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.
Thanks to the sponsoring and professional feedback of Konica Minolta, we could bring MedInnovate to an entirely new level. We are convinced that the fruitful collaboration between MedInnovate and Konica Minolta serves as a role model for future industrial partnerships and therefore fosters the growth of MedInnovate in the future.
It was amazing to see the level of sophistication with which the teams not only created innovative solutions, but also then presented them to a professional audience. We strongly believe that this kind of collaboration is an ideal way to identify innovation potential in the hospital and to promote the concept that need-driven thinking is crucial for creating valuable ICT solutions in healthcare.
About Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe (KMLE)
Since its creation in 1873, Konica Minolta has had a long history of innovation. In 2015, Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe (KMLE) established its headquarters in London, and subsequently opened R&D laboratories in Brno, Czech Republic and in Munich, Germany, with a third opening in February 2018 in Rome, Italy. KMLE is the hub where innovative solutions in the field of information and communications technology come to life to transform the next generation of platforms and services from Konica Minolta. Leveraging on collaboration with the Konica Minolta Business Innovation Centre Europe and several external research organizations, KMLE takes advantage of the most advanced technologies to support new business opportunities driven by customers’ needs.
The KMLE laboratory in Munich is focused entirely on digital healthcare. From computer vision to data analytics, from preventive apps to workflow automation, Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe explores the landscape of digital healthcare. KMLE closely works together with clinical partners to identify demands and assess solutions – to better utilise information for the benefit of patients, doctors and healthcare providers.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation and implements solutions in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. According to IDC, Konica Minolta is a “Major Player in Workflow Services Hardcopy in the Western European market” (2016). Being a strong partner for the production and industrial printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and, in 2016, was the production printing market leader for the ninth consecutive year (InfoSource). The hardware portfolio covers light and mid production as well as industrial printing machines. Konica Minolta Marketing Services provides value added services that intelligently link print and digital marketing in an effective and efficient way. In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Through its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R&D laboratories in Europe, Konica Minolta brings innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With over 9,700 employees (as of March 2017), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.4 billion in financial year 2016/17.
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