Use your professional skills and creativity in interdisciplinary teams close to practice.
You will attend a full-time programme consisting of a bootcamp and a three-step process containing clinical immersion, creative skills and commercial skills development. The programme is completed when you submit the fellowship report at the end of the course. During the different phases, you will receive feedback from experts, people in key knowledge positions and various stakeholders.
The Boot Camp (Foundational Knowledge)
During the boot camp you are taught and trained in health ethnography tools in order to be able to conduct observations in a critical and objective manner. During the bootcamp you will be part of an interdisciplinary team.
Healthcare staff from the clinical departments in which your team will be immersed will introduce various medical aspects including state-of-the-art technologies, patient care and examination procedures relevant to the clinical field in focus.
(The bootcamp lasts for 4 weeks)
During an eight-week immersion period on a clinical ward, your team will carefully observe the different functions and activities of the daily routine in order to identify any problem encountered by the personnel or patients. During the immersion period, you make individual arrangements with the clinical staff to shadow the work on the ward by either following one of the staff members, a patient or a specific procedure, examination, operation or consultation.
During the immersion you and your fellow mates identify and log hundreds of clinical needs and dive deeper into four lead needs with the highest potential-value for the next phase. You have to expect some travel time to the collaborating hospitals.
(Clinical immersion lasts for 12 weeks)
During this phase the focus is on creating and validating different solution concepts to the four lead needs. Through repetitive ideation sessions, you and your fellow mates will generate at least 20 ideas to solve the five lead needs. Ideation, pretotyping, user involvement and the search for available technologies will force you to find a compatible match between needs and technological feasibility. During this phase the seeds for future collaborations between the entrepreneurs and the clinic are sown.
(Creative skills lasts for 10 weeks)
Together with your team you will select one lead concept and then the initial prototyping begins. Each team develops a business-model based on listing, testing and validating preliminary assumptions on key business aspects. The assumptions are supplemented with research on patenting, drafting design of clinical tests, draft of regulatory approval document and, not least, the gathering of data and insights to formulate a clinical implementation strategy.
Each team will end up generating a single validated solution concept to solve a documented clinical need. Together with your team you will provide an early prototype with complementary validated business model and an execution plan.
(Commercial skills lasts for 14 weeks)
The end product for your team will be a single validated solution concept to solve a documented clinical need. You will submit a written report on the final need and product resolution, business model description, patent landscape analysis and patent strategy, a draft research study design and a draft regulatory approval strategy.
A physical prototype or product concept artifact should also be produced.
You will graduate at an open access presentation.