Do you work for or with one of Ascend's healthcare partners?

We're excited to hear about your idea

Ascend is your resource to bring new ideas to life and solve tough challenges through innovation and product development. Do you have an idea or challenge you’d like us to work on? Submit your idea below.

Submit Your Idea
Our February Submission Period is Now Closed
Our Next Cycle Closes August 2018

How It Works:

Step 1

Review your healthcare system's intellectual property policy

Step 2

Fill out the online submission form by following the link above

Step 3

Look for a confirmation email containing a pdf of your submission

Step 4

After the submission period closes, Ascend will review all submissions and follow-up shortly after.

If you’re interested in being a subject matter expert or clinical advisor to Ascend projects, let us know by emailing info@ascend-innovations.com.


What types of projects does Ascend develop?

We look in the health, wellness and medical space from simple needs to complex problems. We take on projects that have the potential to improve patient outcomes, decrease costs or enhance quality of care. Due to our small size and current technical capabilities, we do not take on pharmaceutical projects or purely process-based and software solutions.

Where do ideas come from?

Any physician, clinician or affiliate of our healthcare partners can submit an idea, invention or problem to Ascend. Occasionally we will augment this with our own needs finding efforts.

What’s in it for me?

If an idea is selected, inventors work with our development team to take their idea from concept to market. For ideas that result in new products, royalties or companies, we reward inventors by sharing in revenue and equity opportunities. Additional opportunities may include patent protection and publishing.

How are my ideas protected?

While we want to help bring your ideas to life, we want you to be secure in the process. One of our first steps is to establish a Non-Disclosure Agreement which creates a confidential relationship between you and Ascend.

Where can I find my hospital’s intellectual property policy?

We have established an intellectual property (IP) agreement with the hospitals represented by GDAHA. Refer to your organization’s intranet to access your intellectual property policy or email ideas@ascend-innovations.com for a copy.

How do ideas get evaluated?

After the idea submission is closed, we will compare all the submitted ideas against each other. We will evaluate each concept through three lenses:

  • Desirability – Is there a valid clinical or customer need, with a clear opportunity to improve current practice?
  • Viability – Is there an attractive market and profit potential, with competitive advantage or a patentable idea?
  • Feasibility – Is the development of the proposed concept technically possible? Does it align with Ascend’s mission? How many projects can we take on in this round?

As projects progress through our LIFT process they are frequently reviewed. Ascend may choose to stop the project if the above criteria are no longer met.

What can I expect after my idea has been submitted?

Ascend makes formal selection decisions biannually. At the time of submission, you will be provided the date of the submission closure, along with the anticipated timing of our next contact.

If your idea is selected for further development, we will work with you individually to ensure your expectations for communication are met as your idea progresses through our LIFT process.

If at any point you would like further detail, you are always welcome to reach out to us at info@ascend-innovations.com.

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