Focused on real-world medical innovation opportunities
Collaboration across medicine, technology, and business
linQ Innovation Method accelerates impact
New project discovery with high potential to achieve health impact and without the constraints of a single lab or organization.
Process driven by you in a multi-disciplinary team based environment. Past teams have established new lines of research, launched start-ups, and embarked on new career trajectories.
Mentored by a unique network of leading experts in their field from academic research and industry that shortens the time to realize meaningful healthcare outcomes.
A proven MIT linQ Innovation Method that focuses on real-world medical innovation opportunities and accelerates impact.
The first six months
Proof of Need
Proof of Need: Identify and evaluate relevant unmet medical needs by visiting laboratories, talking with clinicians, and exploring the literature.
Proof of Opportunity
Proof of Opportunity: Identify and evaluate a set of possible solutions. Meet with key stakeholders to assess their potential of solving the unmet need.
Project Proposal: Develop a research project plan with milestones over a 12-18 month time frame.
Outcome: Portfolio of validated research projects for ongoing mentorship, with real opportunity to transition to the project execution phase, project execution—exploration of funding and commercialization opportunities. Learn more about the Catalyst process
January 2022–mid-July 2022:
- January 3, 2022: First session
- Availability to meet during program schedule
- Mondays, 10am-1pm ET, sessions held remotely
- Three 3-day working sessions, which may involve travel: January 18-20, February 15-17, and May 10-12.
- Compatibility with current job, training or activity
- As appropriate, approval of your supervisor
- See FAQs for more details
After mid-July 2022:
While the initial commitment is for 6 months, given that the objective is for you and other Fellows to nucleate a new research/innovation project, candidates should consider the feasibility of working beyond the initial 6 months. Practically speaking, the time required will continue to be at least 20%, but many Fellows have found ways to devote more time than that to accelerate their progress. Again, no a priori commitment is expected, but if you are certain that it would be impossible to go beyond the 6 month period, consider holding off your application until there is some possibility of continuing. Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your situation.