KU Leuven was recently selected together with partners TU Delft and Erasmus University Medical Center to organise the first Belgian-Dutch Health Innovation Fellowship within the framework of the EIT Health Needs-Led Innovation Fellowships project.

The BENEFIT Fellowship is a one-year programme for postgraduates with a background in business, engineering, medicine and design. The programme brings together trainings in innovation and entrepreneurship in a real life clinical setting following the BioDesign methodology. BioDesign has been developed by Stanford University, and is now a global phenomenon leading to successful healthcare innovations around the world.

Interested fellows will be able to apply from 19 April 2021 onwards. The programme is expected to start in September 2021 with in an intensive bootcamp on topics such as the BioDesign methodology, innovation, business and entrepreneurship etc. and fellows are to graduate in May 2022. During the course of the programme, fellows will present at one of the clinical immersion sites – one team in University hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven) and one team in Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam – to observe and identify all the needs, typically approximately 200 to 300, and select one final need for which to bring a solution to the market. They will be trained and coached by various experts throughout the programme.

For more information about this brand-new project, the fellowship network or a full overview of the programme phases, please visit the BENEFIT website where you can also leave your contact details. Inge De Prins from the Faculty of Medicine is the Belgian programme coordinator. The programme is offered in English.

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