Quick Post: Back From Dublin!

This Monday some of the past editions’ Clinical Innovation Fellows (Katarina Hedbeck from TADA, Louise Warme from Lara Diagnostics and Patrick Nilsson from Ortrud), the Clinical Innovation Team and present fellows (Fritzi, John and me) went to Dublin, for a mingle and workshop.

There we met with fellows from Bio-innovate Galway and D-Health Barcelona, to discuss different issues such as reimbursement, funding and how to work together as alumni.

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Team Infection: Planning (Planting?) Ahead

As CIF gets closer to an end we need to plan ahead on how to proceed, especially since we will have to manage our resources as optimally as possible, since they are going to be scarce.

Something very similar between Spain and Sweden is how there is a month each year where conducting business and initiatives can be very slow and difficult, as both countries really DO enjoy summertime. Taking that into account, things can get very difficult during summer, so we have to plant a lot of seeds now, and even sow some early crops before!

Timing, timing, timing!

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Team Infection: Working with the Pros

We made it through our Business Mentor meeting, with very valuable feedback about our way forward and how can we tackle some of the different issues we might encounter when trying to address changing patients’ behavior.

And that is probably the crux of the matter: we cannot change patients’ behavior. We can workaround it, we can stimulate it, we can punish it or reward it. But changing it may be as difficult as changing a bad habit, like smoking or eating to much kanelbullar.

With this in mind, we have contacted one of the experts in this: Sven Simonsson, dentist and expert in enhancing dentistry services in order to reduce no-shows and peak perform in patient satisfaction surveys. His insights have been very valuable to us, as now we have a 30 year hands-on experience point of view to our approach.

    Sven in how to manage patient perception

Finally we also had a dress rehearsal for our students, as they have their Reference Group Meeting next Wednesday. It seems that they are eager to show their progress!

(You can always reach us at: teaminfection@clinicalinnovation.se)

José (Team Infection)

Team Infection: Back to the Clinic

As we advanced last week, we need to gather more learnings about how can we influence patients’ behavior and how can we make a significant impact on this.

With this in mind, we are going back to how patients interact with healthcare and how staff interact with patients, with the aim of finding gaps and filling them.

Welcome again to the infectious diseases clinic!

We’ve been calling patients as well to find out how and why/why not do they make it to their appointments. What tools do they use to remind their appointments? What kind of situations are the ones that make interaction with healthcare more difficult? How would they prefer to be contacted? (and so on…)

We’re also preparing for out last business mentor meeting, where we will expose to our business mentors our business plans and how are we aiming to achieve our different goals.

(You can always reach us at: teaminfection@clinicalinnovation.se)

José (Team Infection)

Team Infection: Back to the start (sort of)

First of all, we would like to congratulate Team O for winning STING Test Drive last Monday. They had a solid concept, a good and spot-on pitch and a very appealing product idea, so they had all the ingredients for victory. We are very happy for them , as they were our second favorite team (after us!).

In what refers to our pitch, we think it was one of the favorites, with the right building blocks and process: hook + need + approach + benefits + competition + closing. But our need, even though strong and validated, still has to be tackled by a solid approach and tangible solutions.

With this in mind, we are going back to how patients interact with healthcare and how staff interact with patients, with the aim of finding gaps and filling them!

                                    Brainstorming!

So (sort of) back to the start and back to the clinic soon!

(You can always reach us at: teaminfection@clinicalinnovation.se)

José (Team Infection)

Team Infection: Money, Money, Money

So of course one of our biggest concerns, specially after the 1st of May is: how do we get resources for continuing our entrepreneurial endeavor?

Inspired by the seminar about entrepreneurship and funding in medtech, by Bertil Guve, we’ve decided to take the firsts steps on our funding and development career, by applying to KTH Innovation fund and EIT Proof of Concept fund.

Since we are not a company (yet!) we are a bit limited in our options for requesting external investments, but that will eventually come.

So that means working a lot in our pitch and how we present our ideas in the first place.

How do we pitch this?

Speaking about pitches, next Monday is STING’s Grande Finale, where we will pitch for 4 minutes how our idea is interesting for investors.

Pitch rehearsal at STING

Stay tuned for an early update about it!

(You can always reach us at: teaminfection@clinicalinnovation.se)

José (Team Infection)

Team Infection: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Since last week it must seem that little has changed, but that would be very far from the truth.

Day by day, it’s getting harder not to find possible showstoppers, difficulties and technicalities. But we’re getting better at identifying these problems, faster at finding the tools, workarounds or resources for tackling these issues. Day by day, all of this makes us stronger, as a team, as soon to be fellows and as a future company.

With a lot of meetings next week and the distance between us and possible champions that might embrace our commercial idea draws closer, we are working to not only make a good impression, but also re-define our pathways to success.

Julien and Christoffer at the War(m) Room

This same week we’ve been also working in defining a business plan, which is at the same time a very good auto-evaluation tool. Nothing screams more for your attention than a big gap in a five years plan, making you think in what you’ve not thought before.

Sketches on a napkin: for when inspiration comes unannounced

(You can always reach us at: teaminfection@clinicalinnovation.se)

José (Team Infection)

Team Infection: Minimum Viable Payer Product

After our last session in STING, where we defined better the problems we are trying to solve, our favorite customer and what would be our value proposition, we are aiming to define the channels in which we would make our product available, and how.

Also, following the Lean Startup methodology, we are aiming to define our first Minimum Viable Product, or MVP.

The MVP is a product with the minimum features in order to gather validated learnings about our product and its continued development. Not only gathering insights from an MVP is often less expensive than developing a product with more features, but also has the great advantage of versatility, as it permits to rapidly follow the build → measure → learn cycle.

Build – Measure – Learn

Of course, validating learnings through an MVP avoids the increased costs and risks if the product fails, for example, due to incorrect assumptions, if we were building it for months without testing our hypothesis. A significative difference between an MVP and a prototype is that we are also aiming to test the business viability of our product (although we would probably won’t make a profit out of it… yet!).

The office, full of life again!

It is also very enjoyable to have the company of Team O with us at Fleminsberg, as we develop our first MVP conception. It is always good to test how crazy our ideas can be, from people that have walked the Clinical Innovation Fellowships with us!

(You can always reach us by sending an e-mail to: teaminfection@clinicalinnovation.se)

José (Team Infection)

Team Infection: The Road Not Taken

This week has been full of hard work, as we are having more time, day by day, week by week, to solely focus in our business project. Every little step we take towards it unfolds a vast field of questions, known unknowns and unknown unknowns. We have hypothesis everywhere, that only can be proved or refuted through a conscious effort in testing, failing and learning from it.

But we are willing to get our hands dirty, and let the market or the stakeholders tell us how wrong or right we are, pursuing this road less traveled by.

As we advanced last week, our students met with the Reference Group, as they presented the needs they are working with, as well as their plans, objectives and resources. They did an excellent job and we are very proud of them, just don’t tell them, there is a lot of work ahead yet.

We also had the opportunity to openly discuss with the Group the Clinical Report we have been compiling, in order to get feedback. As we were wishing, we clashed in some of our proposals and laudations in some other… but looking at the overall feeling, it seems that the were pleased with our work. Let us hope it really makes a difference and eases the path for future collaborations with Danderyds Sjukhus.

Speaking about getting our hands dirty, that can sometimes mean meetings and fika, at least here in Stockholm, where we were kindly invited to learn about HIP SDK, an innovation framework that enables access to data in Swedish healthcare.

At the HIP SDK meeting

We got a very interesting insight about how Sweden in pioneer in access to medical data and how could we work with that in our future projects.

(You can always reach us by sending an e-mail to: teaminfection@clinicalinnovation.se)

José (Team Infection)