Program Curriculum

The program is completed over the course of 10.5 months. Training and experience fellows receive will serve to de-risk the commercialization/start-up path by equipping them with relevant knowledge, connections to mentors, industry partners and investors, and their having already identified and tested markets for their innovations.

Boot Camp

University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center

  • Five weeks working alongside Minnesota Innovation Fellows in an educational ‘boot camp’
  • 100+ speakers (academic researchers, clinicians, industry representatives, venture capitalists) offer training on innovation, prototyping, intellectual property, regulatory affairs, business strategy
  • Valuable networking connections with Minnesota’s medical device community and possible project collaborations with Minnesota Innovation Fellows

WORLDiscoveries Week

Western Research Park

  • Further instruction on policies, procedures, intellectual property and regulatory guidelines in Canada, at Western, Lawson Health Research Institute and their research partners
  • Learn how to complete Reports of Innovation, receive training on patent searches and business and market evaluations

Clinical Immersion

London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Health Care London, and BrainsCAN for cognitive neuroscience

  • Three weeks shadowing clinicians in operating rooms, clinics, and imaging suites to identify unmet clinical needs
  • Begin with pre-selected areas of high potential for development, but free to move to any topic you feel could yield an innovation
  • Pre-selected areas for the pilot program include cardiac and orthopaedic imaging and devices
  • As a team, Fellows study and evaluate various projects within each of these areas and select those with the highest commercialization potential
  • Areas of focus will be set on an annual basis and can be expanded based on the number of fellows
  • For MIFs exploring innovations in the area of cognitive neuroscience,¬†BrainsCAN infrastructure and expertise will be made available

Design and Prototyping

Across all partner sites

  • Begin research and development, collaborating with appropriate clinicians and researchers to create new devices and software to meet clinically identified needs
  • Refine ideas, assess potential markets and evaluate capacity for intellectual property, filing a Report of Innovation with WORLDiscoveries for each promising innovation
  • Use existing services and facilities (e.g., at Robarts, Western and Lawson) to design, prototype and test technologies
  • Leverage¬† connections to the Minnesota program to further refine ideas and evaluate potential international markets