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. 

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– It was a good experience to be part of, Oscar Rangel-Huerta, postdoc UiO (in the middle), says about the course. Here he is with Joao Pedro Mauricio Rosa, Karolinska Institutet, and Silje Krokeide. Photo: Monica Bring Estensen/UiO

Our vision is improving health through strengthening researchers' capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The course is organized in three modules with separate dates and venues.

About the modules

Module 1, Oslo: February 6th-8th 2019 (starts at 10.30 on day 1, ends at 15 on day 3)

Venue Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Gardermoen

Module 2, Trondheim: March 27th - 29th 2019 (starts at 12:00 on day 1, ends at 13:00 on day 3)

Venue Hotel Scandic Lerkendal, Trondheim

Module 3, Stockholm:  April 24th - 26th (starts at 10.30 (registration from 10:00) on day 1, ends at 15:00 on day 3)

Venue First Hotel Norrtull, Stockholm


Dropbox for presentations e.g. (admission for students)

About the course

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.


Case-based learning is a core part of the programme, and cases are developed in collaboration between the partnering universities and companies presenting in the programme. Project-based learning is another central part of the programme, where the participants are given the opportunity to develop an idea from their own research environment.


The School of Health Innovation is a Scandinavian programme open for PhDs and postdoc’s from  faculty of medicine at UiO,NTNU, KI, and other Nordic universities.

The number of students is limited to 50 and admission is selective.

Practical issues and expenses

There is no course fee, and acommodation is booked and covered by HIS for the duration of the course (not the night before or after). Participants who want to stay longer have to book and cover this themselves.

Participants have to book journeys and cover traveling expenses, or apply to own employer or other funder for covering.

HIS covers lunch and dinner. Dinner includes up to 2 glasses wine/beer/mineral water. Additional beverage must be covered by participants due to Norwegian regulations.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Learn how to build a business in healthcare based on their own research
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the opportunities of health innovation and entrepreneurship for utilization of research
  • Apply scientific background and new 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 in response 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 Tech Transfer Offices 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
  • Group innovation project presented at the end of the course.The project may be based 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
  • The healthcare business clusters Nansen Neuroscience Network

It is developed in collaboration with:

  • The University of Bergen (UiB)
  • The University of Tromsø (UiT)
  • Oslo Cancer Cluster and Norway healthtech
  • UiO:Life Science
  • The Research Council of Norway
  • South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority

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


Final date for submitting this application is December 31st 2018. Applicants for the programme will be notified by e-mail.




With financial support from

Norwegian Research Council


Questions? Please contact Bjarte Reve at

Published Oct. 19, 2016 11:21 AM - Last modified Apr. 23, 2019 7:50 AM