The Winning Team: Science, Knowledge, Industry, and Information

  • Gabriel GruionuEmail author
  • Lucian Gheorghe Gruionu
  • George C. Velmahos


Winning academic innovation requires a new team of interdisciplinary specialists and electronic resources for information management. The industry model of innovation social network (ISN) can serve as an example of a proven culture of innovation. It contains a complex research and development network (RDN) led by a product specialist (PS) who coordinates technical, clinical, and business experts to ensure fitness for use of the newly developed products. Currently, the academic innovation social network (aISN) is inefficient and made of only a few of the industry functions such as the clinician/scientist inventors and their laboratory personnel or clinical team and the university technology transfer office (TTO). Moreover, the essential information and knowledge for innovation (i.e., the shortcomings of current clinical and research approaches) are not recorded, more emphasis being currently placed on what works rather than what needs to be improved. A new academic innovation program led by a director of medical innovation (DMI) was developed to accelerate academic innovation at the level of process and execution. As a result, a more complete aISN was created where more academic innovation projects are generated from real clinical needs and advanced toward licensing and venture capital investment. Furthermore, a new innovation electronic platform, the academic innovation management system (AIMS), was developed to connect academia with the external network of service providers and capital investors. The newly developed innovation team spans academic and industry environments and is better prepared to advance winning innovative projects toward commercialization and clinical use.


Medical Innovation Entrepreneurship Intrapreneurship Academic innovation management system AIMS Academic innovation social network Insufflator Research and development network Director of medical innovation 



The research leading to these results has received funding from UEFISCDI Romania, under the project “Innovative portable insufflation device to stop uncontrolled abdominal bleeding in military and civilian trauma,” contract no. 244PED/2017, PN-III-P2-2.1-PED-2016-1587, and the Competitiveness Operational Program 2014–2020 under the project P_37_357 “Improving the research and development capacity for imaging and advanced technology for minimal invasive medical procedures (iMTECH)” grant, Contract No. 65/08.09.2016, SMIS-Code: 103633.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel Gruionu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lucian Gheorghe Gruionu
    • 2
  • George C. Velmahos
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical CareMassachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Medical Engineering Laboratory, Faculty of Mechanics and the INCESA InstituteUniversity of CraiovaCraiovaRomania
  3. 3.Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical CareMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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