School of health innovation

The School of health innovation provides the two courses “Health innovation and entrepreneurship” and “Entrepreneurship in health care”. The programme is an initiative from the University of Oslo, in partnership with NTNU and Karolinska Institutet and in collaboration with the University of Bergen and the University of Tromsø. The School of Health Innovation is a Scandinavian programme open to PhD candidates and postdoctors from medical faculties at the collaborating institutions. After completing the first course “Health innovation and entrepreneurship”, eligible and qualified applicants may apply for the next level course “Entrepreneurship in healthcare.” 

94% of students say the course has been relevant for their future career options. A few quotes from our students:

We learned a lot about teamwork, developing products, developing ideas and how to protect your ideas. That’s biggest “take home”, how to work outside the scientific mindset, says Joao Pedro Mauricio Rosa from Karolinska Institutet

I think the most important thing is activities that challenge you to think differently.  Even though you start off with some knowledge, you’ll be forced to use it in new ways and under time pressure. PhD from NTNU

Highly valuable course for every scientist! Even for people who plan to stay in academia this course provides a perspective one can otherwise not learn in regular university courses.

Course 1: Health innovation and entrepreneurship

Learn how to commercialize research or ideas into business ventures and how to innovate services in a clinical setting. The course is organized in three modules with separate dates and venues. Learn how to turn research results and ideas into business ventures and how to create innovative services in a clinical setting. The course will equip medical, healthcare and life science researchers with tools and knowledge to innovate services for patients, create companies based on their research ideas, or bring their research ideas into existing companies. You will meet with and learn from leaders in academia, hospitals and healthcare companies. A core part of the course is case-based work where the cases are developed in collaboration between the universities and companies. In addition, the participants will identify and develop potentially commercializable ideas from their own research environment. The teaching language throughout the course is English. Next course occasion is in the spring 2019, exact dates will be announced as soon as possible.

Course syllabus

The modules

Module 1, Oslo: 6-8 February 2019 (starts at 11:00 on day 1, ends at 15:30 on day 3)

Module 2, Trondheim: 27-29 March 2019 (starts at 12:00 on day 1, ends at 13:00 on day 3)

Module 3, Stockholm:  24-26 April 2019 (starts at 10.30 (registration from 10:00) on day 1, ends at 15:00 on day 3)

Admission

You need to be currently registered as a PhD or Postdoc at Karolinska Institutet and that your contract will not end before the end of the school (May 1, 2019). 

Application

Apply here

Course 2: Entrepreneurship in healthcare

Learn how to develop a research idea into a new company from experienced entrepreneurs, life science executives and academics. As a student at "Entrepreneurship in healthcare" you will experience Scandinavia's most advanced support systems for healthcare entrepreneurs. Furthermore you will receive basic training in entrepreneurship and how to write a business plan from either Copenhagen Business School or a Norwegian academic institution in Oslo. 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. 

Course syllabus

Choose between two tracks

You will firstly learn the basic skills of entrepreneurship with the combined support from CBS (Copenhagen Business School) or a Norwegian academic institution in Oslo. Then you will start as a mentee in a biotech, pharma, health incubator or MedTech company. Your assigned mentor will teach you the basic skills of how to take a business idea into an investable start up. There are two different tracks offered. Please indicate your interest in your application for which track you are most interested in. The tracks are: 

Track 1: Mentorship in companies in collaboration with CBS in Copenhagen (Bio entrepreneurship)

You can either bring your own project idea that you believe may be commercialized, or you will be given a project idea from the mentor organization.  At the CBS track you will work as a group, and develop a business plan as a group. This track requires up to 7 days of participation in classes at CBS in Copenhagen and approximately 1 full week of mentorship from your business mentor.  You and your mentor will decide when and where to meet for the mentorship. 

Track 2: Mentorship in companies in collaboration with a Norwegian academic institution (General entrepreneurship)

You can either bring your own project idea that you believe may be commercialized, or you will be given a project idea from the mentor organization.  You will use this project idea as the basis for developing a business plan. This track requires 5 days of participation in classes in Oslo and approximately 1 full week of mentorship from your business mentor.  You and your mentor will decide when and where to meet for the mentorship. 

Mentor companies

Some of the mentor companies and incubators supporting the programme: 

Practical issues

There is no course fee, and accommodation is booked and covered by HIS for the duration of the course (not the night before or after). Participants who want to stay longer have to book and cover this themselves.

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

Collaborations

The course is a Norwegian/Swedish enterprise developed in partnership between:

The University of Oslo (UiO)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm
The healthcare business clusters Nansen Neuroscience Network

It is developed in collaboration with:

The University of Bergen (UiB)
The University of Tromsø (UiT)
Oslo Cancer Cluster and Norway healthtech
UiO:Life Science
The Research Council of Norway
South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority

Contact

Project manager

Samer Yammine

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 852 01
Organizational unit: Unit for bioentrepreneurship (UBE)
E-mail: samer.yammine@ki.se

Other courses in entrepreneurship and innovation
If you do not want to leave Stockholm, a variety of courses in entrepreneurship and innovation are offered by the Unit for bioentrepreneurship at KI. This spring three new, only one week long, courses in entrepreneurship will be offered. "Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in research" begins with the discovery and identification of intellectual assets in the daily work. Then introduce relevant business tools in order to develop a business idea related to one's own research. Finally, package an already developed business idea for introduction into the start-up world. 
Courses at the Unit for bioentrepreneurship
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