Frequently Asked Questions

Product Development

Mercy Research's Product Development group is a translational research team comprised of multidisciplinary scientists, engineers, medical, and business professionals in an integrated collaborative model. Our broad expertise includes areas in the field of biology, chemistry, engineering, marketing, and medicine. This allows us to evaluate problems from different perspectives, leading us to the best possible solution that can be translated into a usable product.

For Mercy Physicians

What qualifies as an “invention?”

An invention is a new and useful process or device that did not exist previously. An invention needs to be well-defined and thought-out in a way that makes it clear how it will be “reduced to practice.”

What kinds of ideas should be brought to Mercy Research?

From surgical instruments to drug delivery devices, mobile apps to enterprise software, we work on any new concept that affects patient care.

What benefits do I receive for being an inventor?

Mercy Research handles up-front development cost, provides grant opportunities, and shares royalties with inventor upon successful commercialization

How much development and design do I need to do before I bring my idea to Mercy Research?

While a home-built prototype is preferred, inventors should at least have a concept sketch or schematic that describes the details and function of the invention.

How does Mercy Research choose which projects are accepted for development?

We have a rigorous screening process that considers aspects such as ability to file for a patent, regulatory requirements, clinical need, market size and similarities to existing products.

What are the expectations of the inventor during the development and commercialization process?

Inventors will need to provide clinical insight to the development team throughout the process. Mercy Research has a team of scientists, engineers and business professionals that lead technical development and commercialization efforts so that time requirements for research activities are minimized.

How do I submit an invention to the Product Development team?

All Mercy co-workers can submit their ideas to Mercy Research. Inventors can submit their ideas using our simple electronic invention disclosure form.

For Clients

I am working on developing a new medical device. How can Mercy help me?

The team at Mercy Research can provide business and market intelligence, development and engineering support, testing assistance, guidance on regulatory and reimbursement pathways, and clinical assessments to help make your new medical device a success.

How do I know if Mercy Research can be valuable to the development of my new medical device?

Contact us so that we can learn more about your project and begin mapping out how our team can provide value. We’ll then provide a proposal that outlines the specific deliverables that we believe will take your project to the next level.

How much will it cost?

Project costs are highly variable and depend on the scope of the project. When we provide a proposal to you, it will outline the specific project deliverables and the costs associated with each.

For Licensees

How do I find out more about licensing a specific technology?

Contact us for more information about any of our available technologies. A member of the Mercy Research Commercialization team will get in contact with you as quickly as possible.