Innovation Center

Innovation Center

Innovation is the key to all advancements in modern medicine. The Innovation Center at CBRI bridges the gap between new ideas and clinical practice by recruiting biotech solutions from physicians, nurses, and researchers within our system and across the globe.  Our process begins with innovative ideas and research drawn from our teammates and collaborators. The most promising technologies are then selected for further development to transform them into products and businesses. The next phase is developing and integrating promising ideas into everyday clinical practice.

If you have an idea you would like to discuss with our Innovation Center team, please complete the Idea Submission form and send it to The Innovation Center team will evaluate all submissions to determine feasibility and market potential. If your idea is selected, the team will put together a development plan. To learn about our commercialization process, click here.

Innovation Center Team

Andrea H. Marshall, JD
Andrea H. Marshall, JD
is the Director of the Innovation Center at the Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute (CBRI) at Roper St. Francis. Prior to joining CBRI, Ms. Marshall served as Executive Administrator of Charleston Angel Partners LLC, South Carolina’s oldest and most profitable organized angel investment group.  In that role, she managed all aspects of diligence and investment for several significant investments in the biotech sector.  She also serves as the MUSC nominee to the board of directors of SCLaunch, an economic development agency which supports South Carolina's Knowledge Economy. Her background as an attorney in the area of corporate law, securities, and mergers & acquisitions includes practicing with Holland & Knight LLP in New York City, one of the nation’s largest law firms. Ms. Marshall received her law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. 

Krista Herndon
Krista Herndon
is the Idea Extractor / Project Manager at the Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute (CBRI). In this role, she reviews innovation projects from a variety of sources, including an Innovation Outreach Program designed to scout projects that originate from within the Roper St. Francis system.  She also works on selected collaborations with outside inventors to identify promising technology development opportunities to improve patient care. She brings a background from the commercial sector developing and manufacturing medical devices for C.R. Bard, Inc, as well as experience with the defense industry with Force Protection Industries, a global leader in ballistic protected armored vehicles and survivability solutions. Ms. Herndon received her master’s degree in business administration from Georgia Southern University and her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of Charleston. She is also a registered patent agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

What is Innovation?

We define “innovation” as the process of implementing new ideas to create value for an organization. This may mean creating a new service, product, or process or enhancing existing ones. Innovation can also take the form of discontinuing an inefficient or out-of-date service, system or process. At CBRI, our innovation efforts are focused on improving patient care.

The CBRI Innovation Center focus areas include:

  • Commercialization of new devices or methods created by employees/collaborators/peers
  • Serving as an entry portal for small startups to access and navigate the broader healthcare system
  • Consulting with departments in the organization to help discover new approaches to solving difficult problems
  • Creating a culture of innovation across the whole organization

Our projects come to us through four channels:

  • Ideas submitted by Roper St. Francis doctors, nurses and teammates
  • Innovation Center outreach –  connect with RSF doctors, nurses and teammates
  • Ideas submitted by collaborators/partners
  • Collaboration on mature projects with external sources

As part of our outreach program, our center’s Idea Extractor meets regularly with RSF medical professionals to discuss and identify needs they glean from working with patients. Our goal is to give doctors and staff tools to help them become creators of new technology as well as users of it. The Innovation Center also evaluates ideas and promising research that could be turned into viable businesses, including seeking seed funds to cover prototypes and other start-up expenses.

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