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  • In recent years there has been an increasing need for investigators to secure alternative sources of funding, and nonprofit organizations have become integral parts of the research and development process.

  • Venture philanthropy is a relatively new concept of cooperation in which nonprofits not only fund research but also take a businesslike approach to product development, commer­cialization, and collaboration with industry partners.

  • Potential opportunities that come with nonprofit funding can include better patient access, more early funding for research and development, and increased networking opportunities.

  • Investigators must be prepared for potential pain points such as managing conflicts of interest, managing intellectual property, and ensuring prior art is accounted for during the application process.

  • With proper management and transparency, involvement with a nonprofit foundation has the potential to be greatly beneficial to both the investigator and the foundation.

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