Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation (OEI) works to create an entrepreneurial spirit throughout Children's Hospital. The Office is responsible for all entrepreneurial activities within CHOP and will accelerate CHOP's reputation as the leading center for entrepreneurship in pediatric medicine. This is accomplished by identifying potential spinouts, developing strategic partnerships, pursuing potential commercialization opportunities and developing early stage ideas, including innovative devices, therapies, mobile applications and software tools. OEI has created a centralized hub for managing existing and future entrepreneurial/innovation projects.

OEI aims to find existing ideas/concepts, technologies or monetization opportunities existing within CHOP and work to determine and realize their revenue potential over the short- and longterm. The office will pull these companies, technologies or opportunities to the forefront using infrastructure, capital and talent investments/strategies to bring each to the appropriate business decision.

The staff of the office consists of full and part time employees as well as a scientific advisory council. OEI staff include:

Patrick FitzGerald

Patrick FitzGerald
Vice President




Kamilah Weems

Kamilah Weems
Administrative Director




Paul Dehel

Paul Dehel
Project Coordinator




Flaura Winston, MD, PhD

Flaura Winston, MD, PhD
Scientific Advisor




Kelsey Pagdon

Kelsey Pagdon
Medical Device Liaison




The following are members of OEI’s Scientific Advisory Council:

Flaura Winston, MD, PhD

Flaura Winston, MD, PhD
Chair
Scientific Director, Center for Injury Research and Prevention



Thane Blinman, MD, FAAP
Attending Pediatric Surgeon



Bimal Desai, MD, MBI, FAAP
Chief Medical Information Officer




Evan Fieldston, MD, MBA, MSHP
Physician, Department of Pediatrics




Kathryn Roberts, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Critical Care




Robert E. Shaddy, MD
Division Chief, Cardiology




Tech Transfer

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a world-class academic medical center devoted to the healthcare of children where federally sponsored research grants and contracts, philanthropic donations, and corporate funding contribute to advancements in basic and clinical research.

Children's Hospital actively seeks industry partners for research collaborations and licensing opportunities as envisioned under the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. The Hospital's relationships with industry are mutually beneficial wherein they facilitate the commercialization of research and inventions to advance the healthcare of children.