Course 1: Health innovation and entrepreneurship

Learn how to turn research results and ideas into business ventures and how to create innovative services in a clinical setting. 

The course will equip medical, healthcare and life science researchers with tools and knowledge to innovate services for patients, create companies based on their research ideas, or bring their research ideas into existing companies.

You will meet with and learn from leaders in academia, hospitals and healthcare companies.

A core part of the course is case-based work where the cases are developed in collaboration between the universities and companies. In addition, the participants will identify and develop potentially commercializable ideas from their own research environment. The teaching language throughout the course is English.  


The course is open for PhD candidates and postdoctors from medical faculties at UiO, NTNU, KI, UiB, UiT and other collaborating institutions.  The number of students is limited to 30-40 and admission is selective.

Include a letter describing your motivation for applying for this course. 

Course fee: There is no course fee, but you will be expected to cover your travel expenses.  All required literature and resources will be provided at the beginning of the course. The School of Health Innovation will cover accomodation expenses.

Learning outcomes 

After completion of the course the participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the opportunities of health innovation and entrepreneurship for utilization of research.
  • Apply scientific background and knowledge of health innovation to address challenges and develop services and products within a clinical setting and a biopharma/medtech setting.
  • Use various business tools for ideation and feasibility studies; to develop, prototype and test solutions to user needs.
  • Develop a business plan based upon a novel idea and communicate a business plan to people within the startup world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the Tech Transfer Office and other innovation support actors can support the commercialization process.
  • Apply the basics in financing a startup company from private and governmental funding bodies.
  • Discuss and argue for different types of intellectual property and intellectual assets, and establish patent strategies.
  • Assess their skills in health innovation and reflect on the exploitation of their own research.
  • Combine being a scientist and a health innovator/entrepreneur.


You must attend at least 80 per cent of the course in order to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance will be registered.

The examination will be based on the following: 

  • Oral group presentations related to cases  
  • Innovation project presented in the format of a “scientific poster” and an oral presentation to pitch your innovation project. The project may be based on from your own research or developed during the course. 
  • Written individual report (2-3 pages) in which you reflect on your main learning outcomes from the course and how you may utilize this new learning in your career. 

The grading is based on the pass/fail system. 
The course gives 7.5 ECTS.


The course is a Norwegian/Swedish enterprise developed in partnership between:

  • The University of Oslo (UiO)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) 
  • Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm

 It is developed in collarboration with:

  • The University of Bergen (UiB)
  • The University of Tromsø (UiT)
  • The healthcare business clusters Nansen Neuroscience Network, Oslo Cancer Cluster and Oslo Medtech.

The course is open to applicants from all collaborating universities and institutions.  

Date and venue for modules 

Oslo: 14-16 of February 2017. The venue is Holmen Fjordhotel in Asker close to Oslo. 

Trondheim:  29 - 31 March 2017. The venue will be announced later.

Stockholm: 8 - 10 of May  2017. The venue will be announced later.


Application deadline:  31 December 2016. 

Applicants for the programme will be notified by email approximately two weeks after the application deadline.


Published Oct. 19, 2016 11:21 AM - Last modified Dec. 8, 2016 10:50 AM