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Oxford Biodesign Short Programme 2017-18

Oxford Biodesign Short Programme - Applications now open for 2017-18!

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The Oxford Biodesign short programme provides an introduction to the Biodesign Process – a systematic and proven approach to unmet clinical needs finding and the creative design of new biomedical technologies that take into account the important stakeholders of current healthcare settings, with a particular focus on digital health.  The aim of the programme is to provide entrepreneurial participants with the skills needed to become a medical innovator through hands-on learning in digital health innovation; through feedback from world-leading innovators; and by providing guidance on how to anticipate potential hurdles early on in the innovation process, in order to maximize the chances of entrepreneurial success in the digital health space. Understanding the importance of a well-crafted medical needs statement and interdisciplinary collaboration between medicine, engineering and business is at the core of the programme.

The programme is developed and run by faculty members within the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, in collaboration with the George Institute for Global Health, and the Said Business School. The programme will run for the third year during the 2017-2018 academic year, starting in Hilary Term 2018 and finishing in Trinity Term 2018 (the spring and summer terms of the Oxford academic year). Classes will be held between 4.00pm-6.00pm on Tuesday evenings, at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.

Term dates: for Hilary Term, classes will start on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 (Week 1) and will end on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 (Week 8); for Trinity Term, classes will start on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 (Week 1) and will end on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 (Week 8).

Schedule for Hilary Term, Weeks 1-8:

  • Why is a well-characterised need statement the key to successful innovation?
  • How do you efficiently assess existing solutions and important stakeholders?
  • How do you perform a market analysis for a particular need?
  • Worktime & feedback on the team-projects
  • How do you design innovative solutions? 
  • What is the importance of Intellectual Property for the innovator? Everything you need to know about regulatory bodies.
  • How does an innovator objectively selects the concept that best addresses the need?

Schedule for Trinity Term, Weeks 1-8:

  • Which business model is appropriate to bring your concept into practice?
  • How do you file your own patent?
  • How do you validate the effectiveness of your solution?
  • How do you commercialize a solution?
  • Worktime & feedback on current status of the team-projects
  • How do you successfully pitch your idea to raise money?
  • Case-stories: challenges to founding a company
  • Final project presentations by students with feedback from an external panel

How to apply: We invite applications from postgraduate research students, postdoctoral researchers and clinicians to join the programme. Individuals with a background in medicine, biosciences, engineering, computer science, product design, or business are encouraged to apply and will be put into complementary teams. You will need to commit to complete the full programme. This will require you to attend weekly sessions held at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (Old Road Campus Research Building, Headington, Oxford) Tuesdays, 4.00pm-6.00pm, weeks 1-8 of Hilary Term and Trinity Term 2018, and to complete project work between sessions.

To apply, please email Ms Jo Armitage the following:

  • a CV;
  • a covering letter which explains why you wish to participate in the programme and how you see yourself  developing into a leader in the digital health space;
  • the email contact details of two referees.

The application deadline is 5.00pm, Monday 4 December 2017.


For further details on the full Oxford Biodesign Programme, please visit the website.