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The Children's National Research Institute

Innovation Ventures

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Fostering Discovery and Innovation

Every day we're working hard to help our faculty and staff develop innovative pediatric products that will shape the future.

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Innovation Ventures at Children’s National Hospital manages all aspects of intellectual property development, creates strategic business partnerships with external stakeholders and provides educational information to foster academic entrepreneurship. Innovation Ventures manages the protection, marketing and commercialization of all hospital intellectual property and non-patentable intellectual property such as research tools, software and know-how.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide Children’s National staff with the support, resources and guidance necessary to move ideas and discoveries from the research setting to the marketplace that benefit the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally.


Translational research has been a cornerstone strategy for Children’s National. In 1989, leadership codified this by forming a separate affiliate, the Children's National Research Institute (CNRI). Today with more than 130 faculty, CRI advances state-of-the-art biomedical research – bridging discovery to clinical practice. In 2009, a generous gift of $150 million was given to Children’s National to establish the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation to make surgery more precise, less invasive and as painless as possible. Together, these Institutes define innovation in pediatric care in the 21st century. In 2015, Innovation Ventures was established to catalyze these efforts. Innovation Ventures offers guidance and resources to enable Children’s National employees to navigate a clear path to the development of innovative pediatric products.

Who We Are

Innovation Ventures is composed of a multidisciplinary team of professionals who have comprehensive expertise in innovation/technology management, business development and strategic alliances.

What We Do

We provide the tools to help faculty and staff build successful relationships to commercialize innovations and deliver assistance in:

  • Technology assessment and patenting
  • Marketing of intellectual property
  • Negotiating agreements
  • Facilitating start-up ventures

Contact Information

For more information about Innovation Ventures, please contact:

Kolaleh Eskandanian, Ph.D., M.B.A., P.M.P.
Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer

Haiyin Chang, Ph.D.
Senior Licensing Associate

Erica M. Durham, M.A.
Intellectual Property Specialist