Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Innovation and Business in Biomedical Engineering

Course unit code: 571450

Academic year: 2019-2020

Coordinator: Manel Gonzalez Piņero

Department: Department of Electronic and Biomedical Engineering

Credits: 5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 125


Face-to-face learning activities



-  Lecture




-  Lecture with practical component




-  Seminar



Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


CB6 - Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.

CB9 - Capacity to communicate conclusions, judgements and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.

CB10 - Skills to enable lifelong self-directed and independent learning.

CG2 - Ability to take part in research and technological development projects.

CE11 - Capacity to analyse the biomedical engineering market.

CE12 - Capacity to meet the demand for innovation in the field of biomedical engineering.

CE13 - Capacity to assess and address the needs for technology transfer and innovation, patents and entrepreneurial culture in the field of biomedical engineering.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Understand the innovation ecosystems and the biomedical market.

— Design value chains and technological innovation chains.

— Identify the needs of the biomedical sector and devise business plans.



Teaching blocks


1. Theory

1.1. R&D and economic development: world trends on innovation

1.2. Economic impacts of emerging and disruptive energies

1.3. Technological convergence

1.4. Scenarios and ecosystems for innovation on biomedical engineering

1.5. Technology and knowledge transfer as a tool for innovation: main tech transfer typologies and its characteristics

1.6. Value chain and supply chain

1.7. Collaborative and contract research and partnership development

1.8. IP management strategy: adopting a proactive approach

1.9. Proof of concept, prototype development and incubation support

1.10. Open innovation

1.11. Routes to commercialization and high-technology management

1.12. From the business concept (or idea) to the business plan

1.13. Entrepreneurship and start-up creation

2. Practical

2.1. Project and workshop



Teaching methods and general organization


Face-to-face classes; case studies; visits to companies, bioincubators, and supporting bodies of technological innovation. Analysis of case studies. Design, development and defence of a business plan for an innovative product or service in the field of biomedical engineering.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


Exercises and assignments, and the design, preparation and defence of a business plan.



Reading and study resources

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WELLS, TERRI. Medical device marketing : strategies, gameplans & resources for successful product management. outskirts Press, Inc, 2010

BURGE, RYAN. Engineering solutions to America’s healthcare challenges. Productivity Press, 2013

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SHEA, PETER [et al.]. Start your own business. Entrepreneur Media Inc, 2010

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