Outline of Fellowship Training Programme

The aim of the fellowship program is to provide entrepreneurial participants the skills needed as a medical innovator through hands-on learning in digital health innovation through feedback from world-leading innovators, and guidance on anticipating all 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 need statement and interdisciplinary collaboration between medicine, engineering and business is at the core of the programme.

The particular focus of the Oxford Biodesign fellowship is on digital health or connected health innovation. The emerging field of digital health offers the potential to transform healthcare, from enabling consumers to become in charge of their own health to creating integrated ways of care for chronic conditions outside a highly specialised hospital setting. Yet there are significant barriers to the adoption of such technologies, including a lack of evidence of their impact on cost and outcomes and a lack of collaboration between clinicians and technologists in product development. In order to address this, we train the future leaders in inter-disciplinary research and innovation, as well as to contribute to questions of implementation and scale-up of digital health technology. Coaching from and interaction with leaders in different sectors of the medical innovation space will inspire the fellows.

Boot Camp

The fellowship begins end of September with an intense "boot camp" experience, where the fellows will be immersed in the clinical focus area for the year and get familiar with the biodesign innovation process through an accelerated “mini-project” and interactive sessions with digital health experts.

Needs Finding

During the needs finding, the fellows will observe daily clinical practice by shadowing physicians and interviewing patients. They will be able to ask questions around delivery of care or medical expertise and clinicians are excited to answer. These observations are conducted at NHS Primary Care Facilities in and around Oxford, as well as other traditional and non-traditional care venues relevant to the clinical focus area. The goal is to identify hundreds of important unmet clinical needs facing healthcare providers, patients, and other stakeholders in the field.

Needs Screening

The next step is to to determine which of the identified needs represent the most compelling business opportunities. Through research around market potential, current treatment landscape or potential patient impact and interviews with a broad range of stakeholders, the team will select only the most promising needs to be taken forward.

Concept Generation

Guided by design experts and based on the principles of user-centred design, the fellows will brainstorm a range of innovative solutions for the remaining needs.

Concept Screening

Taken into account the findings of research related to intellectual property, regulation, payment pathways, and business models that would impact the different solutions, the best concepts will be selected in an objective way out of all the possible solution ideas. Based on the principles of fast and effective prototyping, also the validity of potential solutions will be assessed and will give the fellows the opportunity to iterate the design of the solutions. Ultimately, only one or two needs and the best accompanying solutions will remain for implementation.

"Externship" Opportunity

An opportunity is given to the fellows to explore a particular aspect of the digital health sector through a short-term internship with a local incubator, start-up company, design firm, investment firm, major medtech corporation, or academic clinical trial center.

Strategy Development and Business Planning

In this final stage, the fellows further de-risk their technology through rigorous testing and validation and develop full business and implementation plan that include concrete IP, regulatory, clinical, quality, and reimbursement strategies. Background in funding opportunities and guidance in pitching for funding will maximize the chances of the teams to create a new spin-out company.

Final Presentations and Graduation

Presenting the final outcome of the project to an expert panel of industry and clinical leaders will provide first class feedback to the fellows, and an opportunity will be given to the best project to benefit from further support during an incubation period in the Bioescalator.

Programme

  1. Our Mission
  2. Identify
  3. Invent
  4. Incubate
  5. Short Programme
  6. Resources
  7. GaitThaw Project Wins Prize at the EIT Health UK-Ireland Competition

People

  1. Directors
  2. Fellows
  3. Steering Committee

Partners

  1. Contributors
  2. Supporters

BioEscalator

  1. About Oxford BioEscalator

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Outline of Fellowship Training Programme

The aim of the fellowship program is to provide entrepreneurial participants the skills needed as a medical innovator through hands-on learning in digital health innovation through feedback from world-leading innovators, and guidance on anticipating all 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 need statement and interdisciplinary collaboration between medicine, engineering and business is at the core of the programme.

The particular focus of the Oxford Biodesign fellowship is on digital health or connected health innovation. The emerging field of digital health offers the potential to transform healthcare, from enabling consumers to become in charge of their own health to creating integrated ways of care for chronic conditions outside a highly specialised hospital setting. Yet there are significant barriers to the adoption of such technologies, including a lack of evidence of their impact on cost and outcomes and a lack of collaboration between clinicians and technologists in product development. In order to address this, we train the future leaders in inter-disciplinary research and innovation, as well as to contribute to questions of implementation and scale-up of digital health technology. Coaching from and interaction with leaders in different sectors of the medical innovation space will inspire the fellows.