Medical i-Teams (in partnership with the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences) investigates the best commercialisation approach for a new medical or health-related technology, including treatments, diagnostics and research tools. In most cases this includes interviews with clinicians and patients or patient groups.
Participants gain the hands-on experience and satisfaction of “learning by doing”, working on a real project where their ideas and conclusions will influence future directions and outcomes. Skills gained include:
- Teamworking & team management
- Identify the key commercial benefits of a technology or product innovation
- Identify relevant competitors and potential collaborators
- Identify and contact relevant industry experts, clinicians and patient groups
- Use and develop your own network of contacts
- Cold calling and extracting useful information from commercial contacts
- Analyse incomplete data from a variety of sources to draw a justifiable conclusion
- Presentation skills (for a non-expert audience)
The syllabus includes lectures on the practicalities of taking medical innovations from the lab to the clinic, medical ethics considerations, and an introduction to commercial considerations.
Key questions asked? What is the best route-to-market for our medical innovation? What steps are needed before it can actually be used in the clinic?
Which terms does it run? Lent
What day does it run? Tuesday evenings from 7pm-10pm
Where is it held? Either online or at the IfM, depending on the latest guidance
How long does it last? 9 weeks, every Tuesday in Full Term
Who can apply? Any post-graduate student or post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, Babraham Institute, Sanger Centre or the British Antarctic Survey