Innovation is a word that transcends science, engineering, business and health care. This word, innovation, has been used exhaustively over the last few years.
What is the personal cost to the individual scientist/writer proposing innovative ideas?
Innovation has the unique capability to forge interdisciplinary collaborations, which effectively dismantles the disciplinary walls hindering progress.
Innovators view walls as obstacles to be overcome.
Last week in our biochemistry lab, I was in sitting in the lunchroom kitchen with two other postdocs. One said,” All of the easy innovations have already been done.”
He continued, “Previously, scientists had it a lot easier than us. It was easy for them to develop new products and have scientific discoveries. However, today it is incredibly difficult to discover or be innovative.”
Since I was waiting for the water to heat for my coffee, I happily joined the discussion.
I asked whether the Wright Brothers had it easy. This quickly switched the conversation to the incredible odds these brothers overcame, along with the enormous risks that these pioneers took, in order to take flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.
Some of their predecessors died attempting to take flight. These two bicycle repairmen designed their flying instrument and successfully took flight. The Wright brothers were pioneers that forever changed the world, yet they lacked college degrees.
Should I remind us that they fixed bicycles for a living? There are always risks when one embarks on a path that is not common. I contend that, as both scientists and writers, we continue to embark on our innovative paths to discovery and share our findings with the world.
We are only beginning to scratch the surface of understanding the basic biochemical processes occurring in the cell. Innovative ideas from creative scientists determined to extract the truth from our physical world through rigorous experimentation can forever change the world and make it a better place to live for the next generation.
Let’s continue our research as scientists with a dogged determination to create innovation through experimentation. We are the hope for a brighter future. Let us not take our responsibility lightly.