Innovating in Healthcare for the First Time in Egypt

The eight participants of the Clinical Innovation Fellowships 2020 received their clinical immersion experience at the Children's Cancer Hospital 57357.

Clinical Innovation Fellowships Egypt 2020

Key Stats

  • Duration

    04.01.2020 to 31.12.2020

  • Location

    North Africa

The Clinical Innovation Fellowships is an eight-month innovation scholarship starting August 2020. It provides participants the opportunity to work in a transdisciplinary team following the Stanford Biodesign methodology. The program is arranged by enpact e.V., RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and EIT Health.

The program includes:

  • Bootcamp
  • Clinical Immersion period of 6 weeks in a dedicated healthcare organization
  • Expert lectures and workshops throughout duration of program
  • Mentoring by leaders from healthcare, venture capital and medtech industry
  • Support: Reference groups, coaches, mentors and team experts
  • Monthly stipend for selected participants

Aim of the program: 

  • Generate commercially viable innovations that can benefit the host organization and the local healthcare system as a whole
  • Grow a multidisciplinary network of fellows in the healthcare landscape
  • Educate clinical innovation fellows with a deep understanding of healthcare everyday work and the medtech industry

Who’s the program for? 

The program is targeting professionals who want to take part in leading medical innovation with a background in the following disciplines:

  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Design
  • Engineering

For the 2020 Clinical Innovation Fellowships, 8 participants were selected in total, two from each of the above disciplines. They had their clinical immersion experience at Children’s Cancer Hospital in Egypt (CCHE 57357), where they identified more than 400 needs and subsequently narrowed them down to a handful on which they worked on. The overall goal is to be able to generate solutions and further work on product development and business development for a healthcare-focused commercial product or service. Over the course of the program, the fellows from both teams received coaching and mentoring from various experts, covering a broad range of competencies and expertise.

Benefits of joining the program: 

  • A unique initiative

The goal of the Clinical Innovation Fellowship is to improve healthcare by identifying clinical needs and challenges gathered during clinical immersion and create solutions to address those needs. 

Participants have a background in medicine, engineering, design, and/or business and work in multidisciplinary teams throughout the program. For many of the participants, the program becomes the first step in creating a start-up in the medical technology field. 

The program is implemented by enpact e.V. is a joint initiative of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Karolinska Institutet (Kl), and EIT Health, inspired by, and in cooperation with, Stanford University Biodesign Fellowships. 

  • Local immersion, global market 

The Clinical Innovation Fellowship teams operate in Europe’s leading network for the systematic identification of clinical needs and development of solutions to impact healthcare worldwide. 

The initiative is based on clinical immersion in Egypt and supported by international partner organizations. 

  • Deep clinical experience

As a participant, you spend 6 weeks in the clinical immersion period where you can observe and interact with healthcare professionals and patients during everyday clinical practice. Each of the teams will be placed at a specific healthcare department where the clinical immersion will take place. They will work alongside the healthcare professionals in the department to assess needs and co-create innovative solutions.

Get to know more about the clinical immersion experience of Fellows 2020!

  • Multidisciplinary teams

Each team will consist of participants from the four different disciplines: medicine, engineering, business and design. The participants are experts in their fields and will have a solid academic background, thus creating a strong, multi-disciplinary team capable of providing long-term value for customers. 

  • Local and international support network

As a participant in the program, you become part of a wider network of leading organizations in medical innovation across Europe. The network provides a platform for the development and marketing of any solution that is developed within the fellowship program.

Clinical Innovation Fellowship timeline and process:

  • May 22nd – Application deadline
  • June – Applicant Interviews

All submitted applications will be reviewed by program management and successful candidates will be interviewed.

  • June – Assessment Day

During the assessment day, candidates will interview with program management, participate in assessment activities such as workshops, and solve cases. 

Only candidates who are able to attend the assessment day are eligible to join the program. 

  • July  – Offer

Selected candidates will receive an offer to join the program in the second week of July. 

  • August 1st – Program Starts
  • August 15th – Clinical Immersion Starts 
  • October 8th – Clinical Immersion Ends
  • March 29 – Graduation Ceremony

About partner organizations: 

RISE: Research Institutes of Sweden AB (RISE) is a Swedish state-owned research institute, collaborating together with universities, industry and the public sector to drive international competitive sustainable development and growth. RISE performs industry research and innovation as well as testing and certification.

EIT health: EIT Health was established in 2015, as a ‘knowledge and innovation community’ (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is made up of various KICs who each focus on a different sector, or area, of innovation – in our case, that is health and aging. The idea behind the EIT KICs is that innovation flourishes best when the right people are brought together to share expertise.  

Wuzzuf: The Clinical Innovation Fellowship is supported by WUZZUF as the Career & Recruitment Partner for the program. is created and managed by BasharSoft, a technology firm founded in 2009 and one of very few companies in the MENA region specialized in developing Innovative Online Recruitment Solutions for top enterprises and organizations.

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