The primary purpose of ORBITlab is to develop novel ophthalmological medical devices. This is accomplished by an interdisciplinary team of faculty from UIC Business, Design, Engineering, and Medicine.
ORBITlab has developed an aggressive timeline to design ophthalmological devices. This timeline consists of four phases, each punctuated with a checkpoint to validate that the project is appropriate for ORBITlab: project selection, needs finding, ideation, and implementation. Project selection begins with the solicitation of projects from the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences faculty. As Ophthalmology faculty submit their project ideas, ORBITlab works together with the Office of Technology Management (OTM) to determine which project to pursue. Projects are selected considering three primary factors: technically feasibility, real-world need, and market viability. The remaining three phases then pertain to a single selected project. The needs finding phase consists of secondary research, primary research, and synthesis/analysis. The ideation phase consists of concept generation, whereas the implementation phase consists of fabrication, testing, and refinement to generate a functional prototype device.
ORBITlab will generate a functional ophthalmic device prototype, a comprehensive market analysis, an experimental protocol, an even assist you in writing your Internal Review Board (IRB) or Animal Care and Use (ACC) application. These deliverables are provided to the project solicitor for initial data collection and validation, which will ultimately be used by OTM to file an invention disclosure.
The ORBITlab process
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