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This June, Biocat has launched the eighth edition of the program with figures backing up its success: 95% of graduates from all editions have found a job in the healthcare sector and 30% of graduates are heading up their own company. Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming program, which will begin on 18 March 2022.

Design Health Barcelona (d·HEALTH Barcelona) is a six-month postgraduate program to train entrepreneurs and future leaders in healthcare innovation: medical technology and digital health. It is inspired by the Stanford University biodesign methodology, which guides students through a full innovation cycle from identifying a business idea based on a clinical immersion at a leading hospital in Barcelona through designing and prototyping a viable solution and developing the business model to take it to market.

Classes this time will be held at the Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB) and teams will have a workspace at BCN Tech City. Plus, for the first time, this year one of the projects will focus on a clinical area associated with minorities or groups at risk of exclusion.

Unique, transversal point: skills for innovating 

During the program, the fellows acquire knowledge of the healthcare ecosystem and sector, the medical technology and life sciences market, and business management and development from over 50 experts from Stanford and Silicon Valley, among others.

At the same time, throughout the training the program focuses on a series of transversal skills for innovating, which the fellows will be able to apply to any area of their life in the future. Critical thinking, creativity, design thinking, teamwork (the projects are developed by teams made up of fellows with a mix of science, business, engineering and design backgrounds), rhetoric and strategic business vision are some examples.

Some successful startups from previous editions include:

Breaz, which developed a system for early detection of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and are currently taking part in the Vision Health Pioneers Incubator bootcamp in Berlin.

Loop Dx, a system to quickly diagnose infections in patients suspected of having sepsis. 

usMIMA, from the first edition of the program, which has raised over €2 million for a medical device to fight chronic constipation. They are participating in Bridgehead Europe, the EIT Health program that helps companies to scale into new markets.

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