Translation and Innovation


Contact Anne DeChant, MS, MBA

Assistant Director, Office of Translation and Innovation


The Office of Translation and Innovation

The OTI at CWRU School of Medicine works to foster commercialization, build relationships with pharmaceutical and biomedical device corporations, and develop strong partnerships in biomedical research at all levels. The office serves to assess and advise investigators with supported projects, to educate faculty, fellows and graduate students in technology transfer and development of research ideas, and to move promising candidates quickly from discovery to development. Our approach includes:

  • Building technologies by providing strong pre-clinical development programs
  • Attracting capital using CWRU endowment and state grants as a foundation to attract partner investors
  • Supporting the development of people by actively building entrepreneurship and
  • Translational research support programs

CWRU Venture Mentor Program

The Case Venture Mentor Program (CVMP) provides team mentoring to our young faculty, students, and staff from a pool of local experts in a wide range of industries. Our process stems from the MIT Venture Mentor Service, a hugely successful program that has spawned over 70 similar programs across the U.S and around the world. Their processes are shown to provide a more likely chance that the venture will succeed, and that mentoring works best in a conflict-free, confidential, safe environment.

CVMP will also provide workshops and seminars that are open to all on campus. Visit our news section for details on events.

If you are entrepreneurial-minded and would like to join the CVMP, or if you would like more information on becoming a mentor, please contact Anne DeChant at or 216-368-8867 for more details.