Lesson Learned in Medical Devices

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This post is part of our series on the National Science Foundation I-Corps Lean LaunchPad class in Life Science and Health Care at UCSF. Doctors, researchers and Principal Investigators in this class got out of the lab and hospital talked to 2,355 customers, tested 947 hypotheses and invalidated 423 of them.  The class had 1,145 engagements with instructors and mentors…read full post.

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Lessons Learned in Digital Health

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This post is part of our series on the National Science Foundation I-Corps Lean LaunchPad class in Life Science and Health Care at UCSF…read full post.

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We’ve seen the Future of Translational Medicine and it’s Disruptive

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A team of 110 researchers and clinicians, in therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health in 25 teams at UCSF, has just shown us the future of translational medicine.  It’s Lean, it’s fast, it works and it’s unlike anything else ever done. It’s going to get research from the lab to the bedside cheaper and faster…read full post.

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How Do You Want to Spend Your Next 4 Years of Your Life?

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As our Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences class winds down, a good number of the 26 teams are trying to figure out whether they should go forward to turn their class project into a business…read full post.

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When Customers Make You Smarter

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We talk a lot about Customer Development, but there’s nothing like seeing it in action to understand its power. Here’s what happened when an extraordinary Digital Health team gained several critical insights about their business model. The first was reducing what they thought was a five-sided market to a simpler two-sided one…read full post.

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It’s Time to Play Moneyball: The Investment Readiness Level

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Investors sitting through Incubator or Accelerator demo days have three metrics to judge fledgling startups – 1) great looking product demos, 2) compelling PowerPoint slides, and 3) a world-class team. We think we can do better….read full post.

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When Product Features Disappear – Amazon, Apple and Tesla and the Troubled Future for 21st Century Consumers

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One of the great innovations of the 21st century are products that are cloud-connected and update and improve automatically. For software, gone are the days of having to buy a new version of physical media (disks or CD’s.) For hardware it’s the magical ability to have a product get better over time as new features are automatically added…read full post.

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Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences – Revenue Streams

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We’re teaching a Lean LaunchPad class for Life Sciences and Health Care (therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health) at UCSF with a team of veteran venture capitalists. The class has talked to 2,056 customers to date…read full post.

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Well They “Should” be Our Customers

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When scientists and engineers who’ve been working in the lab for years try to commercialize their technology they often get trapped by their own beliefs  – including who the customers are, what features are important, pricing…read full post.

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Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences – Distribution Channels

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We’re teaching a Lean LaunchPad class for Life Sciences and Health Care (therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health) at UCSF with a team of veteran venture capitalists. The class has talked to 1,780 customers to date…read full post.

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