Medical Universities Begin Testing a Technology Entrepreneurship Training Course


RVC, in association with the I.M.Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, conducted an educational intensive for university teachers intending to introduce a pilot course in technological entrepreneurship in the field of healthcare. During the spring semester, operator-universities will test the content and formats of the curriculum, and in the fall, a refined course will be introduced in eight universities in Russia.

The course on entrepreneurship development in the field of biomedicine and healthcare technologies is being developed by the RVC and the First Moscow State Medical University named after Sechenov together with industry experts. Its task is to teach students to develop their projects and work on the commercialisation of technologies in the field of medicine, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare.

At an educational intensity, representatives of interested universities studied the structure and content of the course, worked out formats for its implementation taking into account the specifics of their universities, made plans for the piloting period, and also met representatives of the innovation ecosystem and industry experts for further interaction with projects.

Aleksei Gusev, Director for Development of the RVC Innovation Ecosystem
It is fundamentally essential for us that the tools for the development of technological entrepreneurship have maximum practical value specifically for the NTI markets. Therefore, cooperation with all universities that are ready to work with companies in the Healthnet and Neuronet markets is of such importance to us. It is important to note that we are deliberately not limited only to medical universities and are very pleased that several leading technical and classical universities have joined the approbation process.

The main feature of the course is its practical nature. Students will work as a team on an entrepreneurial project or a start-up case. Interaction with start-ups will be carried out, among other things, as part of the Future Tech Job project of the Moscow Innovation Agency, which will also enable students to take an internship at a technology company. Lectures with successful cases, online materials with speeches by leading industry experts from industrial partners R-Pharm, Biokad, etc. will be embedded in the course.

Vadim Tarasov, the Director of the Institute of Translational Medicine and Biotechnology, I.M.Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University
The significant specifics of our market dictates the creation of a specialised course. The duration and complexity of the technological development cycle, the need for multiphase clinical trials of medicines and medical devices, the nuances of state and international regulatory, and many other aspects — all these make the markets related to medicine and pharmaceuticals entirely unlike the others. The course should answer all these questions and help medical students to master the necessary skills of entrepreneurship.

In the spring semester of 2020, the course will be tested at two medical universities — the I.M.Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and the Siberian State Medical University, as well as at the National Research University MIET and Novgorod State University. Besides, pilot universities will be involved in operators of the course “Innovative Economics and Technological Entrepreneurship” — Lomonosov Moscow State University and Moscow Polytechnic University. Students of these universities will become participants in interdisciplinary platforms where students from medical and technical fields will meet.

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