Health Innovations

The Health Innovations research group is dedicated to studying health innovation along the entire pathway from the idea stage through to use in society. The group espouses an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the scientific, technical, environmental, organizational and commercial challenges involved. Innovations are realized in a complex system involving interactions between a range of different actors who are dependent on institutions, resources and knowledge. Thus we also study how policies, funding, knowledge production and development influence the innovation process.

Education related to innovation is carried out at the Unit of Bioentrepreneurship.

Research group

Pauline Mattsson, Senior researcher

Patrik Hidefjäll, Senior researcher

Katarina Nordqvist, Affiliated Associate professor

Francesca Bignami, PhD candidate

Research projects

Research for the benefit of mankind: Lessons learned from Nobel Prizes in Medicine

This project aims at creating new knowledge about actors, factors and mechanisms that affect the process of bringing excellent research discoveries into use and benefit for society, using the Nobel Prize discoveries in medicine from the past thirty-five years as a case study. The goal is to further develop the understanding of the innovation process that begins with excellent research. To investigate the diffusion of excellent research into innovations, multiple methods and data sources are used. Quantitative methods include bibliometrics and the analysis of patent and social networks. Qualitative methods include investigations of archives and biographies, together with interviews and surveys.

Project participants: Pauline Mattsson and Katarina Nordqvist

Funding source: Swedish Research Council (VR) 2012-2015

Open innovation in the collaboration between industry and university

By focusing on collaborations between academia and industry the aim of this project is to improve existing and create new knowledge about how the open innovation paradigm influences the ability of  life science companies’ to innovate. More specifically, we aim to study the evolution and characteristics of early stage research collaborations followed by the knowledge exchange by analysing co-publications and the intellectual property portfolio of companies. In addition, we will use a qualitative approach to be able to understand the motivations for and type of collaborations.

Project participants: Pauline Mattsson and Francesca Bignami

Funding source: Ragnar Söderberg stiftelse 2013-2016

Impact of the healthcare innovation system on the development and diffusion of innovations

The purpose of the study is to develop empirical knowledge of how the healthcare innovation system selects and develops innovations by studying both commercialized and aborted innovations and how that influences the development of selected medical device sectors. Based on the study of the innovation system's impact on these innovations, the system innovation approach will be further developed theoretically and conceptually. A special focus will be on its conceptual adjustment to the special conditions of healthcare and medical device industry. The study is limited to the Swedish setting and IT-based medical device innovations.

Project participants: Pauline Mattsson and Patrik Hidefjäll

Funding source: Torsten Söderbergs stiftelse 2013-2016

Research Collaborators

Nobel Museum

Unit of Bioentrepreneurship

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