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Dominique's Desk; Business model strategies
Christina Sherwood
10/24/2013
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Summary:

Entrepreneurs need to be creative and innovative not only with their product or service, but also with how they think about their business model. In life science and digital health, understanding one's value proposition is key. But it’s not always obvious - especially considering to whom the value proposition is most compelling. For this exercise, I find Alex Osterwalder’s Value Proposition Canvas particularly helpful.

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Dominique's Desk: The right questions to ask about your company’s intellectual property
Christina Sherwood
10/31/2013
Blog Resource
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Intellectual property is one of the toughest subjects for life science and digital health entrepreneurs to understand. From dealing with the tech transfer office to hiring an attorney to filing a provisional patent, IP is a common stumbling block for early-stage entrepreneurs.

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Definition: Intellectual Property
Christina Sherwood
1/29/2014
Blog Resource
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Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind. For a healthcare startup, IP likely refers to a particular product, such as a new drug or a wearable sensor.

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Definition: SBIR
Christina Sherwood
1/22/2014
Blog Resource
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The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program encourages U.S.-based small businesses, including healthcare startups, to engage in research and development.

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Why you should celebrate the small victories
Christina Sherwood
1/21/2014
Blog Resource
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For the life science textile company PurThread Technologies, landing an exclusive deal to embed Eastman Kodak's antimicrobial agent into textiles was a major victory that deserved celebrating. But PurThread president and CEO Lisa T. Grimes has made sure the company also lauded smaller achievements along the way.

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How to find investors without pivoting from your mission
Christina Sherwood
1/14/2014
Blog Resource
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Like many healthcare entrepreneurs with social missions at the center of their startups, Kinsa's founder and CEO Inder Singh was faced with the challenge of finding investors without pivoting from his company's central goal.

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Why you should celebrate the small victories
Christina Sherwood
1/21/2014
Blog Resource
Summary:

For the life science textile company PurThread Technologies, landing an exclusive deal to embed Eastman Kodak's antimicrobial agent into textiles was a major victory that deserved celebrating. But PurThread president and CEO Lisa T. Grimes has made sure the company also lauded smaller achievements along the way.

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What kinds of lawyers do healthcare entrepreneurs need?
Christina Sherwood
1/27/2014
Blog Resource
Summary:

Early-stage healthcare entrepreneurs and startups typically need to work with at least two types of lawyers.

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Who can apply for an SBIR grant?
Christina Sherwood
1/20/2014
Blog Resource
Summary:

Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) grants can be a key source of funding for early-stage healthcare entrepreneurs ahead of seeking out venture capital and other types of investors, who would take shares of the company away from the founder.

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Definition: Angel investor
Christina Sherwood
2/26/2014
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Angel investors are wealthy individuals who are often former entrepreneurs.

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