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Programs & Services

 The Coulter Process

 Our program aims to leverage best practices from industry for the development and commercialization of technologies that can impact healthcare.  A key component is the formation of an interdisciplinary collaborative team wherein a clinician with a clear unmet or underserved clinical need is paired with an engineer for development and testing of a solution for that need.  These partnerships are selected and supported by an Oversight Committee comprised of clinicians experienced in translation, leaders from the industrial community, and investors who are accomplished in technology commercialization in the healthcare sector.  The teams receive mentoring and advice in the areas of product development that are key to successful translation of their technology solution including development and execution of a milestone-driven project plan that focuses on specific determinative experiments in a managed process, regulatory and reimbursement planning, and identification of a commercialization pathway.   A key component of the Coulter process also includes early engagement with technology transfer representatives from the USC Stevens Center for Innovation for de-risking projects though intellectual property and market analysis, and early identification and engagement with potential partners with financing and product commercialization capabilities.  This process is key to attracting professional investment to technology solutions so that they can be successfully commercialized and reach the patients who need them.

Program Services

We provide a variety of services to the clinical and engineering communities at USC including the following:

  • One-on-one meetings with Program Office representatives to discuss potential clinical needs and technology applications
  • Connection to a wide range of external experts and advisors for teams to receive consultations
  • Technology Feasibility and Commercialization Assessment of applicant team project pre-proposals through the USC Coulter Intern Program under mentorship of the USC Stevens Center
  • Participation in a Commercialization Workshop offered to all applicant teams
  • Connection to a business advisor to work with teams on planning and executing their commercialization strategy
  • Workshop series - USC C3i -  led by external industry experts covering key areas including the following:

o   Development and Manufacture of Medical Devices

o   Regulatory Strategies for Medical Device Development

o   Technology Development Pathways

o    SBIR/STTR  Funding Mechanisms

o   Industry Engagement and Corporate Collaborations

Project Funding Grant Programs

The Seed Program creates, develops, and/or de-risks translational projects. Funds can be used to generate preliminary data, acquire more substantial validation data, obtain expert advice to address a defined risk, develop a business case or substantiate clinical utility, generate product development and commercialization strategies, etc. Capped at $25,000, awards are intended to achieve a key milestone or enable a de-risking activity to attract follow-on funding, including but not limited to the Coulter Pilot Program.

The Pilot Program offers grants of up to approximately $100K awarded for up to a one year period. Project proposals are evaluated by a core team on the basis of their clinical merit, their potential health care impact and significance, their timeline and pathway to commercialization, and most importantly their potential for obtaining further financial investment to translate the particular solution to healthcare.

Please click here to access the Pre-proposal Application Form/Letter of Intent (LOI) template and submit the completed form to the Coulter Program Director at (usc-coulter@usc.edu).  Online applications can be accessed through the 'Apply Now' button at the bottom of the page and submitted in lieu of the LOI. 

Seed applications and pilot applications are accepted once a year (Cycle 5 deadline: October 1, 2015). All applicant teams will participate in a series of workshops known as USC C3i, beginning October 15, 2015.  Select teams will be invited to submit a full proposal for pilot or seed funding in March. The USC C3i bootcamp series of workshops and other resources (including regulatory and reimbursement consultations, market analysis and IP consultations) are provided to invited teams to help with proposal preparation. Final Proposals are then reviewed by the oversight committee and a subset of finalists is then invited to present their project to the oversight committee in May for final funding decisions.  A detailed schedule for the cycle 5 pilot program can be found here.