Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship

School of Health Innovation

The aim of this course is to equip the healthcare and life science researchers with tools and knowledge to innovate services for patients, create new companies with their research ideas, or bring their research ideas and talent into existing companies. 

The complete offer encompasses two courses.

Course 1 - Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Learn how to commercialise research or ideas into business ventures and how to innovate services in a clinical setting. The course takes place at the three cooperating locations.

Full description below.

Course 2 - Entrepreneurship in Healthcare

An opportunity to focus and gain experience from practical work, combining real cases from healthcare companies and mentorship with the aim of further developing your research idea into commercialisation or a new service for patients in a clinical setting.

Course 2 - Entrepreneurship in Healthcare

Learn how to develop a research idea into a new company and how to develop a business plan. Your teachers and mentors are either experienced life science entrepreneurs or business development executives. 

As a student at "Entrepreneurship in healthcare" you will experience Scandinavia´s most advanced support systems for healthcare entrepreneurs.

The overall aim of this course is that you as a researcher or clinician will learn from experienced life science entrepreneurs or business development executives how to develop a research idea into business and to develop a business plan.

"Entrepreneurship in healthcare" is a part of The School of Health Innovation (HIS). HIS is a collaborative initiative from University of Oslo, NTNU, and Karolinska Institutet. The school is developed in collaboration with Nansen Neuroscience Network and Copenhagen Business School. It is supported by Norwegian Research Council.

Three tracks

There are three different tracks offered: Please indicate your interest in your application for which track you are most interested in.  

The tracks are: 

1)  Mentorship in companies - Bring your own idea for innovation

You will get the chance to combine the best academic life science competence at Copenhagen Business School, Karolinska Institutet, NTNU and University of Oslo with practical support from your own mentor in a biotech, medtech or pharma company. The program will enable you to develop your own research idea into a new company, or attract partnership from an existing life science company for commercialising you idea.

2)  Mentorship in companies - Learn from experts in commercialising health care research 

If you don’t have your idea for innovation ready, you will learn from mentors in VC companies, biotech, medtech or pharma how they evaluate innovations and companies for potential investments. This knowledge will set you apart from you peers in the basic or translational research labs or your fellow clinicians.

3)  Bio-entrepreneurship - Copenhagen Business School (CBS) 

The offer from CBS has two components: 

  • Hands‐on experience of bio‐entrepreneurship obtained from following part of the Bio‐Entrepreneurship project course at CBS. Please note: The participants should have availability to follow the program onsite in Copenhagen on 6-8 Wednesdays or more during September, October, November 2017.  
  • Tailor‐made guidance and mentoring offered specifically to School of Health Innovation participants. 

Mentor companies

Some of the mentor companies signed up for track 1 and 2: 


The exam will consist of two parts: 

  • Development of a business plan for a research idea that may be commercialised. This idea may be generated from your own research, or given to you from your mentor organisation or work group. The business plan should be minimum 10 pages. 
  • Reflection of own learning outcomes from course/mentorship program and how this potentially may be helpful in your own career. 3-4 pages. 

The course gives 5 ECTS.


Prerequisite for entry:

  • Successful participation in School of Health Innovation course 1 or acceptance by admittance committee.
  • PhD-program in life science, phd graduate life science, post-doc program in life science or clinician.

Time and place

Time period: 1st of September - 15th of December 2017.

The program will start with a physical kick off meeting in Oslo and finish with a wrap up session in Stockholm.

The kick off meeting in Oslo will be September 11, 2017. 

We will update with information about time and place for the wrap up session shortly.

Applicants should calculate using between six and eight days in total on course 2, including the gatherings in Oslo and Stockholm (the "kick off" and "wrap up").

Application for Course 2

Application deadline: 

Please note that the course has two different application deadlines:

Application deadline track 3 - June 15th
Application deadline track 1 and 2 - June 30th 

By sending this application, you commit to attend all classes and engage in all preparatory activities, and Mentorship sessions during the course

Applicants for the programme will be notified by email approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

Do you have any questions? Please contact Bjarte Reve:

Course 1 - Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The aim of this course is to equip the healthcare and life science researchers with tools and knowledge to innovate services for patients, create new companies with their research ideas, or bring their research ideas and talent into existing companies. 

The course is part of the School of Health innovation, a Scandinavian program open for PhD candidates and postdocs from medical faculties at UIO, NTNU, Karolinska Institutet, University of Bergen, UiT and other potential partner institutions. Divided into three modules, starting in Oslo then Trondheim and concluding in Stockholm, the course will provide the participants with tools and knowledge from a variety of topics, ranging from intellectual assets, patenting, financing, market analysis, business modelling and communication of business ideas. 

The School of Health Innovation will provide knowledge transfer and “know-how” from leaders in academia, hospitals and biotech companies. A core part of the program is case-based learning during which questions are developed in collaboration between the universities and companies. In addition, the participants will identify and develop ideas that may be commercialized from their own research environment.

Module 1 in Oslo Module 2 in Trondheim Module 3 in Stockholm
Welcome to Oslo and introduction to “case-based learning” Welcome to Trondheim and outline of the module, recap from Oslo Welcome to Stockholm and outline of the module, recap from Trondheim
Why innovate/utilise results from research? Group presentations of case 3 (initiated in Oslo)
 Group presentations of case (initiated in Trondheim)
How does research translate into business and new patient treatments? (Case 1) Introduction to next case and teamwork

Workshop: NABC and Persona

Is there a life outside the clinic? (Case 2) Intellectual property, how to protect an idea, patents and patent strategy Workshop: Minimal viable product
Why I left academia to become an entrepreneur? Financing, financing of startup, private investing and governmental soft funding

Workshop: Communication, visual and oral (the art of pitching)

Technology as the driver for innovation Value proposition, user needs and market Workshop: Lean canvas
Leadership skills for delivering quality services to patients Examples from medtech,     e-health, medical diagnostics etc

Final presentations of project ideas, poster exhibition and oral pitches

How does a research idea turn into a business opportunity? Examples on financing research based start-ups

What’s next: Presentation of idea and co-development

How can you build bridges between excellent research and patient needs? Introduction to the next module at KI  
How to finance the new healthcare business?    
Governmental funding support for health innovation    

Case presentations and study visit to Oslo University Hospital


Development of new procedures and treatment strategies for patients (Case 3)    

Date and venue for modules

Oslo: 14-16 February 2017. The venue is Holmen Fjordhotel in Asker close to Oslo. 

Trondheim: 29 March - 31 March 2017. The venue will be announced later.

Stockholm: 8 - 10 May 2017. The venue will be announced later. 

Learning Objectives- Course 1

After the course, a doctoral student shall be able to;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the opportunities of health innovation, and entrepreneurship for utilisation in research
  • Apply their scientific background together with new knowledge in health innovation to address challenges and develop services and products within a) clinical setting and b) biopharma/medtech setting c) SME setting
  • Identify “intellectual assets” and opportunities from own research projects
  • Use business and design tools for ideation and feasibility studies; to develop, prototype and test solutions to user needs
  • Develop a business plan based upon a research idea and communicate a business plan to people within the start-up world 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the Tech Transfer Office, and other innovation support actors, can support the commercialisation
  • Apply the basics in financing to a start-up from private and governmental funding bodies
  • Discuss and argue for different types of intellectual property and patent strategies,
  • Assess their skills in health-innovation, reflect on their utilisation of research, and the opportunities of combining being a scientist and a health innovator/entrepreneur. 

Assessment - Course 1

Attendance is requested for all participants. The course director assesses if and in that case how absence can be compensated.

Case solutions to all 3 case studies given at each location, in Oslo, Trondheim and Stockholm to be delivered orally with PPT slides.

Innovation project presented in the format of a “scientific poster” and an oral presentation to pitch your idea. The project/idea may be from your own research or developed during the course.

Learning reflection: Written individual report including a “road map” reflecting your main learning from the course and how you may utilize/apply this new learning in your current or future career. 

Application - Course 1

To be eligible to apply to the Research School in Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship you should: Be a registered PhD student or a post-doctoral fellow at a Swedish university within the field of medicine, chemistry, pharmacology or other equivalent or relevant areas. Be a registered PhD student or a post-doctoral fellow at a Swedish university within the field of medicine, chemistry, pharmacology or other equivalent or relevant areas.

You apply by sending the following by December 31, 2016:

  • CV
  • Short (maximum 1 page) description of your current research project
  • Motivational letter (1 page)

to Samer Yammine, Project Manager, PhD (contact details below)

Applicants for the programme will be notified by email approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

Written about the research school elsewhere

University of Oslo: "Scandinavia's first School of Health Innovation has opened"

The Huffington Post: "Mom, get your research out of your drawer”


Project manager

Samer Yammine

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 852 01
Organizational unit: Unit for bioentrepreneurship (UBE)

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