The Journey to Impact: Inventor’s Dilemma

July 6th, 2022

OK, here’s Part II of one (of many) dilemma(s) inventors face. The scenario: while talking with a corporation about your invention (discovery) they ask, “how does it work?” Last month I addressed the larger context of the conversation. I offered (I hope) a perspective about the nature of the conversation and the... More

The Journey to Impact: News from the Front Line

June 30th, 2022

We recently announced the nine BU researchers who won 2022 Ignition Awards, one-year grants of up to $75,000 to help launch promising new ideas into the marketplace. This annual, University-wide recognition of progress towards innovation always makes me reflect on the lack of fanfare for similar milestones from the dozens... More

The Journey to Impact: Putting Conversations into Context

June 6th, 2022

Here’s a challenge all inventors face. The scenario: While talking with a corporation about your invention, they ask, “How does it work?” The prep meeting between the researcher and me goes something like this: Researcher: And then they’ll ask, "How does it work?" and what do I say? Rana: Well, for starters, you don’t... More

The Journey to Impact: A Passion for Helping AKI Patients

May 17th, 2022

An interview with Steven C. Borkan, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at BU, and Attending Physician at Boston Medical Center. The following discussion with Dr. Steven C. Broken took place at our BU Innovator of the Year Award event — where he explained his focus on treating acute kidney injury, his... More

The Journey to Impact: Watch Your Language

May 17th, 2022

Are you working on an idea to impact a customer, audience, or market? (Since we have policy people in the audience whose “market” is the government, let’s define “market" as the audience you wish to adopt your idea.) Whether you plan to start a company, license to a third party, or... More

The Journey to Impact: Researching the Power of Molecules to Drive Life

March 28th, 2022

Many of our researchers and faculty at BU are doing work to make real change in the world. As part of our series of discussions with faculty innovators, I speak with Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, Moustakas Chair Professor in Photonics and Optoelectronics and Professor of Biomedical Engineering (ENG). Professor Cheng's research pursues a... More