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Oxford Biodesign Short Programme

The Oxford Biodesign Short Programme Hilary and Trinity Terms 2016/17

Oxford Biodesign logoInterested in healthcare technologies, clinical translation, technology commercialisation, and entrepreneurship?  Interested in learning the skills needed as a medical innovator from experts in the field and through real hands-on experience?

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering, in collaboration with the George Institute for Global Health, is running a second short programme on healthcare technology entrepreneurship in the 2016-17 academic year.

Broadly based on the successful Stanford University Biodesign program (with whom we are working), the Oxford Biodesign short programme aims to provide a short introduction to the Biodesign Process – a systematic and proven approach to clinical needs finding and creatively inventing new biomedical technologies that take into account the important stakeholders of current healthcare settings.

Rather than providing a theoretical lecture series, the Oxford Biodesign short programme will be delivered by an interactive hands-on approach to provide participants with experience of the wide spectrum of skills needed as a medical innovator: from analyzing important unmet medical needs and designing and IP protecting innovative solutions that address these needs, to preparing how to bring solutions into patient care through the most appropriate implementation channels (start-up, corporate, or a licensing deal).

The particular focus of the Oxford Biodesign programme this year will be on digital health or connected health innovation. The emerging field of digital health offers a wide range of opportunities, from delivering healthcare outside a highly specialised hospital setting, to enabling consumers to become in charge of their own health through solutions for prevention rather than acute care, to creating integrated ways of care for chronic conditions and technology that supports the ageing population.

Participants will gain biodesign experience by firstly understanding in depth the importance of a well-crafted medical need statement that takes into account the complex stakeholder landscape. You will then work as part of a small inter-disciplinary team to design a number of bioengineering and digital solutions for a medical problem. The solution with the largest potential for successful commercialization will be objectively assessed. Interdisciplinary collaboration between medicine, engineering and business is at the core of the programme.

No matter if you envision a career in a medtech corporation or a start-up or you envision bringing your current research project into clinical practice, the Oxford Biodesign short programme will offer you a unique experience through first-hand interaction with different stakeholders of the medtech landscape (medical experts, IP lawyers, technology efficacy evaluators, venture capitalists, …).

Schedule for HT 2017 Weeks 1-8:

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

Schedule for TT 2017 Weeks 1-8:

  1. Which business model is appropriate to bring your concept into practice?
  2. How do you file your own patent?
  3. How do you validate the effectiveness of your solution?
  4. How do you commercialize a solution?
  5. Worktime & feedback on current status of the team-projects
  6. How do you successfully pitch your idea to raise money?
  7. Case-stories: challenges to founding a company
  8. 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 together 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) Tuesdays, 4-6pm, weeks 1-8 each term, and to complete project work between sessions.  To apply, please send a CV and covering letter which explains why you want to participate in the programme and how you see yourself  developing into a leader in the digital health space, and the email contact details for two references, to the Programme Administrator, Ms Jo Armitage Application deadline: 5pm, Monday 5 December 2016. Interviews will be held on Friday, 9 December 2016.


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