MD Start

Frequently asked questions

What is personal information?

Personal information is information relating to you that we can use to specifically identify you, such as your name, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth, address, social security number or other national identifier. Note: Some kinds of personal information are sensitive information.

What is sensitive information?

Some types of personal information are sensitive information. Sensitive information is personal information revealing or relating to your health (such as your device serial number, or the date of an implant), your racial or ethnic origin, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, political affiliation, or trade union membership.

Does MD Start ever share personal information with third parties?

MD Start will not share your personal information with an unrelated third party without your permission, except as otherwise provided in MD Start Privacy Policy.

What about the security of personal information?

We use reasonable physical, administrative, and technical safeguards to protect your personal information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. We also restrict access to your personal information to those employees and contractors who need to know that information to do their jobs. You should keep in mind that no Internet transmission is ever 100% secure or error-free. In particular, e-mail sent to or from us may not be secure, and you should therefore take special care in deciding what information you send to us via e-mail.

What if I am interested in submitting my idea but I am not European-based?

MD Start operates worldwide and you do not need to be based in Europe to submit your idea. MD Start will handle ideas from any geographical location in the same way.

Why is the idea submission process non-confidential?

Our aim is to have an efficient and mutually beneficial screening process for new inventions. In order to ensure we can review submissions in a timely way, we ask that you start out by sharing just some basic, high level information about your Idea. If we need to know more about your idea to evaluate it further, we will contact you, and if appropriate, ask you to enter into a confidential non-disclosure contract where you can share more of the details of your project.

I am the inventor, but my institution's technology transfer office is typically the one dealing with companies. Can I still submit my idea?

This will depend on your status with respect to your company or institution, as your ideas may in fact belong to that company or institution. You should review your contract with that company or institution or any applicable regulation (in the case of an institution) to determine the status of your inventions. You should only submit information to us when you are confident that you have the ownership of your ideas or if you obtained clearance from your company or institution.

I have not yet submitted a patent application for my idea. Will I still be able to do that if I submit my idea, or related information, to MD Start?

In this context you need to be careful to provide information that does not encompass a description of your idea or invention. For instance, you should limit your description to the field and/or the context, so as to allow proper screening by MD Start without actually describing the idea and invention. Bear in mind that the disclosure of your invention to MD Start in a non-confidential way could prevent it from being patented. Submission of your information to MD Start does not imply the transfer of any rights to MD Start that are retained by you for possible future patenting.

If MD Start contacts me for more information including an offer to progress to a confidential submission, what happens if the final decision is not to pursue my idea?

If you have signed a confidentiality agreement with MD Start, we will keep your idea confidential as per the legal agreement terms and conditions.

How long will it take for MD Start to evaluate my submission?

Normally, you should receive a first evaluation within one month.

How to contact MD Start?

Our contact information is:

Sofinnova MD Start III
7-11 bd Haussmann
75009 Paris

We recommend you to use our general inquiry form