Posts from the ‘Open Innovation’ Category

Why do we have a shortage of Medical Device Design and Process Engineers?

I have been with the medical device industry for a decade. The decades before that was spent with heavy construction, automobiles, consumer goods on a host of interesting assignments.

Process engineers are a much sought out skill with medical device companies. It takes about 6 months to get the right engineers with the right skills.

The fast growth in the medical industry has contributed to this.

The sad part is that 75% of the work done by these highly skilled engineers is consumed by mounds of documentation work.

So, what is the moral of the story?

Should be a good Six Sigma project.

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Open Innovation – What is it? Is it a new term of an old concept?

The other day I was asked what was my idea of open innovation

So I decided to Google Open Innovation

Here is the low down which I quote from the link which is given below

http://openinnovation.haas.berkeley.edu/

Open Innovation is the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate innovation. With knowledge now widely distributed, companies cannot rely entirely on their own research, but should acquire inventions or intellectual property from other companies when it advances the business model.”

I am originally from India and we went out to the world and licensed technology.

Of course at that time we called it collaboration.

Companies in the USA generally rely on their own in house R&D and now I can understand what Open Innovation is all about

Or do I?

My take on this is that as individuals we have to network with other professionals and discuss innovative approaches as long as they do not compromise IP (Intellectual Property)

These networking discussion will indirectly lead to Open Innovation opportunity