Boğaziçi University in collaboration with Siemens Healthineers, Turkey, has developed a unique certification program named Innovation Management & Leadership Certification Programme (IMLEAP), where Bogazici University acts as the "Siemens Academic Innovation Hub in Turkey". IMLEAP is jointly implemented by Innovation Research Lab at Boğaziçi University (IRL@BOUN) and Siemens Innovation Think Tank (ITT) Turkey.
IMLEAP was initiated in 2015 to increase awareness towards healthcare challenges and visibility of researchers, to promote and mobilize efforts to address these challenges, to provide networking opportunities between academia and industry. The focus is on the concepts of Health 4.0, namely the projects enhancing healthcare with an integrative approach throughout the lifespans of individuals. These include, but are not limited to, wide-area healthcare services, medical technologies, personalized medicine, self-care, etc. Towards this end, following an introductory course on innovation in healthcare, the IMLEAP participants are exposed to healthcare challenges at first hand via field trips to state and private hospitals. Based on their observations, they are requested to propose innovative solutions which they present to an audience from academia and industry. Selected participants are supported to participate in eITT exhibition at Siemens Healthineers Headquarters in Erlangen, Germany.
The program is run by Prof. Burak Acar (IRL@BOUN Academic Director, VAVlab Director), Dr. Suzan Üsküdarlı (IRL@BOUN Managing Director, SoSLab) and Mr. Sultan Haider (Program Director, IRL@BOUN, Founder and Global Head of Innovation Think Tank, Siemens Healthineers).