Happy New Year! Happy New Ideas!

A new year has started and after a well needed Christmas break team obstetrics has started our work again. During christmas our thoughts on our four last commercial needs have been marinating and the first Monday back one of the needs was eliminated due to too research intensive.

Recap: Just a few weeks before christmas we decided on four commercial needs to move forward with. We have spent these last weeks on learning more about them, interviewing people (according to the Mom Test – Fritzi held a seminar for the rest of us) and brainstorming solutions in and outside the box. One big help was having Maria from the Barcelona program coming to visit us. She gave us some new tools to work with, to analyze all different aspects of our needs and make an overall evaluation.

So “Ideation phase”. We are working on brainstorming and getting all ideas out of our systems! Both crazy and more predictable ones. Trying to think of new things. Look at the problems in new ways. We have tried brainstorming games, individual brainstorming sessions, group sessions and structured brainstorming. We try to be open minded and keep our eyes open for new solutions that we haven’t seen yet. Short google searches show that there are few thoughts that are truly original. But we’ll see what we can do!

Luckily enough we had a ideation workshop about brainstorming with Anna Thies on Friday. It took our ideation to new levels.

Anna Thies' workshop.

Anna Thies’ workshop.

At the same time we are planning for our students to arrive at the hospital. We are preparing access cards, lectures and meetings. We are looking forward to starting working for solutions with our four clinical needs and believe our students will do a great work.

2017 – here we go!

//Désirée – for team O

Team Infection: Back To Work

After we took some time off for Christmas Break, with even some of us returning back to our countries for the holidays… we are back!

Team Infection is currently working in a commercial need related with patient behavior and making healthcare even more efficient. As you can imagine, changing people’s behavior can be extremely difficult, especially if it requires a change of routines or habits. Taking that into mind, we are trying to turn it around somehow, making use of those pre-existing behaviors and information, to actually adapt the system to the patient, and not the other way around.

We are also preparing the Clinical Report that we will deliver to the Infectious Diseases Clinic at Danderyds Sjukhus, in which we are suggesting solutions that aim towards real change.

Our master students will be visiting next week the wards, so we are preparing for them an agenda for their kick-off day, where we will show them the clinic, meet the staff and give them guidelines about how to behave at the hospital.

Finally, to end the week, we had a Brainstorming workshop with Anna Thies, Clinical Innovation Fellow:


Short calm lecture before the Brainstorm

We had the opportunity to play around with different brainstorming tools, like posting ideas individually or building ideas based on others. It definitely was a fitting tool at this moment, when we are working so thoughtfully with our need! Thank you Anna!

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

José (Team Infection)

No idea is too crazy

The past week we finally started with brainstorming, an activity all of us had been looking forward to for weeks. We decided to do brainstorming on all of our four top needs before we decide which one we will move further forward with. And so we sat together for hours and filled the walls of our meeting room with magic whiteboards full of post-its, sketches and crazy ideas.

In parallel we were also preparing for in-depth interviews with patients and experts from healthcare to learn even more about our four needs and get some additional inspiration.

Maria as moderator for our first brainstorming session

Maria was the moderator for our first brainstorming session

Brainstorming with Maria

Brainstorming with Maria

At the beginning of the week we had a visitor – Maria from d·Health, the Biodesign Fellowship Program in Barcelona, joined us for two days to get in touch with healthcare in Sweden and to see how breastfeeding mothers are supported at a Swedish hospital. She also helped us to kick-off the brainstorming by introducing some methods she had learned during her time in the fellowship program. Many thanks to Maria for leading a wonderful brainstorming session!

Towards the end of the week we used another opportunity to learn from the experience of an earlier fellowship team. We visited Pilloxa, a startup founded by fellows of the program from 2014/2015 and bribed them with cake and beers into sharing there learnings from surviving as a start-up within healthcare with us. Many different topics, such as team development, financing, work organization and the specific challenges for start-ups within healthcare were discussed. I won’t reveal any of the many tips we got here – if you want them to share some of their advice with you, you will have to try to convince them yourselves.

It is only one week left before Christmas but we are prepared to use it to its max for brainstorming and interviews.
Fritzi // Team Obstetrics

Team Infection: The One Need

Finally we have reached our objective for this week: we have decided which need we are going to work with.


Value Proposition Canvas on one of the needs, one of the multiple tools that helped us discard possible candidates

Now we are going to work deeply with this need, iterating in function of how the on-going process reveals new information, as part of the Biodesign process. Our first step is to define the assumptions we have made about our need, and rank them by importance and priority. There are (allegedly) a big number of unknown unknowns.

Ranked this assumptions, it is important to understand which ones we can actually tackle in a timely way, as Christmas will be a difficult time for interviews and in-field probing.

We are also drafting what will become our Clinical Report, which will be delivered to the Infectious Diseases Clinic, with suggestions and assessments for the betterment of the Clinic.

As part of the Clinical Innovation Fellowships we are as well compiling a list of 20 commercial needs that will be added to the Fellowship’s Need Database, which will help future fellows if they ever need to dig into something we stumbled upon before.

Last but not least, we had the privilege to get some time from one of the Clinical Innovation Fellowships success stories, Pilloxa. We visited their office and had a very enjoyable afterwork, where we learned about some of the challenges we will have to tackle in the near future, if we pursue the testing life of the start-up creator. Thank you Per & Francesco!

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

José (Team Infection)

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!

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

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!

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

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!

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

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).

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

José (Team Infection)