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An innovation platform sponsored by the Novo Nordisk Foundation

ENTER THE BETA.HEALTH ACADEMY — WHERE WE SHARE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO INNOVATE IN HEALTHCARE.

The BETA.HEALTH Academy is our open platform for sharing knowledge about innovation, emerging technologies and new ways of translating scientific discoveries into practice. Soon you’ll find a variety of articles, thought pieces, guides, and links to courses to spark the innovative mind.

Academy

The Academy is led by the BETA.HEALTH team with a mission to develop the competencies necessary to drive clinical innovation and to promote and facilitate an innovation mindset, culture and leadership among clinical researchers. It aims to bridge the gap between a research-based focus and tangible healthcare innovations. The Academy believes that innovation should be recognised and accepted as a highly relevant skill in hospitals as a way to bring clinical research and new inventions to market, ultimately improving patient care and outcomes.

To support this mission, the Academy collaborates with leading subject-matter experts to provide hands-on training, learning and other opportunities for clinical researchers to develop competencies related to clinical innovation.

Core Activities

The Academy’s core activities consist of:

  • Boot camps and courses aimed at skills development
  • Events and masterclasses aimed at promoting interest in clinical innovation
  • Engaging the clinical innovation community through networking events and ambassadorship

Education

The 'boot camp' is a two-day kickoff for the BETA.HEALTH accelerator programme. It's held two times per year, and it provides the project teams with core innovation knowledge and a project-specific acceleration plan. 

The Academy’s hands-on courses are led by industry experts and partners. They’re designed to empower clinical researchers with the tools and competencies necessary to drive clinical innovation from inception though implementation. 

In addition to these Academy-hosted training opportunities, the Academy is a resource for clinical researchers wanting to discover other relevant courses, masterclasses, and innovation training. In tandem, these training opportunities cover topics like business-case development, sustainable and green innovations, how to pitch a project, and regulatory demands.

The Clinical Innovation Community

The Academy is in the midst of developing a strong community characterised by an innovative culture and mindset. We’re creating a meeting place where innovative researchers can meet like-minded people, exchange knowledge and inspiration, share their experiences in overcoming barriers to innovation, and advance the conversation about what innovation means to the future of healthcare in Denmark – and beyond.

Upcoming Events

18 June 2024 (13:00–16:30) – Aarhus University Hospital
AI Academy: AI Development in the Central Jutland Region

In this second of four sessions, we’ll delve deeper into the intersection of AI, healthcare, and personal development in the Central Jutland Region with a focus on how to develop and implement new AI solutions.

This session will build on the introductory knowledge shared in the previous session, equipping healthcare professionals, researchers and managers with a baseline understanding of what it takes to develop and implement AI-enabled solutions at the regional level.

During this session, participants will:

  • Learn which perspectives must be taken into account when developing a new AI solution for use in the Region.
  • Explore concrete examples of AI projects with various development horizons, with a practical emphasis on preparation, timeframe and development processes.
  • Receive specific guidelines about the requirements and obligations of organisations, management and employees wishing to develop AI solutions for use in the Region.
  • Have an opportunity for further networking around a common field of interest.

Agenda:
13.00 – 13.15:
Welcome & Introduction to BETA.HEALTH Academy
13.15 – 13.45:  Clinical Perspective on What’s Required to Develop AI
14.15 – 14.45: Technical Perspective on What’s Required to Develop AI
14.30 – 15.00: Legal Perspective on What’s Required to Develop AI
14.45 – 15.00: Coffee & Networking
15.00 – 15.30: Data Perspective on What’s Required to Develop AI
15.30 – 16.00: A Business Perspective on What’s Required to Develop a Successful AI Implementation within the Region
16.00 – 16.20:  AUH Innovation & International Affairs ­– AI Experiences & Considerations
16.20 – 16.30:  Thank You & Goodbye

Event location: 
Regionshuset Aarhus ­(Conference Room)
Olof Palmes Alle 15
8200 Aarhus N  

This event will be held in Danish.

For more information and to register, please send an e-mail to Christina Egelund Antonsen: chrant@rm.dk

21 June 2024 (13:00–15:00) – Rigshospitalet
How to Apply for a BETA.HEALTH Grant

Are you wondering if your project might be eligible for a BETA.HEALTH grant?

Join us for this session, and get advice on who should apply with what, and how to compose a grant-winning application!

Event location:
Blegdamsvej 60 B.
Opgang 94 A, 1. sal
2100 Copenhagen Ø
It's also possible to join this session remotely via Teams.

To register: Please send an email to ditte.thoegersen@regionh.dk

15 August 2024 (14:30–16:00) – Rigshospitalet
Find the Right Kind of Funding for Your Project

Let's meet and talk strategy!

We've invited Innovationsfonden, BII and EIFO to advise us on various funding sources for different stages of your innovation journey.

This session is targeted to BETA.HEALTH alumni but is open to all.

Event location:
Blegdamsvej 60 B.
Opgang 94 A, 1. sal
2100 Copenhagen Ø
It's also possible to join this session remotely via Teams.

To register: Please send an email to ditte.thoegersen@regionh.dk



23 August 2024 (13:00–16:00) – Rigshospitalet
Workshop: Stakeholder Analysis, Personas, User Journeys

Take your project to new heights by enhancing its user readiness.

This workshop is designed for hands-on progress for your project in its current stage.

Here's what you can expect:

  • Stakeholder Analysis:
    Conduct a comprehensive stakeholder analysis to distinguish between various customer groups, users, beneficiaries and potential business partners..
  • Persona Creation:
    Utilise a template to craft detailed personas, providing valuable insights into your target audience.
  • Product/ User Journey Mapping:
    Delve into the intricacies of the product or user journey, offering a precise depiction of how stakeholders interact with your solution.

This workshop employs a blend of concise presentations and interactive team activities, all supported by the BETA.HEALTH innovation team.

Event location:
Blegdamsvej 60 B.
Opgang 94 A, 1. sal
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Workshop participation requires an active project and a minimum of two project participants.

To register: Please send an email to ditte.thoegersen@regionh.dk

We have more events in the pipeline! We’ll share information as soon as it's available.


Past Events

Here's a sampling of past Academy-sponsored events.

10 June 2024
AI Academy: An Introduction to AI in Healthcare in the Central Jutland Region

Join us for the first of four sessions covering artificial intelligence (AI) innovation in healthcare – specifically as it relates to the Central Jutland Region. The first two sessions will be held in June, and the final two will be held in October.

This session is designed to equip healthcare professionals, researchers and managers with an introductory level of theoretical and practical knowledge to help them navigate the intersection of AI, healthcare, and professional development.

If you’re interested in using AI to enhance healthcare delivery within the Region’s healthcare system, this session is for you!

6 May 2024
IPR Strategy: with or without AI

Join us for a session with Partner at Høiberg, Head of Hightech and Software and European Patent & Design Attorney, Peter Borg Gaarde, who will offer hands-on advice tailored to your project's Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) strategy. Delve into the pros and cons of pursuing a patent – and gain valuable insights to help shape your project's trajectory.

In the second half of the session, we'll turn our focus to projects with an AI component. There are myths going around that these cannot be protected. We'll provide you with face time with a patent attorney who might just tell you otherwise!

23 April 2024
What is BETA.HEALTH & the 'accelerator programme'?

Since 2022, the BETA.HEALTH programme has provided funding and accelerator support to 18 projects based at AUH – yet we often hear that people don't quite understand what we do.

Join us for a quick session to learn more about the BETA.HEALTH programme, and see examples of how our innovation experts have helped turn good ideas into patient-facing solutions.

You'll have an opportunity at the end to confirm your project's eligibility for the 'Summer 2024' call, opening on June 1st.

5 April 2024
Hands-On Business Development Workshop

During this workshop, we'll guide you through the Business Model Canvas and help you sharpen your revenue streams, resources and customer relations.  

This engaging workshop will be led by associate professor Markus Simeth from the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School, and Serial Entrepreneur and Innovation Consultant Peter Brito Stegger from the BETA.HEALTH team.

Key workshop focus areas:

  • Value Proposition, Channels and Customer Relationships:
    Learn how to make a compelling case in the eyes of your customer.
  • Key Partners, Activities and Resources:
    Refine and elevate your approach to entering the market successfully.
  • Cost Structure and Revenue Streams:
    Explore strategies to optimise your pricing model for maximum impact.

5 April 2024
Academy Friday Bar

Have a drink and chat with fellow health innovators! This event is open to both workshop participants and those who just want to mingle.

21 February 2024
Certifications & Public Procurement

This insightful session will provide an overview of Medical Device Regulations (MDR) and guide you through the CE certification process. It will also include a dedicated Q&A segment, offering the opportunity to address specific practical questions related to your project's current status.

The session's second theme will delve into crucial legal requirements concerning hospital procurement. Understanding these requirements is essential if you have future aspirations to sell your solution to public hospitals.

26 January 2024
Workshop: Stakeholder Analysis, Personas & User Journeys

Take your project to new heights by focusing on enhancing its customer readiness. Using a combination of concise presentations and interactive team activities, this workshop is designed to empower your team through a dynamic approach to customer engagement.

Topics include:

  • Stakeholder Analysis
    Conduct a comprehensive stakeholder analysis to distinguish between various customer groups, users, beneficiaries, and potential business partners.
  • Persona Creation
    Utilise a template to craft detailed personas, providing valuable insights into your target audience.
  • Product/User Journey Mapping
    Delve into the intricacies of the product or user journey, offering a precise depiction of how stakeholders interact with your solution.

26 January 2024
Academy Friday Bar

Have a drink and chat with fellow health innovators! This event is open to both workshop participants and those who just want to mingle.

14 November 2023
From Research to Spin-Out: A Conversation with Cessatech

Which path to patients is the most painless when you want to succeed with innovation? How can you minimise the costs associated with the regulatory approval process? What’s the best way to go about securing a partnership agreement with the industry?

Join BETA.HEALTH Academy to get answers to these and related questions. Jes Trygved, CEO of Cessatech (www.cessatech.com), will share the experiences, challenges and milestones he encountered on his company's journey from research at Rigshospitalet to creating a spin-out and unique partnership with the industry. 

26 October 2023 – 'Coffee & Knowledge' Session
ISO 13485
& Regulatory Frameworks for Startups
Two regulatory experts with many years of experience in the medical device industry will talk about how startups can begin the process of completing the prerequisite regulatory work for getting the approvals necessary to bring their products to patients.

Attendees can expect an introduction to ISO 13485 and an overview of the first steps toward establishing a regulatory framework in a startup. The session will be held in Danish, and is open to anyone who's interested in getting an overview and understanding of ISO 13485 standards and how to get started with implementation.

16 May 2023 – Meetup
Rigshospital Innovation Centre in Collaboration with BETA.HEALTH Academy
ChatGPT & LLM: The future of artificial intelligence in healthcare? 
AI and chatbots are already part of the healthcare landscape – and they’re expected to become even more common in the future. How can we ensure that we use this technology in the most ethical and beneficial way? Join our host, Henning Langberg, Chief of Innovation at Rigshospitalet and other industry experts to discuss this and other important questions about the future of AI in patient care and research. 

29 March 2023 – Masterclass

Are you planning to apply for a BETA.HEALTH grant? Join this masterclass and get access to sparring from clinical innovation experts and your peers. 12 cases aiming at implementation within Regions North, Midt and South can gain direct feedback on their cases during this class.

8 March & 12 April 2023 - Academy Workshop
Evidence-Based Argumentation

Do you have a healthcare innovation project that’s in need of an evidence-based argument regarding the value of the technology in order to gain support from hospital decision-makers? We’ll show you how to identify, select and highlight your innovation’s most important value and selling points – and how to get crucial support from hospital managers.

1 March 2023 – Online Journal Club
Sarasvathy Effecuation Theory as Innovation Management

In this online journal club, we'll discuss Effectuation Theory in the context of how managers can develop and lead a clinic that handles complex issues by supporting entrepreneurial action. We'll also elaborate on the science behind effectual reasoning in the context of innovation management.

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