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Seminar ICT in life sciences innovations

Website:website containing additional information
Course code:INFOMILSI
Credits:7.5 ECTS
Period:period 4 (week 17 through 27, i.e., 23-4-2012 through 6-7-2012; retake week 34)
Timeslot:B
Participants:up till now 18 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in Osiris
Teachers:Dit is een oud rooster!
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seminar          Marco Spruit
Wienand Omta
Michiel Meulendijk
     
Contents:

By now you will have already written a substantial amount of research papers as part of various courses. This course, however, is quite different as you will enter the world of preparing grant proposals to apply for research funding of ICT-related innovations within the Life Sciences domain.

The weekly lectures will provide insight into the current state of innovation through information and communication technologies within the life sciences domain, and on how to write successful grant proposals within this domain. The lectures will be presented by both guest speakers and course lecturers.

The weekly workshops will be structured around the CORETEST recommendation for performing an extensive feasibility analysis of a research idea (see Literature section). A CORETEST consists of an investigation of conceptual, organizational, economic, technological and societal aspects of an innovative idea. Issues to be covered include:

  • brainstorming towards an innovative idea,
  • developing a conceptual model of the intended venture,
  • exploring the market and its key players,
  • identifying potential partners,
  • predicting product purchase and usage based on literature and survey results,
  • modeling information exchange and usability, and
  • calculating potential societal gains resulting from implementing the proposed project.

Also managerial tasks like time planning and costs budgeting are integrated throughout the project. You will first try out your pitch within the familiar workshop setting before you’ll pitch the innovative idea to a professional jury. Then, you’ll have only limited time to incorporate all feedback before you have to submit the final grant proposal to the teaching staff.

This year we have guest speakers from the Departments of ICS, Chemistry, and Cell Biology, but also from the University's Science Shop, Accenture and Deloitte, as well as from the University of Amsterdam. Topics covered include feasibility analysis, the Dutch healthcare sector, biomolecular mass spectrometry and Proteomics, high-throughput screening, decision support in Veterinary science, marketing strategy in Life Sciences innovation, how to write grant proposals, semantic web technology in the life sciences domain, and trends & IT strategy in healthcare innovation.

Finally, consider the following incentive: if the proposal is really really good we will consider submitting it for real. Else, if the proposal is quite good but not quite there yet, we may use it as a starting point for further development in which you might play a role as well.

Literature:

TBA in detail, but will include at least:

Course form:A seminar as a course form implies that, as a group, students closely cooperate and actively participate in all activities. Students -- in small project groups -- prepare meetings based on weekly assignments, present reviews of papers, peer review each other documents, pitch their innovative idea to both peer and professional juries, and write a complete grant proposal that concludes the seminar. Weekly, meetings will be scheduled to discuss papers on life science informatics and innovation. Meetings will include guest lectures by professionals in the fields of life sciences, ICT innovation and funding.
Exam form:Presence at all meetings is a precondition for delivering a complete grant proposal at the end of the course, and passing this course. The final grant proposal (G) will be reviewed and graded by the lecturers, but will incorporate the feedback of the jury appropriately. The official pitch (P) of the concept proposal will be graded as well. Note that P consists of proposal and presentation quality as a whole. Furthermore, your level of participatorial engagement (E) during the entire course will be taken into account appropriately. Note that there will not be a written exam.

Final grade = (2*G + P + E) / 4.

Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:

To qualify for the second chance exam, you need to have

  • submitted a complete grant proposal before the deadline. This year the deadline is July 5, 2012.
  • attended 80% or more of the weekly meetings. This year we'll have 18 meetings, so your presence is required at least 15 times.
  • scored a 5.0 or higher for both grade components.
Note that you only get a second chance at passing the course through a revised grant proposal (G). The pitch (P) and engagement (E) components of your final grade cannot be upgraded anymore.
Description:

Positioning

As this course is related to the MBI courses Seminar Medical Informatics (INFOMSMI) and ICT Entrepreneurship (INFOIE), the table below may help clarify their mutual relationships through several key aspects.

 

Legend for Course focus table below

+

yes, this focus is included in this course

o

maybe, this focus could be part of this course

-

no, this focus is not covered in this course


Course focus:

INFOMILSI

ict.lifesc.

INFOMSMI

med.inf.

INFOIE

ict-entr.

Writing a grant proposal

+

-

-

Contributing to innovation

+

o

-

Pitching an innovative idea

+

-

+

ICT innovation

+

-

+

Life sciences domain

+

+

o

Writing a scientific paper

-

+

-

Entrepreneurship

o

-

+

Developing a software product

o

-

+

Starting a business and making money

-

-

+

Intended audience

Graduation profile:

INFOMILSI

ict.lifesc.

INFOMSMI

med.inf.

INFOIE

ict-entr.

Researcher of ICT

+

+

-

Product software entrepreneur

+

-

+

Business consultant

o

+

+

ICT-consultant

o

o

+

As a scientific or industrial researcher you will be required to regularly acquire project funding from governmental agencies (e.g. NWO, ZonMW). As a business/ICT consultant you may get involved in national or international tenders (e.g. Aanbestedingskalender). And last but not least, as an aspiring product software entrepreneur you can attempt to obtain R&D funding specifically for SMEs to develop innovations (e.g. STW, SBIR, Eurostars) or enter your innovative product into one of the many award competitions (e.g. Herman Wijffels innovatieprijs, Website of the year).

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