Powerful things happen when you find someone whose vision aligns with your own.

You’ve come up with a groundbreaking idea. Now you need the right development partner. Medline is actively seeking innovative concepts for medical devices and healthcare-related solutions.

Medline is privately held, financially strong, market-leading and well-connected all along the healthcare continuum. We’re interested in learning how we can partner with you.

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Our primary areas of interest are:

  • Surgical products and services
  • Infection Prevention Solutions
  • Patient Experience
  • Skin Breakdown Prevention & Wound Treatment
  • Adaptive Living (Bathing, Mobility, Safety)
  • Patient Monitoring and Disease Tracking

Our Process

We respect the hard work you’ve put into your ideas and we respect your time by promptly responding to each and every product idea that is presented to us.

Once we have your submission with basic information and disclosure forms, your submission will go through the following process:

Anyone who submits new ideas or inventions to Medline will be required to first agree to our disclosure terms that no confidential information will be disclosed. Our policy does not permit non-disclosure agreements to be signed until our subject matter expert teams have reviewed the submission. This policy is in place to protect both the inventor and Medline. See disclosure terms

01. Online Submission

Our Innovation Team will conduct an initial review of your business proposition.

02. Screening

New inventions will be screened by Medline product managers and subject matter experts.

03. Information Gathering

We gather additional information from the inventor, such as prototypes and testing data.

04. Final Review

We make a final decision on whether to pursue the partnership and we provide feedback to the inventor.

FAQs

Q: Will Medline sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before I share my idea or innovation?
A: No. Medline will only consider non-confidential information for its initial review of your submission. If we have interest in learning more after our initial review of a submission, we will contact you to discuss how to proceed.

Q: I have not yet filed a patent for my idea. Can I submit it?
A: Before you share your idea with Medline (or anyone else), we recommend you file a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This is to protect both you and the person or company to whom you are disclosing your idea.

Q: I am looking for seed money to start my company. Does Medline fund start-ups?
A: Typically, Medline does not provide start-up funding for companies to develop their invention. However, we do have a number of ways we structure intellectual property agreements, some of which include investment in early product development.

Q: Where can I find information on how to patent my product?
A: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office also has many tools and resources for inventors available on their website.

Q: How can I contact Medline about distributing my product?
A: If you have questions about distributing your product through Medline or are looking for a distribution agreement, you may contact us here for more information.

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