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Zucker Institute for Applied Neuroscience and MUSC Foundation for Research Development Announce Merger | MUSK

The new Zucker Institute for the Commercialization of Innovation will allow the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to continue to support the efforts of inventive employees and students in a more effective way

CHARLESTON, SC (July 14, 2022) – The Zucker Institute for Applied Neuroscience (ZIAN) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the MUSC Foundation for Research Development (FRD) have announced that they will join forces and collectively begin to do business as the “Zucker Institute for Innovation Commercialization” effective today. .

The new combined institute solidifies MUSC’s commercialization efforts into a single, more powerful engine with an increased ability to execute on its mission of facilitating the creation of new products and services that improve lives.

“The reorganization of teams within the unified Zucker Institute for Innovation Commercialization positions the organization for growth and scale,” said Jesse Goodwin, chief innovation officer at MUSC. Goodwin will chair ZI’s board after serving as deputy director of FRD as well as chairman of ZIAN’s board. “This new institute will continue to support the efforts of MUSC’s inventive employees and students, so that their ideas become products and services that generate meaningful impact.”

The reorganization creates a new technology transfer group that will act as a component of MUSC’s Office of Innovation, as it seeks to continue to build a culture of innovation around the company that is recognized globally. national. The group will be responsible for translating the scientific, clinical and educational research efforts supported by MUSC’s intellectual property into products used beyond MUSC.

“Innovation is our fuel here at MUSC; it’s part of our heart to change what’s possible,” said MUSC President David J. Cole, MD, FACS. “We want to continue to facilitate the development of processes, technologies and strategies that produce beneficial real-world impact for those we serve, and this component of the Office of Innovation will ensure that continues.”


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