November 07, 2022

Heersink Innovation Institute offers Healthcare Innovation Academy

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Pillay presenting on idea generation and healthcare trendsPillay presenting on idea generation and healthcare trendsThe Marnix E. Heersink Institute for Biomedical Innovation has launched a program for health care professionals who want to optimize their group's quality, access, and solutions through creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. To achieve this goal, the institute has partnered with UAB Medicine to offer the Healthcare Innovation Academy.

“Participants will learn how to organize and manage innovation in health care by learning from the successes and challenges of various health and non-health organizations that have been on similar journeys of transformation,” said Rubin Pillay, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of the Marnix E. Heersink Institute of Biomedical Innovation, assistant dean for Global Health Innovation, and chief innovation officer, UAB Health System.

flores hiaFlores discussing human centered designThe first two sessions of this fall’s cohort were held on Oct. 4 and 18, 2022. The first focused on the definition and purpose of innovation and the future of health care.

Pillay spoke on problem identification and idea generation. He was joined by Jose Flores, Associate Director of Innovation, who facilitated a workshop on human-centered design philosophy and solution development.

Future academy sessions include topics such as IP, legal, and regulatory considerations, developing a business model, and storytelling and persuasion.

To learn more or nominate yourself or a colleague for the Healthcare Innovation Academy, email