Weekly Curriculum

What to Expect

We’ve developed the HealthTech course curriculum based on the proven Biodesign innovation framework. As each week builds on the foundations of the previous stages, attendance is critical. Expand the sections below to get a sense of how each two-hour class will be structured as the semester unfolds.

Week 1-Stage 1: Needs finding

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Introduction to Biodesign
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Disease State Fundamentals
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Team formation & needs presentation

Week 2-Stages 1 and 2: Needs finding & Needs screening

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Needs criteria
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Understanding and reaching your stakeholders

Week 3-Stages 1 and 2: Needs finding & Needs screening

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Working session: Needs statement development & stakeholder list
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Discuss deliverable due next week

Week 4-Stages 1 and 2: Needs finding & Needs screening

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Team presentation of top needs statement
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Assessing & Validating Existing Markets

Week 5-Stages 2 and 3: Needs screening & Concept generation

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Class discussion on additional needs specification work
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Design thinking activity - concept generation

Week 6-Stages 3 and 4: Concept generation & Concept screening

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - A process for product design
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Intellectual property basics

Week 7-Stage 5 and 6: Strategy development & Business planning

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - The path from concept generation to funding
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - From the field: example of how to develop a business model

Week 8-Stage 5 and 6: Strategy development & Business planning

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Reimbursement Basics
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Effective presentations

Week 9-Stage 5 and 6: Strategy development & Business planning

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Class discussion: Concept generation process
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Story of serial healthcare entrepreneur

Week 10-Stage 5 and 6: Strategy development & Business planning

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Working session: Practice pitches

Week 11-Stages 5 and 6: Strategy development & Business planning

4:30-5:30 p.m. - Evaluating a business for success
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Dinner

Week 12-Final class

Student presentations to expert panel