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How Abstract Is Your Automobile?

Be careful about the vehicle you’ve been driving. As sturdy, tangible, useful, and inventive as it looks to you, it may turn out to be merely an abstraction, perhaps nothing more than the mere idea of “transportation” or “going places,” making it unworthy of the thousands of patents protecting its numerous technologies — if the …

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Lessons from the British Navy: Why the Cure for Scurvy Took 200 Years to Be Implemented

The great challenge in innovation is not coming up with a discovery or great invention. The challenge is in making it stick, in nurturing it and growing it so that it spreads and changes the world. Numerous antibodies and barriers are ready to snuff out every great idea, even when it offers a solution that …

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Monopolies vs. Health Care Innovation: What Happens When Incumbents Decide Who Gets to Compete?

Monopolies can innovate, just like elephants can play tennis. The results usually just aren’t very elegant or successful. Competition, on the other hand, is famous for driving innovation. Even in state-owned monopolies, like NASA’s initial monopoly on space exploration in the US, it was competition between nations during the rush to outer space and then …

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Another Innovation Knifing: Cutting “Natural Products” Out of the Scope of Patentable Subject Matter

One of the important new antibiotics discovered and developed by pharmaceutical companies in the past few years is Rifampicin and its relative├é┬áRifamycin. These potent antibiotics remain key tools in fighting off serious infection. Their story begins with a soil sample taken from a pine forest on the French Riviera in 1957 that was then studied …

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Dr. Sangtae Kim on the Morgridge Institute

Dr. Sangtae Kim, the visionary leader of the Morgridge Institute for Research that is the private arm of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, discusses he Morgridge Institute in the video below beginning at about 4 minutes into the program. His comments are related to my previous Pixetell video presentation on the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery …

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Collaborative Innovation, Altruistic Incentives, and Innovation Competitions: Prize4Life Offers an Exciting Case Study

In Conquering Innovation Fatigue, we emphasize that many innovators are motivated by the desire to make a difference in the world rather than merely obtain personal profit. We also discuss the concept of innovation competitions as a great way to fuel innovation success and access new talent. We also emphasize the importance of collaboration across …

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The Long-Tail of Innovation: Customizing Health Care Based on Patient Genetics

One of the hottest trends for modern innovation is customization of products and services to meet the unique needs of individuals. Classic examples of business model innovation based on customization include Dell computer, who developed a suite of patented supply chain advances to assist in rapidly delivering customized computers at low cost, or Netflix, whose …

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