A strategic plan is provided that fits the client's business plan, anticipates or creates the intellectual property strategy, addresses competitive technology and meets the client's immediate business needs while maintaining the essential intellectual creativity of the client's staff.
This service is most valuable to new and small enterprises that do not yet have a full time technical executive staff, but that still require a strategy to develop their technology. Of particular value to these clients, the plan will explicitly recognize and encourage existing or proposed academic input, while bringing an applied, industrial focus to the technical program.
As the client requires, the technical plan proceeds from a high-level summary, through specific proof-of-principle and critical-path tasks, down to bench-level experiments. The plan covers appropriate phasing and timelines for the work, with defined technical milestones, evaluation and decision points, and timings for presentations and patent filings. Requests-for-Proposal are written and contract services for process scale-up with third parties arranged.
With the client, specific details for the presentation of the technical plan at a Board level or to investors can be prepared. For established organizations, D&A can provide the strategic plan to create and build new technology groups, including the organizational structure that best supports the technical work that is anticipated. D&A takes on the role of external advocate to introduce and champion new paradigms in existing organizations, and has the experience to integrate them into the client's existing corporate structure.