In search of medical excellence

At d·HEALTH we feel truly blessed that great educators from all over the map find their way to Barcelona. One such teacher is Mark Bruzzi.

He is an entrepreneur and lecturer at National University of Ireland in Galway, and the Director of the BioInnovate Ireland medical device innovation training program. Modeled also on Stanford Biodesign Fellowship, its’goal is to foster entrepreneurship in healthcare and create value to the Irish economy. And it is in the correct way according to recent news.

Last week Enterprise Ireland, ACT Capital in Dublin, signed a €11.7m collaboration with the prestigious US-based Mayo Clinic for the co-development and licensing of 20 novel medical technologies over the next 5 years with the aim of creating several high value medical technology spin-out companies. The agreement involves further development and validation of the technologies patented at Mayo Clinic by research teams in Irish Higher Education Institutes and introductions to investors to bring the technologies to market.

The first project under this agreement will be lead by d·HEALTH Faculty member Mark Bruzzi. It is a device for the treatment of acute pancreatitis, an increasingly prevalent condition worldwide with substantial hospitalization costs, but with no widely accepted therapies or practices for proactive management of the disease. Associated healthcare costs are estimated at €3 billion in the US alone. Bruzzi’s team at NUI Galway aims to design and develop a prototype device for human clinical use, build on animal studies conducted thus far and advance the therapeutic technology towards a “first in man” clinical investigation.

This is great news for medtech innovation and we feel really happy for Mark! CONGRATULATIONS! Below it is a video-interview we filmed with Dr. Bruzzi when he visited us last year.

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Findings needs to improve healthcare

There’s a quiet revolution going on in the field of medical device innovation across the world led by people who are creating affordable and elegantly designed devices that add value to existing medical processes and make them simpler, cheaper and more accessible.

To create those products, these change-makers first have to identify unmet medical needs within a clinical setting and then develop new business opportunities.

The 2013-2014 d·HEALTH fellow teams have ended their clinical immersion experience in neonatology, neuro-rehabilitation and arrhythmias. During two months of intensive observation on medical procedures and routines, each team has compiled a list of over 300 needs and currently they are in the process of narrowing these large lists down into the top needs to take forward into brainstorming and invention.

This video resumes how was their clinical immersion experience at three top hospitals in Barcelona.

Neonatology Team includes: Arnau Valls, Marc Rabaza, Susan Feitoza and Mattia Bosio

Neuro-rehabilitation Team includes: Markus Wilhelms, Immaculada Herrero, Àngel Calzada and Marc Benet

Arrhythmias Team includes: Lalis Fontcuberta, Mateu Pla, Roger Benet and Alfred Ramírez

Moebio’s dictionary: the cross-concepts

“There are only two things wrong with education: 1) What we teach; 2) How we teach it.” Roger Schank

The world is facing huge challenges and they are growing daily in severity, scale, and complexity. If we are going to survive, we desperately need the next generation to be smarter, more adaptable, and better prepared than any that has gone before. Our only chance is to equip our young people with the skills and the attitudes to pursue this mission. The question is: Is that what our current education system does?

We have business schools, medicine schools, science schools… that offer framed professional knowledge and train people… to “old” jobs. However, only when we observe with new consciousness can we find different answers and fresh solutions to problems. Our education system should also train awareness of the global context in which these professionals will operate and give them the capabilities to do so.

Moebio has been conceived, from its very beginning, as a place where health, design, business and technology meet at a new dimension. A holistic training adapted to the current needs and scenario.

Even its’ name, Moebio, was coined based on this same idea. We were inspired by the Möbius strip, a two-dimensional sheet with only one surface discovered by the German mathematicians August Ferdinand Möbius and Johann Benedict Listing in 1858. The Möbius strip has been an object of fascination since its discovery and it has achieved a life of its own beyond mathematics in magic, science, engineering, literature, music, and art.

Moebio is the meeting point for people who want to change the game and it has its own dictionary with words that combine business, science, technology and health worlds. Our faculty has helped us to create and define these cross-concepts that we are now sharing with you. Watch the videos below to learn about crealeaderhsip, collinovation, multinomics and d·Health. What do you think about them? Do you have other cross-concepts in mind?

Christer Windelov-Lidzélius on crealeadership

Alfons Cornella on Coinnovation

Pep Torres on Multinomics

Lekshmy Parameswaran on d·HEALTH