Summer School Industrial Perspectives on Innovative Medicine (IPIM)

From 24 to 28 August 2015, the Graduate School of Medical Sciences will for the first time organize the summer school Industrial Perspectives on Innovative Medicine (IPIM). The UMCG considers it important that students learn about private sector priorities and the societal impact of their research, in order for them to become fully equipped translational researchers.


IPIM is a one-week interactive school to which we invite different speakers from the private sector (Pharma/Drug Discovery; Biotech; Diagnostics; and Food & Nutrition), as well as experts in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property Rights, and research funding. Students gain insight into non-academic decision making processes and improve their perspective on the societal value of biomedical research. Additionally, they will gain hands-on experience in implementing some traditionally non-academic concepts in their research proposals, including:

  • Customer value
  • Competition
  • Competitive advantage (in relation to technological development/road-mapping)
  • Team Importance

On the final day, each assignment group will present their research proposal as an investor pitch. The pitch deemed the most original and commercially viable proposal by the judging panel will receive a prize!


IPIM is organized by the Graduate School of Medical Sciences of the University of Groningen/University Medical Center Groningen, in close cooperation with Frits Wijbenga of the Groningen Business Generator. During IPIM, students will get a chance to learn from representatives of both large and small pharmaceutical companies, as well as academic researchers and business developers.

Preliminary Program IPIM 2015

  Mon 24 Tue 25 Wed 26 Thu 27 Fri 28

Introduction to:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intellectual Property

Introduction to PHARMA with speakers from Sanofi and Syncom

Lead PI: prof. dr. Rob Henning

Introduction to DIAGNOSTICS with speakers from IQ Products and one other company (tbc)


Lead PI: prof. dr. Stephan Bakker

Write proposals in groups Proposal presentations

Introduction to:

  • Research funding

Students split into assignment groups coordinated by Frits Wijbenga of Business Generator Groningen

Introduction to BIOTECH  Speakers tbc

Introduction to FOOD & NUTRITION by representative of DSM

Lead PI: prof. dr. Kathrin Thedieck

Site visits Award ceremony


For whom?

Students in the second year of the Master Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation and students from selected partner universities.

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