Research Business Development

Baylor Scott & White Research Institutes collaborates with physicians, investigators, staff and external partners, such as pharmaceutical companies, universities and government entities, to identify and realize research business opportunities.

This network of resources and expertise culminate in a system that delivers research innovation across 60 specialties areas, through an average of 2,000 active trials each year, and results in hundreds of published studies. Our dedicated technology transfer service also helps to evaluate, patent, market and license technology developed through BSWRI by our researchers and inventors, as well as through collaborations with third-party companies, investors and entrepreneurs, as well as collegial alliances. We have commercialized pioneering discoveries including patents pertaining to the discovery of a treatment for Systemic Onset Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (SJIA, or SOJIA), a form of arthritis that affects 25,000 to 50,000 children in the United States.

Additional patented technologies in areas such as:

  • Immunotherapies
  • Biomarkers for conditions such as heart failure and colorectal cancer
  • Targeting antibodies
  • Medical devices

Transfer Technology Office

The Transfer Technology Office (TTO) is the commercialization unit of our program. The TTO works to foster innovation and translate the ideas and research of Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and Baylor Scott & White Health staff to inventions and discoveries that benefit the public.

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute staff are involved at all stages of the invention and discovery process to evaluate, protect, market and manage intellectual property. We also focus on building and maintaining effective relationships with inventors, academic and industry partners, nonprofit and government organizations, and other collaborators both locally and abroad.

Services for Inventors

The TTO offers a number of services to inventors and industry in an effort to bridge the gap between promising innovations and improved patient care.

  • Identify and connect basic and clinical researchers who may be interested in or benefit from collaborating (i.e. due to similar research focuses).
  • Execute agreements to advance and protect innovation, including agreements for confidentiality, material transfer and technology collaboration.
  • Coordinate prototype development and proof of concept testing.
  • Deliver one-on-one or group training sessions about technology transfer and related topics.
  • Serve as a resource for up-to-date information on innovation in healthcare.
  • Serve as the single point of access for innovations throughout the entire Baylor Scott & White system allowing for streamlined communication.
  • Connect companies to Baylor Scott & White inventors, researchers and technologies that address industry interests and create mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Conduct business transactions in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Offer access to experts in the sciences, business development, intellectual property and related fields.
  • Manage consulting agreements between industry and Baylor Scott & White staff.

Staff and investigators can download the invention disclosure form (log-in required).

For additional information, please email Inventions@BSWHealth.org.

Conflict of Interest

The Operational Conflict of Interest Committee works with staff members to identify and manage or eliminate conflicts of interest associated with engagement with external parties. To do this we review annual disclosures to ensure that significant conflicts of interests are managed appropriately. We also review consulting agreements to ensure that employees are not placing themselves or the institution in a position where our interests are subordinate to a third party.

We advise all staff and employees to review our conflict of interest policies and have resources available on site to help address any questions.

Research Data Management

Data managers create Microsoft Access databases for research studies. The databases are information management tools that help us to collect data from studies that will be used for data storage, analysis, reporting and reference. Complex user input validations will be applied into the forms to maintain the quality of the information being entered into the databases. The databases allow us to overcome the limitations found when trying to manage large amounts of information in Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet applications.

The Clinical Trials Data Analyst team utilizes the data repositories to analyze data and provide research related reports, feasibility, and analysis for customers system wide to enhance enrollment and decrease cost.

iRIS is an integrated management tool that supports different processes of research. It is a consolidated application that accommodates compliance, review boards, study management, and grant processing as well as serving as a data warehouse. It is a secure access oriented Web-based environment, and is intuitive to each researcher based on their needs.

iRIS allows for reduction of data duplication and produces real-time tracking of study progress through a world wide web portal. This suite of modules allows our institution to integrate concurrent processes into one centralized database. We provide hands-on training and promote a converged environment for our researchers. We facilitate and streamline the submission process from start to finish.