Innovation in the Hospital – Final Presentations of the Winter Edition of the MedInnovate Graduate Programme Sponsored by Konica Minolta


With Konica Minolta as exclusive industrial sponsor, the MedInnovate Graduate Programme closed its winter edition with a series of great invited talks and excellent team presentations. After one month of clinical immersion and two months of hard work, the teams convinced the audience with their innovative business ideas in the fields of vascular surgery, trauma surgery, dermatology and pathology.


The final presentations of the 2017 winter edition of the MedInnovate programme took place at the Nickl academy in Munich on January 25, 2018. This event marked the end of over three months of hard work progressing from general training on design thinking, towards extensive clinical immersion and need finding, and finally to careful prototyping and design. Besides the excellent coaching by various experts from the MedInnovate team, Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe provided the teams with technical feedback and their industrial point of view. Both MedInnovate and Konica Minolta highly appreciated the sponsoring partnership as an effort to educate students in interdisciplinary and need-driven approaches to innovation.

The MedInnovate Graduate Programme is an interactive and intense workshop offered at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in collaboration with UnternehmerTUM, the centre for innovation and business creation at TUM. The activities of MedInnovate are inspired by the principles of programmes such as Stanford BioDesign and the DesignThinking concept. The students complete a dedicated process to identify business opportunities aligned with the needs of stakeholders in medical practice. This outcome-driven process has proven to be successful through a variety of start-ups and innovations generated by this and similar programmes.