Two day Innovation course for medical, health and life science technologies - derisking and accelerating product development


Open the door to business growth and personal development with Ascend Skills.

By popular demand, extra dates for this two-day innovation course have been added for organisations in the Healthcare Technologies sector. This course will help you optimise your innovation process to improve the probability of commercial success and increase your revenue up to three fold.

Discover ground breaking tools and methodologies to identify opportunities, uncover unmet clinical needs and learn how to translate these into product design. 

Techniques covered include ethnography, lead users, competitor analysis, portfolio planning tools, concept enrichment and selection and business case preparation.


Don't take our word for it...

“The course really helps to clarify the Innovation process and break down the steps required to support innovative development. I will definitely be using the different techniques learned to identify technology gaps and define future product development strategies within our business."

Jonathan Nosworthy - Development Manager, Advanced Medical Solutions

"The course provided me with tools and learning that will help develop our strategic direction, and will positively impact our innovation activities and consequently our growth."

Steven Neill, Head of Innovation & New Product Development, NIRI Technologies, Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute Ltd

“The Medilink two day innovation course was taught in a friendly and relaxed environment that stimulated a transfer of knowledge between delegates.”

Steve Nixon, Sales and Marketing Director, Viamed


Delivered by nationally accredited sector specialists


The Ascend Skills Innovation course is delivered by sector experts at Medilink, Innovation Services Manager Dr Patrick Trotter PhD, MBA (Techmgmt) (who has over 20 years of working in R&D for SMEs and multinationals and has founded and run two technology and innovation consultancies for the healthcare sector) and Medilink North West Executive Dr Paul Watt (who has over 22 years of experience working as a Senior Executive within the health technology sector and is also a patented inventor in his own right).


Date and location

Upcoming courses - 

Location: HGF Office, Manchester, M1 5WG
Date: 12 & 13 October, 2017
Cost: £495 for sector SMEs (Medilink member rate). £595 for sector SMEs. £995 for large companies.


What does the course cover?

  • Why the UK fails to translate invention to innovation
  • Innovation strategy and vision including portfolio planning Creating an innovative culture in your workplace
  • Identifying unmet customer needs and translating these into concept design
  • Evaluating new technologies
  • Product life cycle extension
  • Building the business case/research proposal
  • What is innovation?
  • Why is innovation important in growth of businesses?
  • Barriers to Innovation
  • Company vision and strategy
  • Portfolio management (including BCG matrix, bubble diagrams and multi-generation  product plans)
  • Culture, rewards and recognition and team structure
  • Market opportunity and unmet customer needs
  • Needs analysis, need segmentation and prioritisation
  • Converting needs in to product design (idea generation, enrichment and selection)
  • NHS drivers and the value proposition
  • Selling Ideas
  • Assessing innovation in your own workplace

Who should attend?

  • Senior executives responsible for new product development
  • Individuals/teams in R&D, marketing or operations roles
  • Universities (Scientists, research and innovation teams, technology transfer, research and business engagement.)
  • NHS staff (clinicians with ideas, procurement professionals, CCG’s who are involved with the evaluation of new technologies) NHS support organisations (CSUs, AHSNs etc.) and research institutions.

How much will it cost?

£495 for sector SMEs (Medilink member rate). £595 for sector SMEs.

£995 for large companies.

Booking more than one delegate onto the course?

Medilink skills training now offers a 20% discount for multiple delegates from one organisation attending the course. 


Book your place now!

For more information speak to our Skills Coordinator on 0114 232 9292 or email


Other courses available

Other training courses supported by funding include: Social Media and PR & Marketing 


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