Interested in making an impact in global health? Curious about what it takes to bring an innovation to market?

About this event

There have been tens of thousands of innovations invented by faculty and students at Johns Hopkins. Many of these inventions, however, are sitting on the shelf, failing to achieve their full potential. Are you interested in learning how to take one from idea to impact?

Join us at Global Health Ventures: Advancing Innovations from Idea to Impact to identify promising venture ideas from cutting-edge intellectual property (IP) developed by members of the Johns Hopkins community.

During the workshop, speakers will discuss the global health innovation landscape, how to identify a solution with commercial promise, and tips for building your own impactful business using Johns Hopkins’ IP. You will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary graduate student team from across Hopkins to:

  • Review intellectual property developed by the JHU community
  • Identify a solution with commercial promise
  • Understand what it takes to develop your own impactful venture



Q: Who should attend?

A: Any graduate student interested in global health, innovation, technology, or entrepreneurship. No venture experience needed!

Q: Do I have to have a business idea in advance?

A: Nope! We’re providing great speakers and intellectual property from our colleagues at Johns Hopkins to give you a head start on building a business.

Q: What sorts of public health challenges will we be investigating?

A: Johns Hopkins has a wealth of available IP to help address needs in infectious diseases, neonatal health, non-communicable diseases, and more! You can select a category in the sign-up or choose to be assigned randomly.

Q: Where will this event take place?

A: The workshop will be held in-person at FastForwardU. Pending COVID-19 guidelines, all participants will be hosted in the Innovation Hub at 320 W 29th St #200, Baltimore, MD 21211. In alignment with JHU guidelines, all participants will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of the event.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please email Avery Waite ([email protected]) and Katie Ryan ([email protected]) if you have any questions.