The MedInnovate Graduate Programme is an interactive and intense workshop offered at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in collaboration with UnternehmerTUM, the center for innovation and business creation at TUM. During the workshop interdisciplinary student-teams not only learn how to efficiently identify unmet clinical needs within the routine of a hospital but also work towards realistic solutions to solve those. Students get to know various tools helping them to be successful innovators in medical technology and apply their knowledge directly in a clinical setting.

MedInnovate aims at a step-wise approach to identify unmet medical needs, and design innovative solution concepts and business cases to boost the startup culture in Germany and the European Union. Based on the successful BioDesign process, medical technology and solutions in the area of BioEngineering are addressed by following a needs-driven framework.

Target group

MedInnonvate invites all students with a strong interest in innovation and entrepreneurship in MedTech for participation.
In particular, we encourage interested people with a background in one of the following categories to apply.

Medicine
Medical experts provide the backbone of the fellowship program with their knowledge of the medical disciplines, the hospital and healthcare systems and credibility for the immersion in clinical practice.
Engineering & IT
With the goal of developing new medical devices and systems, fellows with a technological background facilitate novel and innovative solutions for unmet clinical needs.
Design
MedInnovate heavily relies on concepts from BioDesign and DesignThinking, where the creative expertise and various aspects of design are a prerequesite for innovative solutions and business cases.
Business
Commercial aspects, marketing and sales are key for any business, especially also in medical device development. With the aim of addressing unmet clinical needs, expertise in these disciplines is the basis for successful businesses in the global MedTech sector.

Students should be enrolled in a Master studies (or similar study phase), and are selected based their potential to become leaders in innovation in MedTech and the possibility to work within teams. We especially encourage applications from international candidates.

Programme Overview

In the MedInnovate Graduate Programme, interdisciplinary teams (e.g. including a medic, engineer, business expert, and designer) identify unresolved clinical problems and develop innovative projects solving these needs.
In general, the programme will allow interested students and teams to become experts in many aspects of the MedTech innovation cycle, such as needs-identification and evaluation, concept design, ideation and brainstorming, prototyping, regulatory and reimbursement pathways, product development pathway, business-case development, investor relations, as well as innovation and close interaction in teams.

The MedInnovate Graduate Programme is offered each semester at Technical University of Munich. For clinical immersion, access to medical centres and offices adjunct to these is provided. The Graduate Programme is a graduate course running across the whole lecture period each semester.

For the individual students, opportunities may arise after the program, including own startup projects as well as a unique education with respect to medical innovation with a global orientation and viewpoint. Throughout the fellowship, an individualized plan for project outcomes and the future career path will be developed in conjunction with the MedInnovate management.