Team Infection: Closer

So we did it! We went through our 2nd Business Mentor Meeting (along with Team O) with our four needs and had the feedback from our mentors, treating the strengths and weaknesses of each need, asking the why’s? and analyzing their potential.

There is still a lot of work to do with these four needs, as our goal now is to narrow them down to one. We have set to ourselves a deadline for having a clear defined need to work with, as we believe that setting that goal will encourage us to not to linger too much out of FOMO (fear of missing out… a possible good need).


Memories from our second Business Mentor Meeting

It is part of the Biodesign process to iterate the needs in function of how the on-going process reveals new information, perspectives and showstoppers. It is still early to fall in love for one need, so we have to keep an analytical approach and fresh eyes as long as we can (without forgetting the important part that plays the gut feeling!)

As a celebration for achieving this ‘down to four needs’ goal we met Clinical Innovation Fellows which went through previous editions of CIF. We had very interesting discussions and it was a great pleasure for us to meet them as well. We’re looking forward to the next meeting!

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José (Team Infection)

4 Needs!


We have now gone down to 4 needs! Three weeks ago we started with 200 commercial needs then by gut feeling we went from 200 to 100 need. From 100 to 50 needs we cluster needs that were similar. From 50 to 18 needs we made speed validations on all the needs giving them scores. From 18 to 4 we were a bit scared it would be hard and a lot of arguing. We took all 18 needs and had a deep discussion about all needs and gave them some scores until we had our 4 favorite needs.  It was actually very smooth and everyone seemed to be satisfied!

This Wednesday we met with our mentors and pitched our 4 needs. They seemed to like our needs and we got a lot of good feedback. It was a lot fun to also hear the other groups presentation. To celebrate going for 4 needs we went to a bar called “Häktet” and meet up with the other team and old fellows from CIF. It was super fun to meet old fellows and they gave us many advice which I think will be very helpful. After some drinks we were able to hear some nice gossip from previous years.

Our group is getting really excited to finally be a loud to start thinking of ideas. All ideation were band until today! Since I´m the designer in the team I have prepared a brief presentation about some tips on how to  go from a problem to a solution.

John – Team Obsterics

Team Infection: Down To Four

Good news everyone! Now Team Infection is officially down to four needs in our commercial oriented ones.

This means that we will able to focus our efforts on these in order to find the chosen one, the need that we will work to solve. Someone said in Barcelona “for the rest of our lives”. Could be. We hope it doesn’t take that long!

We’ve had a very occupied week, working on these needs as well as having different meetings with some of the entities that will help us to successfully develop a commercial solution, and a business model that homes it.

On Monday we met KTH Innovation, which supports the commercialization of ideas and research results from entities and individuals related to KTH. Mainly (but not only) focused on commercialization of new technology and the early stages of the development and verification of an idea, KTH Innovation can be really a big support for us.

We also visited STING, at Kista, incubator and accelerator of ideas and start-ups. From qualified coaching in business development, a business angel network, a venture capital fund and business contacts and experts, STING is another big player in our journey. We are applying and hoping to be selected for STING Test Drive in Health, where we would be able to work on our business model, based on Business Model Canvas.

Tuesday and Friday we visited RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and SICS Swedish ICT. Both identified as a network of research and technology organisations (RTOs), wholly or partly owned by the Swedish state, gave us fresh ideas about the state of art of the health market, trends and technology.


At SICS Swedish ICT, discussing about challenges and pilot projects

It is worth mentioning that we are also juggling with our schedule to be able to interview students. They will be carrying out the Master’s Thesis we are going to be orchestrating for the betterment of the Infectious Diseases Clinic at Danderyds Sjukhus.

That and working towards our second Business Mentor Meeting, which will take place next Wednesday! Keep tuned for more good news next week!

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José (Team Infection)

EIT Health Summit 2016

Last week I was invited to represent this years fellows in the EIT Health Summit 2016, taking place in Barcelona. EIT is short for European Institute for Innovation and Technology, and is a consortium of more than 50 core partners and 90 associate partners from leading business, research centers and university from across 14 EU countries. The goal of EIT Health is to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of European industry, improve the quality of life of Europe’s citizens and the sustainability of healthcare systems.

The Caixa Forum in Barcelona

The Caixa Forum in Barcelona

The summit itself concluded what has been achieved during 2016, the first operating year of EIT health as an organization. In the beautiful setting of Caixa Forum we heard pitches from 20 start ups, presentations from payers, providers and corporations. Daniel was invited to speak about the Clinicial Innovation Fellowship.


My own key take away from the summit is that the challenges Sweden faces in healthcare are relevant across the whole of Europe, down to a very detailed level. The observations we have made in our clinic seem to hold true for the University Hospital of Barcelona too, among others.

All in all it was an inspirational visit with plenty of networking opportunities. A big thank you to EIT for hosting us!


Carina – Team Obstetrics



Team Infection: Moving Out and In

News from Team Infection! We are now (mainly) located in our CTMH office at Fleminsberg, sharing space with the CTMH team, all being hosted at the STH (Skolan för teknik och hälsa) building.


STH Building at KTH Flemingsberg  (Source)

We had to make some arrangements to adapt it to our needs: shared spaces, setting a projector, whiteboards and flipcharts… Tools that we deem necesary for our creative (and structural!) way of working.


Our new office, skeleton included

Speaking about needs, in order to explore some of the eight we are now working with (and trying to narrow down to four), we payed a visit to the showrooms at Nya Karolinska, where we could take a look at how patient centered care and trends toward single rooms are influencing the building of the hospitals of the (near) future.


Single patient room with individual bathroom at Nya Karolinska

Last but not least, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect with us moving into KTH Fleminsberg, as last Thursday evening we had a delightful dinner (and Glögg) at the STH Christmas Party in Långholmens Wärdshus, formerly Sweden’s biggest prison, where we had the opportunity to meet our  STH neighbors and colleagues.


That DEFINITELY was a tasty dinner!

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José (Team Infection)

Team Infection: Seek & Destroy

Just as the title says, it is time for us to bring the number of selected needs down. A lot.

From our almost 300 hundred needs we have maimed them to mere eight. The only way to achieve this Thermopylaic scenario was making use of different tools that would help us select the best needs in the shortest period of time.

For that, we first went through all of them, one by one, selecting those that fitted in different predefined criteria. After this first selection, we decreased the number down to almost fifty.

The next step was to cluster each of these needs into the right set. Clustering consists in grouping each need in such a way that the needs that are located in each group (or cluster) are more similar to each other than to those located in other clusters. This way we were able to have an overview of how needs are distributed, and which clusters we think are more interesting for a commercial development.


The art of clustering

Having the right clusters and bearing into mind speed validations and different parameters we achieved to finally narrow it down to eight (our beloved hateful eight). These are the needs in which we will work through, at least until the next (self-imposed) deadline, November 24th. Here, after working each of us in two different ones, we will do some more need filtering and narrow it down to four.


As you can see, it also works for individual needs: how observations fit to different clusters in a need definition?

These four needs will (finally) be the ones that we will present at the Second Business Mentor Meeting, where we will expose what are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, desirability, feasibility and viability of each need. The group will aid us in our quest for the NEED, the one that we will work with, being a commercial development our goal.

(And is always good to have 3 more aces in your sleeve just in case that one NEED turns to be a ‘gold shield’: something that looks appealing, but not good for what it is intended).

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José (Team Infection)

Finally four clinical needs to move forward with!

Another hectic week for Team O!

We have now had our second reference group meeting – “decision of the clinical needs”. Four hours to go from ten needs to four! It was an exciting meeting, talking to the doctors and midwifes getting their input. It was an interesting discussion, with each person adding to it by giving their personal insight to the problems and needs.

The four needs that we will be moving forward with are:

  1. Optimizing the usage of the operation unit
  2. Improving the DRG-coding at the clinic
  3. Minimizing the information gap between health personnel and patients
  4. Decrease environmental impact at the hospital by creating good storage solutions 

    Team O - happy after a succesfull reference group meeting.

    Team O – happy after a succesfull reference group meeting.

We are now in the stage of finding master thesis students to take on these projects, the end of the week was spent sending out ads to get students interested in joining us in the improvement work. If you want to read more about our projects visit:

We are also moving forward with our commercial needs, spending most of thursday deep diving into the different needs and looking into gaps in our need formulations. Speed validation is getting easier!

"It's been a hard days work" - our commercial needs being sorted into groups.

“It’s been a hard days work” – our commercial needs being sorted into groups.

Every hard work needs a celebration (kudos to Gustav, the team psychologist, for reminding us of this) – which is why we set a date for celebrating the work and preparation for reference group meeting 2 – “decision of the clinical needs”. We celebrated by having a dinner together and playing guitar hero. Some (john) were better at it than others.

//Désirée for Team Obstetrics

Team Infection: Underwater Meeting

As we advanced in our quick post, we had our second Reference Group Meeting: a second encounter with the group of healthcare professionals that evaluated the 10 needs that we had especially selected. These needs, after a long process of formulation, filtering and development, gave birth to the 4 needs that will turn into Master’s Thesis proposals for students to cover, generating a positive outcome to the healthcare system as well.

Without giving out too much, these are related to current challenges that the Infectious Diseases Department faces, from data entry to keeping top-notch staff , from tackling the department’s growth to facing the effects of physical and psychological isolation.


Peter handling the situation at our second Reference Group Meeting

We also had our first Business Mentor Meeting, where we met some of our business mentors and exposed them some of the needs that we think that have business potential. From market size to stakeholder situations, we all went through these selected needs in order to explore them as candidates for working towards solving them, with a business perspective.

After this terribly hectic pair of weeks, we took a little break at Centralbadet, where we took a swim and discussed about our immediate and long term future and prospects. One of the many things we agreed upon, as a team, is to take some more of these breaks, as we must not forget that we have to celebrate from time to time.


What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold!

After a lecture from TLV, the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency, about reimbursement and added values on medical technologies, we prospected possible places for our future office and workshop, side by side with Team O. It would be wonderful if we both teams could share a workplace one again, as we hope we inspire them as much as they inspire us.


Quality Adjusted Life Expectancy or QALY’s: a way to determine the impact of a treatment in quality of life as well as life expectancy

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José (Team Infection)

Team Obstetrics: So Many Needs and So Little Time

During the last week we have been working intensively with the local needs that are specific to the clinic. With the help of our clinical supervisor and our clinical mentor we filtered down our long list to ten needs which can have a high impact for the clinic if addressed. To get a broad and diverse input to these needs we distributed detailed descriptions of these needs and then discussed them individually with several midwifes and doctors. We put so much time on this, because next week we will, together with the clinic, choose three to four needs, to which we will recruit students to work on solution as their Master’s Thesis project.

Lunch break walk in the snow behind the hospital.

Lunch break walk in the snow behind the hospital.

But the week has not only been about filtering needs, but also about learning and personal development. On Monday we had our first individual sessions with our psychologist. The content of these sessions is as individual as it is secret, but I believe we all worked on developing personal strategies to improve some aspect of our work in the fellowship team.  Furthermore we had a workshop together with the other team, in which we discussed how to work with our commercial needs. We discussed specific needs as well as strategies how to evaluate these needs and in the end filter down to only a handful. Having more than 200 commercial needs, filtering down will be a challenge that we are ready to meet in the upcoming weeks. On Friday we had a lecture on the reimbursement system for medical products in Sweden, knowledge that will come in handy when deciding which needs are worth pursuing.

We also started thinking about practical aspects of the work that is ahead of us and looked at an office and prototyping workshop space which we could use once we have decided which of the commercial needs is the chosen on. At least some of us are looking forward to getting their hands dirty in prototyping.

Will this be the table where we do our prototyping?

Will this be the table where we do our prototyping?


Fritzi // Team Obstetrics