Bench to Community

Bench to Community Educational Series

Translating New Ideas into Clinical Practice
A Virtual Introduction

Medical practitioners frequently identify clinical needs, new product ideas, and enhanced methodologies for improving diagnosis, treatment, and patient care. Physicians, surgeons, nurses, engineers, and others can benefit from learning about steps involved in translating their ideas and discoveries into clinical practice. Experienced industry and academic leaders provide information on the development process, intellectual property, licensing and start-up options, and regulatory pathways.

The 2020-2021 series, now available as recorded lectures, introduces the multiple factors involved in translating new solutions for unmet needs into clinical practice reality. Individual sessions provide an overview of the process of innovation from initial need identification and solution concept creation, development and evaluation steps, intellectual property considerations, and medical regulatory influences for commercialization of finished medical products. VCU medical, academic, and business-oriented faculty will receive introductions to VCU resources for innovation and development assistance. The series provides the foundation for future sessions focusing on additional key topic areas in the Bench to Community journey in improving patient care. CME credit is available for physicians, surgeons, and nurses.

If you have a topic idea for a future seminar, or if you would like to report an error in our content, please contact: Laura Osborne, Program Coordinator,, 804-828-0349

Hosted by the VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine, The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and VCU Office of the Vice President of Research and Administration.

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Previous Seminars

Seminar 1: Translating New Ideas Into Clinical Practice

Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 | 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Learn more about Seminar 1 or view the recording

Seminar 2: Medical Device Development Processes

Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 | 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Learn more about Seminar 2 or view the recording

Seminar 3: Invention Disclosures, Patent Process, and Licensing

Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 | 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Learn more about Seminar 3 or view the recording

Seminar 4: Start-ups & Faculty Funding

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 | 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Learn more about Seminar 4 or view the recording

Seminar 5: FDA Regulatory Pathways and Requirements

Friday, March 5, 2021 | 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Learn more about Seminar 5 or view the recording

Seminar 6: Utilizing VCU Library Resources for Medical Innovation

Friday, April 2, 2021 | 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Learn more about Seminar 6 or view the recording


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