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Title: Critical Factors for Evaluating and Commercializing Inventions
Author: James A Leahy
Published: 1999
Publication: RESNA Conference: Long Beach, California

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Evaluation and Transfer (RERC-TET) operated from 1993 to 1998. Its objectives were to identify prototype assistive devices, evaluate their potential value for consumers, and work to commercialize those with apparent value. The RERC-TET met its objectives by evaluating hundreds of prototype assistive devices, and transferring an average of five per year to manufacturers through licenses. This paper reviews the experiences, relevant findings and some of the critical factors of a successful technology evaluation and transfer program in the field of assistive technology.

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