CTSI Innovation - Training
The Innovation as a Discipline (IaaD) program at CTSI provides advanced training in innovation to complement CTSI’s Innovations Training Program in the Institute of Clinical Research Education (ICRE). Our overall approach is to offer experiential training as well as advanced innovation seminars and workshops and to establish a promotion path in the school of medicine that values and rewards translation through commercialization.
We have co-developed a master’s level curriculum with the ICRE that draws on best practices from 4 Innovation Discipline Domains: Industry, Entrepreneurship, Academia, and Regulatory. Examples of topics we are integrating into the curriculum include the Stage-Gate® process (Industry), Peter Drucker’s applied research on innovation (Entrepreneurship), innovation literature (Academia), and 21 CFR 820.3 – Design Controls (Regulatory).”
We are augmenting the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) innovation curriculum by providing advanced training through seminars. Our series of Innovation Seminars feature external innovation leaders and entrepreneurs as speakers. This seminar series complements and contributes to the online introductory seminar series, Introduction to Accelerated Innovations being launched by ICRE.
Building upon the introduction of both innovation seminar series, we are establishing a series of experiential innovation workshops. Participants work side-by-side with invited external innovation leaders and entrepreneurs in hands-on design and problem solving exercises to hone their skills. Workshop topics encompass the four Innovation Discipline Domains: Industry, Entrepreneurship, Academia, and Regulatory, providing for a balanced training experience. Stay tuned for more information about these opportunities.
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We conceptualized and are co-leading the development of a new promotions and tenure track in the Pitt School of Medicine that rewards entrepreneurship accomplishments. We have been working with the vice dean and a group that includes department chairs and external entrepreneurs to develop criteria and metrics that can be incorporated into promotions and tenure criteria.
Innovation requires collaboration and stakeholder engagement, which can be enabled by experiential training. Working with the CTSI Community PARTners Core, we are developing and promoting opportunities to create teams that include clinicians, engineers, scientists, patients, community leaders, industry and business stakeholders, and others to address clinical and public health problems through commercial translation. Examples of our planned networking activities include:
The Innovation as a Discipline (IaaD) program will enhance formal courses and mentoring from the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) by organizing an Innovation Externship Program that will provide training in the four Innovation Discipline Domains: Industry, Entrepreneurship, Academia, and Regulatory. Externs will develop advanced skills of innovation and entrepreneurship such as market segmentation, high-fidelity prototyping and solution ideation, financial pro forma development, competitive analysis, pricing sensitivity analysis, and product lifecycle management. These skills supplement those acquired through ICRE’s innovation training programs and IaaD program seminars and other activities.
Check back for more information about this new program!