Healthcare as a Domain for Mastering the Skills of Product Development.

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Cornelis, Alfons; Baelus, Christiaan; Goethijn, Frank; Neyrinck, Johan; Van Goey, Jan; Cornelis, Mia; Goris, Joost
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Artesis University college Antwerp, Belgium
Section: Wellbeing
Page(s): 573-578
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


Healthcare is an important focus in our product development institute from the early seventies on. Last decennium every year about 25% of the students graduated on a thesis subject in the medical field. In 2011 eighteen of the fifty new masters in product development obtained their degree on a “Medic” subject. We highlight four of them: one product in preventive medicine, one in diagnostics and one in the therapeutic domain. The fourth example regards an instrument to support endoscopic assisted hip surgery. For each master thesis a patent search is required and a business model must be delivered.

Keywords: Product development, healthcare


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