Gain hands-on skills and training while investigating the commercial potential and user requirements for a real medical innovation.
“I was one of the first students who joined i-Teams. The experience really shaped my career, as I changed professional course and from an engineering student doing his PhD, became a business consultant and then project manager, and I have now founded my own company”
George Lentaris (i-Teams and Founder of EnerVibe)
Medical i-Teams is a new programme developed in partnership with the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences. It focuses on the steps needed to take a new diagnostic, treatment or enabling platform technology from the lab and into the hands of the doctors, patients and researchers who need it.
In Medical i-Teams you will work for a term with students from across the University and a dedicated industry mentor. You will receive training from industry experts and investigate the commercial potential and user requirements for a real Cambridge medical invention, gaining hands-on skills and experience. Past i-Teams projects in this sector include AQDOT, Ampika, Sphere Fluidics, and OpenDiagnostics.
Projects for this course are:
- Developing a low-cost finger-prick sensor for blood potassium levels, with Dr Tanya Hutter, Chemistry
- Production of specialist cells for use in research and regenerative medicine, with Dr. Krishnaa Mahbubani, Surgery
- Investigating the best routes to market for MyICUVoice – an app to help intensive care patients communicate their needs and feelings, with Dr. Tim Baker & Dr. Vilas Navapurkar, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Apply by Monday December 11th for the Lent Term Medical i-Teams course. Teams will be notified by Friday December 15th.
The first session will be on Tuesday January 16th at 7pm, when you will meet the inventors behind the projects, and then sessions will run every Tuesday at 7pm through to the final presentation sessions on March 13th. See the i-Teams syllabus for details. Sessions are held in the Institute for Manufacturing.
All teams meet on Tuesday evenings, with each session including a training lecture or workshop and time for team working. Past i-Teamers estimate that their projects needed about 4 hours a week of individual effort in addition to the time spent in team meetings. As part of their projects, team members will need to contact external industry experts by phone and email – some calls and meetings may need to take place during office hours.
Medical i-Teams is open to post-doctoral researchers and post-graduate students from any discipline. No previous medical or commercial background is required. We are aiming to increase the participation of post-docs in this course, aiming for teams of 50% Postdocs and 50% PhD and Masters students.
We are also running Technology i-Teams on Monday evenings in Lent term. See here for details of the projects and how to apply. You are welcome to apply for both programmes but please make it clear which programme is your preferred one.
Application form for Medical i-Teams
Please include a covering letter indicating which project most interests you and why, and a brief CV of your background and experience. You are more likely to secure a place on a team if you specify a second choice project.
We thank the Isaac Newton Trust for its support for the Medical i-Teams programme.