Catalyst process


A journey of discovery

A journey of discovery

The Catalyst experience takes participants on a path from discovery, to insight, to yet deeper discoveries. The process comprises two phases, each structured to accelerate and maximize innovation opportunities. The outcome: People and projects on the path to healthcare impact. 

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Phase 1: New project discovery (6 months)

New cohorts of Fellows join to begin identifying new project opportunities. They visit clinical environments, interview stakeholders, and explore unmet healthcare needs. At first, it can feel bewildering—like being lost in a forest. But in time, opportunities become more clear, and paths through the wilderness emerge. Starting the journey as talented individuals, Fellows coalesce into teams with new ways of thinking about unmet needs, crafting a portfolio of research proposals through an iterative process guided by an experienced mentoring team. 

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Phase 1: New project discovery (6 months)

New cohorts of Fellows join to begin identifying new project opportunities. They visit clinical environments, interview stakeholders, and explore unmet healthcare needs. At first, it can feel bewildering—like being lost in a forest. But in time, opportunities become more clear, and paths through the wilderness emerge. Starting the journey as talented individuals, Fellows coalesce into teams with new ways of thinking about unmet needs, crafting a portfolio of research proposals through an iterative process guided by an experienced mentoring team. 

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Phase 1: New project discovery (6 months)

New cohorts of Fellows join to begin identifying new project opportunities. They visit clinical environments, interview stakeholders, and explore unmet healthcare needs. At first, it can feel bewildering—like being lost in a forest. But in time, opportunities become more clear, and paths through the wilderness emerge. Starting the journey as talented individuals, Fellows coalesce into teams with new ways of thinking about unmet needs, crafting a portfolio of research proposals through an iterative process guided by an experienced mentoring team. 

Phase 1 features

Proof of need
Identify compelling unmet medical needs in the edition’s innovation priorities.

Proof of opportunity
Devise a set of possible new solutions. Meet with key stakeholders to ensure that the solutions are practical and appropriate.

Project proposal
Narrow down to the most promising solutions and plan research project opportunities.​

Transition to Research Execution Plan
Conclude Phase 1 with a portfolio of validated research opportunities, with real opportunity to transition to project execution—including exploration of funding and commercialization opportunities.

 

Phase 2: Project execution (~1-3 years)

Building on the projects conceived in Phase 1, Fellows teams build multiprofessional collaborations to develop and test their solutions, with sustained mentorship guiding and accelerating progress toward impact. On the path to sustainable projects, teams get elevated perspectives to see potential development paths and obstacles. They complete Phase 2 with de-risked projects attractive for new investment (private or public) to continue development, and accelerated career trajectories. 

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Phase 2: Project execution (~1-3 years)

Building on the projects conceived in Phase 1, Fellows teams build multiprofessional collaborations to develop and test their solutions, with sustained mentorship guiding and accelerating progress toward impact. On the path to sustainable projects, teams get elevated perspectives to see potential development paths and obstacles. They complete Phase 2 with de-risked projects attractive for new investment (private or public) to continue development, and accelerated career trajectories. 

 

Phase 2: Project execution (~1-3 years)

Building on the projects conceived in Phase 1, Fellows teams build multiprofessional collaborations to develop and test their solutions, with sustained mentorship guiding and accelerating progress toward impact. On the path to sustainable projects, teams get elevated perspectives to see potential development paths and obstacles. They complete Phase 2 with de-risked projects attractive for new investment (private or public) to continue development, and accelerated career trajectories. 

Phase 2 features

Team building
Fellows recruit collaborators and other team members who can help realize the project through their resources and specialized expertise. 

Project strategy
The team develops an execution strategy the focuses on de-risking it—eliminating or mitigating potential threats to its success. 

Case for investment
Looking ahead to exiting Catalyst, project teams compile evidence to make the case for outside investment to continue development. 

Graduate to independence
Conclude Phase 2 with a project plan, execution team, and case for funding to enable continued development.

After Catalyst

After Catalyst

Catalyst teams exit with carefully planned projects clearly focused on healthcare impact and ready for investment. The Fellows themselves are transformed, with a deepened understanding of their strengths, a renewed perspective on their goals, and expanded career horizons. 

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