Diving into d·HEALTH Barcelona

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This week is a special week for the Moebio family. On Thursday May 29 it will take place the 2013 class of Design Health Barcelona program’s graduation ceremony.

Graduation Day will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the three Teams of Fellows’with our partners and graduates’ family and friends.

During the event, Moebio’s Head of Academics Jorge Juan Fernández will share d·HEALTH Barcelona first edition’s results and will introduce the keynote speaker Julio Garcia, a serial entrepreneur in technology and the digital world and Director of Kschool in Catalonia.

However, Graduation Day will not be the culmination of the Fellows’ work. During the summer, they will continue developing their projects, building a first prototype of their products, to be ready to present their innovative solutions to a panel of potential investors in September. The Investor’s Day will really mark the point at which our first generation of healthcare entrepreneurs will leave us to make their way in the world.

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Greatest medical devices of all time… since now

The hard-working health care professionals we have today get a lot of help from amazing medical devices. The doctors, nurses and others from more than a century ago — and especially those from more than two centuries ago — would be amazed at the things that we can do in health care today. No matter your health care specialty, you have probably benefited from medical innovations.

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Recently Qmed surveyed its audience about their thoughts on what are the most important medical devices ever developed. At the top it was the hypodermic syringe. Along with the myriad of substances for which they are the prime, if not the only, delivery vehicle, have probably been responsible for saving more lives and alleviating more suffering than any other piece of medical technology. Completed the list the pacemaker, the eyeglasses, the X-ray machine, the MRI, the stethoscope, the band-aid, the catheter, the CT Scanner, the cochlear implant, the intraocular lenses and the heart valves.

Innovation within the medical device industry had led to tremendous advances in the provision of care for patients worldwide. But it is a process that needs to continue.

Our mission in Design Health Barcelona (d·HEALTH Barcelona) program is to train the next generation of healthcare innovators, the ones that will invent and implement the new biomedical products, through the biodesign process, a systematic approach based on unmet needs finding to later increase our ability to diagnose and treat conditions.

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d·HEALTH Barcelona 2013-2014 fellows

We are currently seeking the fellows for d·HEALTH Barcelona 2014-2015. Worldwide youngsters with interest in the development of medical technologies and with advanced degrees in engineering, design, business or life sciences are encouraged to apply before May 11, 2014.

We offer the fellows a once-in-a-life-time experience, first hand access to real-world experts from the medical technology, legal and venture capital sectors worldwide and a fun learning/working environment while they join an emerging field.

d·HEALTH Barcelona 2013-2014 fellows are currently prototyping their innovations. Will one of them join, in the future, the list of greatest medical devices ever? Or will be yours, future fellow reading this post? Only time will tell. Meantime, if you want to get more info about the application process or, even better, apply and become a member of our red polo shirts team, click here.

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.

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

In the news

Getting featured in the media is always great: it puts you on the map so more people knows you, can establish new connections, gain more credibility…

Over the last few weeks, great journalists from local and mainstream radio, TV and newspapers have written beautiful stories about Design Health Barcelona. We are extremely thankful for them. If you want to read, watch or listen any, here are some of them!

Print:

ARA: “Diversity is the future of team and companies” (in Catalan)

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El Punt Avui: Talent Incubator (in Catalan)

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Barcinno: Innovation in Barcelona (in English)

Mobile World Capital: 10 start-up accelerators to help you develop your mHealth projects (in English)

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Radio:

RNE: Story at Eureka radio program (in Spanish)

TV:

TVE: National News Program (in Spanish) (from 39:13 on)

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TVE: Local News Program (in Catalan) (from 14:56 on)

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Entrepreneurship in Spain: state of the art (by two d·HEALTH Barcelona Faculty members)

Launching a new enterprise has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. According to the decades-old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and start selling as hard as you can. And somewhere in this sequence of events, you’ll probably suffer a fatal setback. 75% of all start-ups fail.

Recently an important countervailing force has emerged, one that can make the process of starting a company less risky. The “lean start-up,” methodology favors experimentation over elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition, and iterative design over traditional “big design up front” development. Although the methodology is just a few years old, its concepts have quickly taken root in the start-up world, and business schools have already begun adapting their curricula to teach them.

The lean start-up movement hasn’t gone totally mainstream, however, and we have yet to feel its full impact. Design Health Barcelona Faculty member Mario López de Ávila (@nodosenlared) has published a report featuring the state of the art of Lean Start-Up entrepreneurship in Spain. The document, accessible here, includes chapters about central aspects of the Lean Startup approach such as prototyping, experiments, metrics and business models. The latter has been written by Design Health Faculty member Javier Megias (@jmegias), who has recently given a lot to talk about after publishing the Spain Start Up Map, an excellent infographic that includes the Spanish startup and investor community.

Congratulations to both of them!

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Credit: Start-Up Map (by Javier Megías -@jmegias)

 

An intense start: the lives of the fellows during the bootcamp

Last September, Design Health Barcelona fellows started their journey in healthcare entrepreneurship with a trip by bus to Collbató, a small town next to Montserrat, one of the most famous and beautiful natural landscapes in Catalunya. There, the 12 fellows lived for a week, knowing each other, sharing breakfast, lunch, dinner, leisure time, the first lessons and, above all, future dreams and ambitions.

That week marked the beginning of the bootcamp stage, a four weeks long stage in which fellows attended over 150 hours of lectures on fields essential to develop medical technology.

The video below summarizes the experiences of our fellows during their first month as future innovators in just five minutes! It is beautiful! Enjoy it!

The Secret of Great Teams

There are teams that have changed the world. The designers of the Mac, the creators of Google, the most popular site on the Web, Henry Ford’s team who made the automobile affordable, the agency that came up with Mastercard’s “priceless” campaign that has become a cliché…

Building companies and making business history, requires the know-how to build long-lasting, harmonic, cooperative, synchronized teams. Great teams are more than just a gathering of smart people. To build a great team requires the ability to master the “art of people” and knowing how to maneuver hundreds (if not thousands) of people at the right place and at the right time. It means knowing how each person thinks and how to best utilize their competencies rightly at all times.

To build a high-functioning team it’s difficult, but it can be learned. During the first week of the bootcamp stage, Simon Kavanagh and Jon Tangen, from Danish KaosPilot school trained Design Health Barcelona fellows on how to create successful teams. In this interview, they share with us some of the techniques and methodologies used.

 

Meet a special team

Today we want to introduce you a group of pioneers… a team of men and women who have decided to make a turning point in their professional careers and become entrepreneurs in healthcare.

They are Marc, Roger, Mattia, Susan, Arnau, Angel, Alfred, Lalis, Markus, Mateu, Inma and Marc. They have backgrounds in design, engineering, science and business and the next eight months they will work to acquire the skills to create a better healthcare system. They are Design Health Barcelona’s first class! Our fellows!

In the following video you can get a first idea of who they are. In the next weeks they will introduce themselves more in detail, will explain in first hand their experiences learning how to become an entrepreneur and talk about their passions and ambitions in life!