Nursing Innovation in the Marketplace

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing presented "Take Your Nursing Innovation to the Marketplace," a free half-day workshop highlighting nursing innovators from across the country.

The workshop's focus was on discovering the challenges, strategies, and resources that facilitate the commercialization of nursing ideas and innovations. Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN, Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Research facilitated the workshop, which was sponsored by the school's Center for Research and Scholarship.

Videos and biographies of each presenter are available below.

Keynote Address: "A Business Idea from Practice: Never Doubt Your Ability to Innovate!"

Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

Professor of Nursing and van Ameringen Chair of Nursing Excellence
University of Pennsylvania
Co-founder, RightCare Solutions

Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI conducts research and has expertise in transitional care, decision support, home care, and the electronic health record. She was an invited consultant on the Improving Safe Transitions Technical Expert Panel for CMA, served as a Care Coordination Steering Committee member of the National Quality Forum, and was appointed to the CMS-sponsored Technical Expert Panel to develop measures for transitions in care. She was invited by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Academy of Medicine to serve on the Decision Support Workgroup. In 2011, Dr. Bowles co-founded RightCare Solutions, a software company based on her team's research on discharge of referral decision making. RightCare was acquired by naviHealth, a Cardinal Health company, in 2015.

Session: "Translating Research to Clinical Impact"

Stephen D. Fening, PhD

Director, Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Apto Orthopaedics Corporation

Stephen D. Fening, PhD works to drive innovation and translational research to move technologies to the marketing, where they can improve patient care. He is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Apto Orthopaedics Corporation, an early stage company focusing on non-invasive methods to adjust orthopaedic implants. Prior to joining Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Fening was the director of Orthopaedic Research at Summa Health Systems. Prior to that, he was the Director of Research for Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. His areas of research focus included the biomechanics of sports injuries to the knee, shoulder and head, and in innovation more broadly across othropaedic devices.


Session: "Launching a Biotech Company and Surviving"

Taura L. Barr, PhD, RN, FAHA

Visiting Assistant Research Professor of Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University
Co-founder, Valtari Bio

Taura L. Barr, PhD, RN, FAHA is an internationally recognized nurse scientists and entrepreneur with expertise in stroke and heart disease. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars program. Her academic discoveries have resulted in one issued patent and multiple provisional filings. In 2012, she co-founded Valtari Bio to bring to market a point-of-care blood test for triggering suspected stroke in the pre-hospital setting. She currently serves as its chief science officer. She also founded Deep Roots Healing LLC, as part of her life's mission to create a person-centered, integrative, holistic approach to brain and heart disease recover, guided by person specific needs on a continuum.

Session: "Lessons Learned on the Journey to Becoming a Nurse Faculty Entrepreneur"

Jennifer Doering, PhD, RN

Associate Professor and Executive Committee Chair
UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing
Co-creator, The Infant Sleep Pod

Jennifer Doering, PhD, RN focuses her research on promoting health equity in vulnerable mothers and infants. Dr. Doering and her business partner created a consumer product to keep infants up to six months old safe while sleeping next to an adult. The Infant Sleep Pod contains passive (structural) and active (sensor) protections to reduce environmental exposure from unsafe sleep hazards. This IP includes one design patent and two utility patents and they are actively seeking opportunities to license the technology. They also founded an industrial manufacturing business that provides machined components to various industries.