SoPE Members and Supporters,
I am pleased to bring you the re-launch of the SoPE Newsletter that Dr. Arlen Meyers began and managed for several years. The new SoPE Newsletter will be published quarterly and will have a new Guest Editor for each edition, first starting with the members of the Board of Directors of SoPE. We will then offer the opportunity for Chapter Leaders and Industry Luminaries to serve as Guest Editors of the Newsletter. Our hope is to allow our members to showcase the activities happening at the local level and to share your triumphs and challenges with like-minded professionals around the globe, in the expectation of accelerating your path to commercializing your innovation for patients.
When Drs. Arlen Meyers, Steven Levine, and I started this Society more than eight years ago, it was clear to us that physicians would not be the only members of the group. Yet because of our “end-user” status and our personal understanding of unmet needs in the marketplace, each Chapter of SoPE is led (or co-led) by a physician. But make no mistake about it, SoPE is a society promoting inclusiveness and we welcome and thrive on the diversity of professionals we have as members of this organization. It is through this coalition of innovators and entrepreneurs that we grow both personally and professionally, and create an ecosystem that can critically look at new ideas and help to nurture them from bench to bedside, through our connections, mentorship and resources. I have experienced this myself in my own journey of Biomedical, Biopharmaceutical and medical services entrepreneurship, and preach the value of the “Big SoPE Tent” to all those who will listen!
Recognizing that some of you want to keep your day jobs, but still come up with some brilliant ideas for our patients, SoPE has recently partnered with the Innovation Institute to form a process by which you can submit your ideas to a SoPE review team, which then goes on to the staff at the Innovation Institute if deemed potentially successful from a commercial standpoint. If the Innovation Institute accepts your idea, they will finance the project, take it through the regulatory process, and partner it with industry firms for distribution…leaving you with a healthy portion of the revenue stream! Here is a link to a webinar that we created in order to explain the procedure in greater detail.
Thanks to each of you for your contributions, your sponsorship of our meetings, and your dedication to bringing new healthcare innovations to life.
Here’s to your entrepreneurship and success, and to always envisioning a world where failure is not an option!
All the best.
Please encourage others to join us in this journey and always feel free to send us your comments and suggestions.
Society of Physician Entrepreneurs