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Innovative Products Research & Services, Inc.
a 501(c)(3) non profit organization based in Massachusetts
Putting Creativity to Good Use
History and Management of IPRS
IPRS was incorporated in 1988 as a non-profit corporation in Massachusetts as an outgrowth of the founders' involvement in inventor organizations and support activities. In talking with many inventors it was found nearly all shared a common frustration - the large amount of resources required to take an invention from concept to commercial success. There often was a gap for at least $50,000 in services required even for licensing a new invention. These resources were required for legal expenses to secure patent, trademark and related rights, design services to develop and test prototypes, manufacturing services to produce samples, marketing services to evaluate and develop marketing programs, and in the case of consumer products, packaging design and production services. Obtaining the services of experienced and reliable people to assist in carrying the invention through the various stages of development can be an expensive and daunting process. Negotiating a licensing agreement is another challenging task requiring expert legal counsel and negotiation skills. As a result of this resource requirement, most inventions, even those patented, do not achieve commercial success. This is one of the problems that we sought to address. We subsequently obtained two grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to carry out two studies and publish our findings. More details can be found by pressing the Education button above.
The President of IPRS has been involved in disabilities issues for many years especially as it relates to automation of communication aids for the blind and visually impaired. A bibliography and guide was developed to assist people in organizations who are charged with implementing the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
More recently, the focus of IPRS has been on furthering our understanding of the role and mechanisms for mineral metabolism and disease. The mineral of special interest is magnesium since it is critical to so many biological reactions; yet, it is often ignored in clinical testing and nutritional advisories. IPRS's role is one of leading in research, methods development, advocacy and clinical implementation. See the home page for the Mg Project or Health Initiatives for more details.
Our founders and directors include:
Dr. Donald D. Job, President and Treasurer of IPRS is a President Emeritus of the Inventors Association of New England, a past president of a national inventors group, United Inventors of America (UIA), an inventor, and an invention development consultant. Dr. Job has a background in health care products and information technology. He is also a past chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers New England Robotics Chapter. For selected publications and presentations by Dr. Job see the following: Publications/Materials.
Mr. Harry King is graduate of Harvard College and a business executive and entrepreneur who has been involved in a number of ventures including business brokerage, recycled tire technology and health products. He is a founder of AgeWiz, a web-based services organization targeting senior citizens and of The Endothelium Association of NH.
Mr. Carl Hardy is a product and industrial designer having degrees from Massachusetts College of Art and Northeastern University. Much of his later career was spent working for major shoe manufacturers, having design and manufacturing oversight responsibilities. Prior to that he provided industrial design services for a variety of clients including independent inventors. Mr. Hardy is also a past president of the Inventors Association of New England that meets regularly at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ms. Donna Ryalls is a graduate of Johnson State College with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career in the Vermont Public School System and subsequently moved to Massachusetts where she served in the public school system as teacher in elementary classes, in learning disabilities classes and remedial reading classes. She then took a position with Community Teamwork Inc. as a pre-school teacher in the Head Start program for 21 years retiring in 2011. Ms. Ryalls joined the board in 2014 and presently serves as Clerk of the corporation.
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