Office of Innovation Development

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The Office of Innovation Development (OID) at Children’s National manages all aspects of intellectual property development, creates strategic business partnerships with external stakeholders, and conducts education programs to foster academic entrepreneurship.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide Children’s National staff with the support, resources, and guidance necessary to move ideas and discoveries into products that benefit the health and wellbeing 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 Research Institute (CRI). 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 will define innovation in pediatric care in the 21st century.  In 2010, the Office of Innovation Development was established to catalyze these efforts. OID 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

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

What We Do

The Office serves as the innovation hub at Children’s National providing three primary roles, innovation management, alliance management and leadership in education, policy and ethics, in its efforts to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and bring novel pediatric products to patients. Oftentimes, the lines between the three OID roles can overlap as projects mature and needs change. OID works in a collaborative style as partners and educators, rather than a provider of services alone.