ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Creating Novel Ideas in Health Care
Although there has been significant and large production of medical evidence in the past two decades, only a small fraction of research evidence has genuinely translated into viable products to the public. Also, clinicians often have great ideas to improve outcomes in healthcare, but their ideas never get tested. This program aims to address these critical gaps as to inspire participants to consider this challenging but rewarding pathway to becoming an entrepreneur in healthcare. This program will introduce the process of translation from academic research to treatments and products that may go to the market. In this process, we will discuss the main principles that include rigorous scientific testing, leading to business model strategies. The goal of this program is to inspire participants to optimize their ideas and projects, providing a framework that participants can use to design a blueprint to test and turn their ideas into products in healthcare. The program will promote active discussions between researchers, academic societies, industry partners, investors, and regulatory agencies to enhance learning in this critical field.
During the program, participants will develop an idea and plans for testing and the initial business plan for that idea. At the end of the program, participants will pitch this idea to the program faculty and invited leading experts in the industry as a real potential idea to be commercialized. The ultimate goal of this program is to get participants to understand the pathway for commercializing science and high technology truly.
Besides the faculty involved in the creation of the program who have extensive experience in how to design robust clinical trials to validate an idea, this program will also have invited speakers with extensive industry experience in this area of innovation in health care.
FELIPE FREGNI, MD, PHD, MPH, MED
Program co-founder and co-director
Prof, Fregni is a world-renowned scientist in the area of developing and testing novel medical devices to enhance neuroplasticity. He has more than 500 peer-reviewed published articles and currently is a Professor of PMR at Harvard Medical School and directs a large neuroscience laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. One of his aims is to inspire future scientists to develop novel treatments that are cost-effective in Medicine.
TIAGO LAZZARETTI, MD, PHD, MSC
Program co-founder and co-director
Dr. Tiago Lazzaretti Fernandes is a Collaborative Professor and orthopedic surgeon at the Sports Medicine Division at the University of São Paulo Medical School. He co-coordinates the Regenerative Tissue Engineering Core at Sírio-Libanês Hospital and seeks to develop these new technologies for clinical practice. Dr. Lazzaretti has finished his post-doctorate program with a research fellowship from Harvard Medical School and did his doctorate with a fellowship from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He collaborates with Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital and is a site director of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - ECPE - Principles and Practice of Clinical Research Program (PPCR).
MARCEL SIMIS, MD, MSC, PHD
Neuroscience Innovation Leader
Dr. Marcel Simis is a Neurologist and Neurophysiologist. As a neuroscientist, his research focus is on neuroplasticity and biomarkers. He works as a research collaborator at Spaulding Neuromodulation Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – Massachusetts General Hospital. Besides, he is the chief of the Neuromodulation laboratory at the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Institute of the University of São Paulo. Part of his goal in innovation is to help researchers develop relevant knowledge and translational skills to clinical practice.
PROGRAM MAIN SCHEDULE
Main Module Content
Introduction and Planning of the Program
Organization and educational goals of the program
Why, What and How (Presentation of Innovative Process and Final Pitch).
MODULE 1 - SCIENCE OF INNOVATION
The Neuroscience of Innovation
1. Is a creative mind different than a non-creative one?
2. How to enhance creativity?
3. Motivational systems and innovation
4. Stress and innovation
5. How to train individuals to be innovators?
MODULE 2 - THE IDEA
Developing the Idea
The Source of Ideas: how to come up with great ideas
Methods to Develop your Idea
Design Thinking / Sprint
Identifying the Problem / Challenge
Who is the final client?
Understanding Intellectual Property and Patent Process
MODULE 3 - RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Testing the Idea – the research component
Translational Research - Laboratory
Proof of concept
Good Manufacturing Laboratory Practices
Clinical Trial phases
Finding a researcher partner or becoming a researcher-entrepreneur?
MODULE 4 - FUNDING YOUR IDEA
Basics of Developing a Business Plan:
Market & Reimbursement
Investors & Ventures
Getting Funded and Next Steps
Process and Product Development
Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
MODULE 5 - BECOMING AN INNOVATOR
Becoming an Entrepreneur in Medicine: challenges and rewards
Analyzing Cases of Failures
Analyzing Cases of Successes
Transitioning from an Entrepreneur to a Business Manager: is this your goal?
Becoming and Entrepeneur & Intelectual Property
MODULE 6 - FINAL PITCH
Students will present the final project as the "final pitch"
DATES AND FORMAT
Live-online (for online participants) activities on Tuesdays (and one Thursday in the last week) from 4:00 PM to 7 PM Boston Time.
August 10th, 2021 to October 05th, 2021
Blended format with online live classes on Tuesdays during the program and off-line collaborative activities.
Off-line collaborative activities: discussion forum and material reading and posting, group project development.
Live activities: invited keynote speaker to discuss the week topic with live participation during the class of & Innovation group project: Mentors will follow group projects during the six weeks. Participants will be divided into groups according to their background and expertise to ensure diverse groups.
Groups of 4 to 6 participants will work on a project to develop a product or process related to health innovation that will be presented as a Final Pitch at the end of the course for invited specialists. The winner group will be awarded a prize that will be defined (mentorship, incubation, innovation hub…).
Mentors will guide teams for product / process development according to design strategies for the final Pitch presentation