The Office of IP & Commercialization

The mission of the Office of IP & Commercialization is to move inventions arising from all areas of Sanford’s health system into the marketplace for public benefit and economic development. 

The Office of IP & Commercialization at Sanford Health is committed to fostering an entrepreneurial environment and helping Sanford inventors introduce their discoveries to the marketplace.  Our office manages Sanford’s intellectual property (IP) and develops strategies and alliances that promote the development and commercialization of new products.  We provide patenting, licensing, and company start-up services free of charge for inventions developed with Sanford resources.

Employees of Sanford Health are encouraged to bring new findings, developments or discoveries to the Office of IP & Commercialization.  For inventions arising from research involving federal funding, Sanford policy and federal law require that these inventions be disclosed to our office.  

Sanford Research has assembled a multi-disciplinary committee to review and pursue only those projects that have the most commercial potential and fulfill the mission of Sanford Health.  The IP Committee fulfills two urgent needs for development and sustainability of our intellectual property program:

  1. A comprehensive analysis of any new disclosures and/or inventions
  2. Unifying vision and driving accountability for ongoing projects

For each disclosure, a product manager will be assigned to prepare a portfolio of information that will be presented to the committee that includes diligent information to support decisions related to new disclosures and progress updates to support decisions related to ongoing projects.

Inventors should fill out an Invention Disclosure Form to submit their ideas, as these reports document the identity of the inventors and are the starting point for intellectual property protection and technology development. 

For intellectual property and commercialization inquiries please contact:

Tyler Remund, PhD
Director of Commercialization
Benjamin Forred, MBA
Translation Research Project Manager