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Partners HealthCare, whose properties include Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is stepping up efforts to commercialize research done at its labs and hospitals. Its latest tactic, reports The Boston Globe, is  to offer as much as $1 million in grants (up to $100,000 each) for employees “who come up with promising ideas for new drugs, devices and other inventions that have the potential to improve patient care.”

“The grants are open not just to researchers, but to anyone in Partners’ workforce of 64,000 who has a good idea. The small sum is intended to help early-stage ideas get off the ground,” the paper reported.

“This funding is aimed at making an even stronger connection between the innovative ideas within our healthcare system and Boston’s biotech and life-sciences industry, which can bring those ideas to life,” Anne Klibanski, M.D., chief academic officer, said.

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