or preclinical@wakehealth.edu.

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