Initial Discovery Assessment and Market Scan (IDAMS) is a program co-sponsored by the Carey Business School and the Department of Medicine’s InCMed program to assist the department’s investigators in assessing their scientific ideas for potential commercialization. Investigators who would like to know if their discoveries might be commercializable are paired with a team of MBA students that will conduct an initial technology and market scan to answer the following questions:

  • Can the idea be legally protected?
  • Are there customers (i.e., a market) for the idea?
  • How big could the market be for the idea?
  • What are the next steps?

This initial assessment and recommendation is expected to take 4-8 weeks.

Investigators should submit a one-page description of the idea to the InCMed office (via Aimee Stone: astone26@jhmi.edu) for consideration. The description should contain the following information:

  • Brief, non-technical and non-propriety description of the technology and what it does
  • The problem the technology solves and whether or not there is a prototype, identified target or biomarker, animal model, pilot implementation (in the case of a process)
  • Whether or not the idea has been disclosed to JHTV and if so, the name of the case manager (ideas need not to have been disclosed in order to benefit from this service)

-Jay Pasricha, Vice Chair for Innovation and Commercialization

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