Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Resources

Indiana CTSI Think Tank Program

The skills and knowledge required for successful commercialization of new technologies (intellectual property protection, SBIR/STTR funding, and startup creation) are very different than those for traditional academic research (scientific publication and R01-style grant funding).

The Indiana CTSI Think Tank Program is designed to provide early guidance to academic and clinical investigators interested in advancing their discoveries to the market. The program is open to investigators from Indiana University (IU), Purdue University, or the University of Notre Dame; and includes a pool of advisors across these universities and industry around the state to provide investigators with a wide range of expertise and perspectives.

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Think Tank Devices Program

We support Indiana CTSI associated investigators who are working to advance their innovative medical devices and software ideas through early phase development toward commercialization and clinical use.

Andrew Brightman, PhD, professor of engineering practice in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University and Thomas O’Sullivan, PhD, associate professor in the department of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, co-lead the Device Think Tank program.

For more information, please contact Device Think Tank Facilitator: Kara Garcia, PhD, assistant professor of radiology and imaging sciences and CTSI Navigator for IU School of Medicine-Evansville (Southwest Indiana) at

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