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:
1.Investigating patient and clinician acceptance of different methods for monitoring glucose levels, with Dr. Gita Khalili Moghaddam, Professor Chris Lowe & GlycoVue
2. Identifying medical applications for a device which can improve fine motor skills, with Dr. Gerald Mako of Cambridge Motorics
3. Finding the best medical applications for a new neurostimulation device, with Dr. Christopher Proctor & Vincenzo Curto, Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Damiano Barone, Addenbrookes
Apply by Monday December 9th for the Lent Term Medical i-Teams course. Teams will be notified by Thursday December 12th.
The first session will be on Tuesday January 14th 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 10th. See the 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, post-graduate students and research assistants from any discipline. No previous medical or commercial background is required.
We are also running Innovation i-Teams on Monday evenings in Lent term. You are welcome to apply for both courses but please make it clear which 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.