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Center for Medical Innovation

Penn State College of Medicine clinicians, faculty, staff and students are building a better future by moving their groundbreaking innovations down the path of technology commercialization and into the lives of patients around the world.

The mission of the Center for Medical Innovation is to provide a service-oriented organization within the Penn State system to drive economic and social value from Penn State medical innovation. The Center provides guidance and support to streamline the process of moving innovative technologies through the commercialization pipeline to industry, to make a positive economic and social impact in the community.

What Can CMI Do For You?

Regardless of your level of experience in technology commercialization, the Center for Medical Innovation can help contribute towards achieving your innovative research’s commercial success.

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The Center for Medical Innovation, working in partnership with the Penn State Office of Technology Management, serves Penn State Health, Penn State College of Medicine and the scientific community to advance innovative research towards new products and services to positively impact human health. The Center builds strong industry partnerships; engages our economic ecosystem; and provides educational programming focused on entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization.

When you think that you have a novel medical technology, contact our Center before any public disclosures, including abstracts, poster presentations or talks. An on-site technology licensing officer will take the important steps to protect your intellectual property.

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  • Developing business strategy
  • Performing market analysis
  • Analyzing commercial potential
  • Seamless integration with Office of Technology Management for intellectual property management
  • Generating potential regulatory strategies
  • Initial clinical strategies
  • Providing access to capital and funding
  • Key connections to industry
  • Providing guidance and interim support along the critical-path
  • Focused innovation groups
  • Educational and outreach programs and training
  • Advisory board review and market feedback

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Kevin Harter, MBA

Chief Innovation Officer, Penn State College of Medicine

Professor of Practice, Entrepreneurship Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Penn State Harrisburg

Kevin Harter, Director of Penn State's Center for Medical Innovation, is pictured wearing a dark suit jacket, dark pants and white collared shirt. He is sitting on a ledge inside a building with a large glass window behind him and an outdoor scene of a college campus with trees, sidewalks and buildings visible through the window.Kevin Harter joined Penn State in September 2015 as professor of practice in entrepreneurship and director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Harter has forged a partnership with the College of Medicine, Penn State Harrisburg, and Dickinson School of Law to develop a unified approach to entrepreneurial development.

He now serves as Chief Innovation Officer at the College of Medicine and holds a joint faculty appointment with Penn State Harrisburg and the College of Medicine.

Harter has more than 35 years of experience in new business development, including all aspects of developing, managing and financing life science and technology businesses. He has held more than two dozen board seats in healthcare, technology and financial companies.

Harter served as chairman, president and CEO of Saladax Biomedical, Inc., a leader in personalized medicine and diagnostics, from 2007-2015. He was co-founder and senior vice president of the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania (LSGPA). Harter co-founded Keystone Medical Systems, previously the largest independent supplier of information technology and electronic medical record solutions to physicians and served as its CTO and COO for over a decade.

Recognition for his professional and volunteer achievements includes the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young/Inc. Magazine, Outstanding Leadership in Technology Award from the Technology Council of Central PA, and the Alumni Fellow and Philip Philip Mitchell Service Award from the Pennsylvania State University.

He holds a BS in information systems and an MBA from Penn State University.

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For general information on the Center for Medical Innovation, please call 717-531-8496 or email