Next Steps in Derm, in partnership with ODAC Dermatology, Aesthetic & Surgical Conference, interviewed Dr. John Harris, founding director of the Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center, and the Autoimmune Therapeutics Institute at UMass Chan Medical School. Dr. Harris is also the founder of five companies — proof you can be an academic and an entrepreneur at the same time. If you’re considering entrepreneurship, learn what key components you should include in your pitch. Find out the different strategies of investors and how to best pitch them. Plus learn the people skills you need to have to be successful as a dermatology entrepreneur.
Dermatologists are among the most inventive physicians, trained in the multiple disciplines of medical dermatology, surgical dermatology, and dermatopathology. Many of the advances in dermatology practice have been derived from inventive colleagues who identify opportunities for improvement in practice, develop viable prototypes to address these practice opportunities, and persevere through the hard work of developing new technologies to advance the practice of dermatology. In this article, we will review the basic elements of invention, patents, and the range of outcomes associated with the pursuit of invention. Examples of innovative dermatologic technologies and approaches will be reviewed. Opportunities abound for dermatologists to contribute to the advancement of medical care through invention in our specialty.
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