WOMI'15 - Workshop on Medical Innovation - INGENIO, December 2015

We are a research network of scholars from different European countries working on medical innovation studies and entrepreneurship in life sciences. Our day to day work on these topics is shared among us in a frequently way, but we meet all together at least once a year to provide feedback and insights on each other’s research, and to contribute to an enriching and thrilling scholarly discussion on innovation studies in both the biomedical and healthcare sectors.

Our first meeting took place in Madrid April 2013 at the EU-SPRI Forum Conference “The management of innovation policies”. The general topic of this meeting was “Research and innovation in the life sciences”. Our second meeting’s general topic was “The Role of Hospitals in Innovation” and took place in the Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo in December 2013. A year later (December 2014), we met again to explore issues related to “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health Care & Life Sciences”. This time we met in the Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Gothenburg.

Our fourth meeting will take place in Valencia at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) December 2015 (read below for more details).

We aim to have further meetings and to strengthen this scholarly network doing research on biomedical and healthcare innovation.

About and Registration

This event is by invitation only.

Dates and venue

The workshop will take place December 3 and 4, 2015 at INGENIO
Instituto de Gestión de la Innovación y del Conocimiento, INGENIO [CSIC-UPV]
Edificio 8E, acc. J, 4ª planta
Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación (CPI)
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Camino de Vera, s/n
Tel: +34 963 877 048


Pablo D'Este, PhD - Researcher at INGENIO

Inma Aleixos Borrás, PhD candidate (Communication and Cultural Industries, DCADHA-INGENIO, UPV)


THURSDAY December 3, 2015                  Download Program


Opening of workshop by Pablo D’Este.

Room Innova (Green Building)


Some Logistics  

Session 1


Paper to be presented by P. Siebert / R. Smith

Lessons from the PM Challenge: Patient Preferences and Evidence-Based Policy Design

Discussant: M. Hopkins

Chair: R. Woolley


Logistic issues



Paper to be presented by T.Thune / M. Gulbrandsen

Knowledge translation activities by medical and health-related academic employees

Discussant: B. Rake

Chair: R. Woolley


Coffee break

Room Piensa (Green Building)

Session 2


Paper to be presented by M. Hopkins

Towards a novel method of research evaluation: Tracking Translation in biomedical research using a proximities framework

Discussant: Richard Woolley

Chair: P. D’Este

Logistic issues


Paper to be presented by A. Mina

Re-organising university-industry interactions in the pharmaceutical sector

Discussant: T. Thune

Chair: P. D’Este


Room Descubre and Room Resuelve (Red Building)

Session 3


Paper to be presented by D. Barberá

Medical Innovation and the Emergence of New Organizational Forms In Health Care: The Case Of Rare Diseases

Discussant: M. Gulbrandsen

Chair: J. Molas-Gallart


Logistic issues



Paper to be presented by R. Saemundson

Co-evolution of medical and engineering knowledge

Discussant: D. Consoli

Chair: J. Molas-Gallart


Logistic issues  


Paper to be presented by M. McKelvey / O. Zaring

Who negotiates the dynamics and bottle-necks when building a new governance system for technological collaboration? Propositions from case study in medical technology

Discussant: M. Miozzo

Chair: J. Molas-Gallart


Next Workshop and special issue  


End of the working session


FRIDAY December 4, 2105                                                


Opening of working session by Pablo D’Este.

Room Innova (Green Building)

Session 4


Paper to be presented by M. Miozzo

Growing fast or slow?: understanding the variety of paths and the speed of early growth of entrepreneurial science-based firms

Discussant: D. Barberá

Chair: D. Consoli


Logistic issues



Paper to be presented by B. Rake

Discussant: F. Valentin

Chair: D. Consoli

Special Coffee break

Room Piensa (Green Building)

Session 5


Paper to be presented by R. Ramlogan / D. Gagliardi

Redeeming pharmaceutical innovation: The case of Abacavir in Italy

Discussant: A. Mina

Chair: I. Rafols

Logistic issues


Closing talk by M. Santin “Quest for Divergent Thinking at a Time of Stagnant Biomaterials Research Translation”


Open Discussion

Chair: I. Rafols






Abstracts: Extended abstracts should include no more than 1500-2000 words. They should include a short description of your paper including main objectives, conceptual background, empirical analysis, preliminary findings and conclusions (including references)
Please, email the abstract of your paper to Inma (inmaaleixos@gmail.com) by October 23, 2015 (deadline)

Papers: Please send your papers by email to Inma Aleixos (inmaaleixos@gmail.com) by TBA (deadline)


Rooms for participants (2 nights - Wednesday December 2 and Thursday December 3) are booked at AD HOC MONUMENTAL HOTEL at the very center of Valencia city. Postal address:
C/Boix, 4 46003 VALENCIA
Phone number: +34 96 391 91 40
Please, keep in mind that there might be changes regarding the hotel, but -if any- we will inform you immediately. 


How to get the hotel from the airport?
You can combine both underground and bus. Let us know if you prefer this option and we will email you instructions. You can also visit this website to get instructions for the hotel.
However, we recommend you taking a taxi. From Valencia Airport to any address in Valencia city center there is a flat rate of 20 Euro (be aware that there is no flat rate in the opposite way: from the city to the airport)

How to get Ingenio from the hotel?
You can either take a bus (Bus line number 29. Bus stop 773 – Poeta Llorente – Temple. Ends at Bus stop 1918 – Tarongers – Fausto Elio) or take a taxi (there is no flat rate but depending on the traffic situation the taxi can cost you between 7 and 20 Euro)


For accommodation, directions or other issues, please contact Mª Jesús Durá (mjedumae@ingenio.upv.es) or Inma Aleixos (inmaaleixos@gmail.com)
For the programme and papers, please contact both Pablo D'Este (pabdescu@upvnet.upv.es) and Inma Aleixos (inmaaleixos@gmail.com)


This workshop is sponsored by the Conselleria d'Educació, Investigació, Cultura i Esport de la Generalitat Valenciana within the PROMETEO funding, and by INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)

Conselleria d'Educació, Investigació, Cultura i Esport