Sometimes good ideas come from people just doing their jobs

Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 By: Scott Meacham Source: NewsOK

Innovation. It's at the heart of entrepreneurial success.

There's the groundbreaking science that comes out of our universities and internationally acclaimed research institutions, like the discoveries from OMRF licensed to Selexys that led to an experimental drug to treat sickle cell disease and a $665 million acquisition of Selexys by Novartis, the world's second largest drug company.

But not all innovation comes out of the lab. Sometimes new ideas and new companies are the outcome of people just doing their “regular” jobs. Take Ryan Dennis, MD, CEO and founder of Linear Health Sciences.

Ryan was working as a hospitalist when he came up with an idea for reducing dislodgment of IV lines and medical tubing. He and a friend, who had worked on valves and tension disconnects in the oil industry, developed the Orchid valve — a valve that breaks away when a length of medical tubing gets pulled too far.

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