Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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Lab Course BioInnovation: From an Unmet Clinical Need to a Promising Concept

by Prof. Navab
Tutors: Christoph Hennersperger, Dr. Benjamin Frisch

Type: Master Practical Course Module IN2106
Course Title: From an Unmet Clinical Need to a Promising Concept - Link to TUMOnline

Programs lab course: Biomedical Computing (Master), Informatics (Master), Informatics (Diploma)
Programs elective course: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, School of Managemengt
SWS: 6
ECTS: 10 Credits

Preliminary Meeting ("Vorbesprechung"): 28.01.2015, 11:00-11:45, MI 03.13.010
Weekly Meetings: See schedule below
The course will be conducted in English.


Please check back here regularly, as important news will be posted here.

  • January 30, 2015: Updated schedule, header information
  • January 14, 2015: Course website created.


Please apply for this lab course by mail in advance. We will select appropriate candidates based on their background, interests, and motiviation. The notification of acceptance to the course will be distributed before final courses have to be selected. Students from the medical faculty should send their CV, an up to date score sheet, and a paragraph explaining their motivation for applying to this course (10 lines max) to christoph.hennersperger@tum.de before 10-Apr-2015.

General content

In this hands-on seminar, you will learn how to successfully identify unmet clinical needs within the clinical routine and work towards possible and realistic solutions to solve those needs. Students will get to know tools helping them to be successful innovators in medical technology. This will include all steps from needs finding and selection to defining appropriate solution concepts, including the development of first prototypes.

During the course, necessary steps for successful idea and concept creation will be introduced to students and fully realized in interdisciplinary project teams comprised of physicists, informations scientists and business majors. During the project phase, each team will be supported by coaches from both industry and medicine, in order to allow for direct and continuous exchange. Thus, the following key points will be addressed during the course:

Needs finding

  • An unmet clinical need as an requirement from clinical practice which is not solved or not satisfactory in today's clinical routine.
  • Introduction to succesful observation and identification of clinical needs in practice.
  • Observe clinical practice and collect problems and complexities in today's medicine.

Concept generation

  • How to select promising needs from a collected list.
  • How to perform a productive brainstorming with people to find all crazy ideas.

From brainstorming to concept

  • Concept evaluation and selection.
  • Prototype development and evaluation.
  • Strategic planning and development.

Evolving your concept

  • Evaluate your concept with respect to feasibility and performance.
  • Construct and advance a concept prototype.
  • Test prototype in a real setting.

Working in interdisciplinary teams

  • 4 teams maximum
  • Each team will be consisting of interdisciplinary members (medical, business/economics, informatics, engineers, physicists, chemists, etc.)

Target Audience

We accept and encourage students of all possible disciplines to join for this lab course. Focusing on medical technology and applications to the clinical routine, we anticipate a broad field of studies as main audience, including:
  • Computer scientists
  • Engineers of any kind
  • Medical Students
  • Biologists, chemists, physicists
  • Business administration and economics students

Students should have basic knowledge and understanding of medical technology, with an interested in innovation within field. Due to the interdisciplinarity of project teams, skills within the respective area of specialty will be required throughout the progress of the lab course. We encourage students to work pro-actively with exchange within, but also across the borders of the teams.

Collaborating Medical Departments

  • Trauma Surgery - Klinikum der LMU Grosshadern
  • Neurosurgery - Klinikum der LMU Grosshadern
  • Vascular Surgery - Helios Kliniken München-West
  • Urology - Klinikum recht der Isar


Date Topic Conducted by Location Materials
Wed 28.01.2015 11:00 - 11:45 Preliminary meeting ("Vorbesprechung") Course Tutors TUM Garching MI 03.13.010 Slides
Mon 13.04.2015 15:00 - 17:00 Introductory meeting, course organization, schedule Course Tutors TUM Garching MI 03.13.010 Slides
Wed 15.04.2015 09:00 - 13:00 Needs finding from A-Z Course Tutors, Medical Experts, UnternehmerTUM Intderdisciplinary Research Lab Slides Slides
Mon 20.04.2015 10:00 - 12:00 All about teams, division into project groups, team and coach introduction Course Tutors TUM Institute for Advanced Studies Slides Slides
Mon 20.04.2015 13:00 - 16:00 Brainstorming and concept creation UnternehmerTUM TUM Institute for Advanced Studies Slides
Fri 19.05.2015 09:00 - 13:00 Needs evaluation and selection UnternehmerTUM UnternehmerTUM Slides
Wed 27.05.2015 09:00 - 12:00 Presentation and selection of clinical needs and Industry visit and first-hand entrepreneur's experience Course Participants Definiens AG  
Wed 03.06.2015 09:00 - 12:00 Presentation and selection of concept solving unmet need Course Participants UnternehmerTUM  
Wed 17.06.2015 09:00 - 12:00 Concept meeting, discussion with coaches and tutors Course Participants, Course Tutors, Coaches Intderdisciplinary Research Lab  
Wed 08.07.2015 09:00 - 12:00 Presentation of final concept with demonstrator and evaluation (jury) Course Participants Project Day out of Munich  

Course Phases

Period Working Phase
Mon 13.04.2015 - 26.04.2015 Tools at hand for successful innovation in medical technology
Mon 27.04.2015 - 22.05.2015 Clinical observation in practice and daily routine
Mon 23.05.2015 - 02.06.2015 Collection and preparation of needs
Mon 03.06.2015 - 09.06.2015 Concept brainstorming and creation
Mon 03.06.2015 - 09.06.2015 Creation of concept overview paper (1 page)
Mon 10.06.2015 - 07.07.2015 Prototype construction, concept development and testing

Passing requirements

  • Active participation and presence in the skills blocks and meetings
  • Submission of all assignments in time
  • Presentation of intermediate and final concept work.

Literature and Resources

Innovation projects

Title: From an Unmet Clinical Need to a Promising Concept
Professor: Prof. Nassir Navab
Tutors: Christoph Hennersperger, Dr. Benjamin Frisch
Type: Praktikum
Information: 10 ECTS
Term: 2015SoSe

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