Essential Course Information
Expand the sections below for answers to the who, what, where, and when of the HealthTech Course. Have a question we didn’t answer? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Who Should Participate?
If you are interested in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship, this is a great opportunity to experiment with brainstorming a new solution to a proven clinical need. Teams following this methodology have previously formed companies and successfully secured funding.
Our focus is to create multi-disciplinary teams to provide the best learning experience for everyone. We welcome all disciplines and schools across Harvard and the Boston community to participate, but you must be enrolled or have completed a graduate level program or above (MBA, Post doc, Phd, MD candidate, graduate level engineering program, design programs, etc).
When and Where
The HealthTech course is a project-based class with an emphasis on identifying clinical needs, validating needs, brainstorming, and concept creation. Key concepts are taught through a combination of “practicals” and lectures from experts in the fields of Health IT, medical devices, and medtech. “Practicals” are discussion sessions intended to be interactive and problem based.
Participants will be placed in teams based on project interest and background. During the 12-week course, students are required to spend time outside of class working on projects. The final deliverable will be a pitch to a panel of expert judges.
Requirements and Professional Conduct
- Attend at least 10 out of 12 classes
- Purchase or rent the following text book for the course: Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies
- Be an active member of your assigned team
- Present a pitch deck to a panel of judges during the final class
The Biodesign innovation course is taught by a combination of Harvard Medical School Faculty, affiliated Faculty and healthcare entrepreneurs, corporate executives, intellectual property attorneys, and venture capitalists. As such, it provides a unique opportunity to gain real-world experience while still in an academic environment.
Although this is a non-credit bearing course, these industry experts have donated their valuable time to offer real-world experience and feedback. Students are expected to arrive to class on time and give presenters their full attention.