Six tips from innovation VP at $10 billion Partners HealthCare

By Julie Donnelly, Contributing Writer

coburn-largeChris Coburn knows a few things about spin-offs: as the first executive in charge of innovation for the Cleveland Clinic, he oversaw the spin-off of 57 companies over thirteen years.

Last June, he took a new job as Vice President of Innovation at Partners HealthCare, a $10 billion non-profit healthcare system based in Boston whose hospitals include Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Coburn is responsible for commercializing scientific breakthroughs, which can include licensing technology to existing companies or cultivating new ventures that will eventually have their own management teams and their own funding.

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