About the School of Health Innovation (SHI)

School of Health Innovation aims to couple researchers in the fields of healthcare and life sciences with businesses and teach them practical innovation and entrepreneurship skills.

There is a large untapped potential for innovation and entrepreneurship for students, researchers and other employees.  

With this initiative we will try to promote a mindset among students, researcher, clinicians and other employees who can contribute to innovation "in all the ways of life"; in public institutions, in healthcare, in global health and as managers, employees and entrepreneurs in business. 

The ultimate aim of the School of Health Innovation is to equip the healthcare researchers with the tools and knowledge to innovate services, create new companies with their research ideas, or bring their research ideas and talent into existing companies.


School of Health Innovation is an initiative by University of Oslo (UiO), NTNU in Trondheim, University of Copenhagen (KU), and Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm developed in collaboration with Nansen Neuroscience Network. Other collaborators in the business community are Norway Health Tech and Oslo Cancer Cluster. The programme of the School is also developed in collaboration with University of Bergen (UiB) and University of Tromsø (UiT).

Originally established at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo (UiO), the School of Health Innovation is from June 2022 a part of the services provided by the inhouse innovation unit the Life Science Growth House at UiO which is a collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science at UiO.


Case-based learning is a core part of the programme, and cases are developed in collaboration between the partnering universities and companies presenting in the programme. Project-based learning is another central part of the programme, where the participants are given the opportunity to develop an idea from their own research environment.

Target groups

The School of Health Innovation is a Scandinavian programme open for PhDs and postdocs from the organisers University of Oslo (UiO), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm and the University of Copenhagen (KU) as well as any other Nordic university.

Our vision

Improving health through strengthening researchers' capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Learning outcomes

The participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the opportunities of health innovation and entrepreneurship for utilisation of research
  • Apply scientific background and new knowledge of health innovation to address challenges and develop services and products within a clinical setting and a biopharma/medtech setting
  • Use various business tools for ideation and feasibility studies; to develop, prototype and test solutions in response to user needs
  • Develop a business plan based upon a novel idea and communicate a business plan to people within the startup world 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how technology transfer offices (TTOs) and other innovation support actors can support the commercialization process
  • Apply the basics in financing a startup company from private and governmental funding bodies
  • Discuss and argue for different types of intellectual property and intellectual assets, and establish patent strategies
  • Assess their skills in health innovation and reflect on the exploitation of their own research
  • Combine being a scientist and a health innovator/entrepreneur
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A collaboration between

University of Oslo (UiO), NTNU in Trondheim, University of Copenhagen, Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm and Nansen Neuroscience Network with grants from Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Published June 29, 2022 10:06 AM - Last modified Aug. 10, 2022 3:55 PM