The three main components of the Innovation Programme are:
- Project work
Six interactive workshops delivered by our partners give an overview of the MedTech field and connect our students with each other.
Workshop 1 – Unveiling Clinical Problems
Clinicians from Cambridge University Hospitals present real clinical problems that they face in their medical work. This is followed by an informal Q&A and networking session, in which the IP participants can familiarise themselves with the different problems, meet their potential clinical mentors and get to know each other. Students will choose a project after the first workshop.
Workshops 2 – Concept Generation
Delivered by Clinical Engineering Innovation at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, this session is an introduction to medical device development and how to generate a concept for a medical device. Medical device regulations and the design process are likewise covered.
Workshops 3 – Opportunity Evaluation & Teamwork
Andrew Hatcher from the Entrepreneurship Centre at the Judge Business School will introduce the steps of creating value and the essence of formulating a value proposition. We will cover how to evaluate a market as well as the key features of effective teamwork.
Workshops 4 – Business Model Canvas
The Entrepreneurship Centre at the Judge Business School will introduce to an important strategic management and business tool, the Business Model Canvas. The workshop also aims at helping students to visualise, discuss, describe and re-invent the building blocks of their business case.
Workshops 5 – From Concept to Product
Team Consulting will answer the question: What comes after a concept for a new medical device? We will cover the next steps in product development and look at successful examples to learn what it takes to bring a medical device on the market.
Workshops 6 – Pitching
“Pitching is a decathlon”, explains Simon Hall, a tutor, broadcaster and author. He also highlights why successful pitching is more than storytelling, knowing your audience, body language and soundbites.
During the course of the programme, you will choose one clinical problem to work on with your interdisciplinary team. As part of your project, you are expected to develop a concept for a medical device and pitch your project at a final pitch event.
- Executive Summary: A short summary about the problem you worked on, your solution and any further required work
- Pitch presentation: A short pitch to a panel of experts at the end of the programme
Teams present their ideas to a panel of experts drawn from industry, academia and clinical practice. All teams will have opportunity to receive feedback on their work and celebrate the end of the programme together.
Each project team will be receive mentoring in four areas:
- Clinical mentoring by clinicians at Cambridge University Hospitals
- Technical mentoring by Clinical Engineering Innovation at Addenbrooke’s hospital
- Business mentoring by experts from startcodon
- Team mentoring by our committee members
We just completed the Innovation Programme 2020/21 and are now preparing for the next round, starting Michaelmas 2021. You can register interested in the next programme via the form below.