Winners of Innovation Management and Leadership Certification Program Have Been Announced!

Winners of the second Innovation Management and Leadership Certification Program held with the cooperation of Siemens Healthineers and Boğaziçi University Technology Transfer Office were announced on 17 March. At the award ceremony held at Boğaziçi University, “Patient Orientation Systems Project” won the first prize. With this project, the team of students from Başkent and Erciyes Universities also earned the right to participate in Innovation Research Lab Exhibition to be held in Erlangen, Germany, in September 2017.

Innovation Management and Leadership Certification Program created and held with the cooperation of Siemens Healthineers and Boğaziçi University Technology Transfer Office has been successfully brought to next level of maturity, with one team managing ideas to concrete product implementation and generating 2 patent applications. Open to participation from university students of all disciplines, the program received applications from 262 students from 26 universities this year. Among these participants, 49 students made it to the finals and earned the right of certification. After an evaluation of the finalists’ projects by the jury, the winners were announced at Boğaziçi University on 17 March. “Patient Orientation Systems Project” won the first prize, while “Hot Box Project” earned the second place and “Cleaning-Tracking System Project” became the third. The winning team also earned the right to participate in Innovation Research Lab Exhibition to be held at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg in collaboration with Innovation Think Tank Headquarters of Siemens Healthineers’ headquarters in Erlangen, Germany, in September 2017.

A large number of students from different cities and universities participated in Innovation Management and Leadership Certification Program, which promotes innovation in the world of healthcare particularly by focusing on healthcare technologies. This year, a total of 9 teams consisting of 49 students from Bahçeşehir University, Başkent University, Boğaziçi University, Dokuz Eylül University, Erciyes University, İstanbul University, İstanbul Medipol University, Koç University, Namık Kemal University, Sabancı University, TOBB University of Economy and Technology, Uludağ University, Near East University (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus), Yeditepe University, Yeni Yüzyıl University, and Yıldız Technical University made it to the finals and competed in the Program.

Following the trainings by Sultan Haider, Founder and Global Director of Siemens Healthineers Innovation Think Tank and IMLEAP Program Director and Burak Acar, Assoc. Prof. at Boğaziçi University Electrical-Electronic Engineering Department and IMLEAP Academic Director, the teams visited Şişli Etfal Training and Research Hospital and Acıbadem Fulya Hospital for observation purposes. After the visit, the teams took action to create innovative solutions in accordance with the observations they made at numerous units, such as the OR, laboratory, radiology, emergency service, and hospital resources. At this stage, the Program continued with mentor support. Each team was assigned two mentors – one from Siemens Healthineers Turkey and one from Boğaziçi University. Thus, participants not only benefited from the expertise of mentors but also had the chance to directly witness the benefits of cooperation between the industry and academia.

As a result of the Program, the jury selected “Patient Orientation Systems Project” as the winner. The winning team is made up of Berk Yıldız (Başkent University), Özgün Can Özsoy (Başkent University), Ebru Aydemir (Erciyes University), and Aysema Koskos (Başkent University). Aiming to reduce the difficulties encountered by patients while looking for the medical units they wish to go, the project saves time not only for patients and their relatives, but also hospital employees.

“Hot Box Project”, the first runner-up, is created by Hatice Esra Kocapınar (Yeni Yüzyıl University), Nazlı Eser Kaya (Boğaziçi University), İsmail Küçüker (Yeni Yüzyıl University), Sertan Tek (Boğaziçi University), and Ahmet Sakal (Boğaziçi University). The project focuses on building a fully-automated radionuclide preparation system in order to reduce the dose of radiation that nuclear medicine technicians are exposed to in hot boxes.

Finally, the third best project is “Cleaning-Tracking System” by Aybala Coşkun (Boğaziçi University), Gazel Öner (Boğaziçi University), Oğuz Kayhan (Boğaziçi University), Sergen Haydın (Boğaziçi University), Umut Karadeniz (Yeditepe University), and Esma Ece Uluğ (Boğaziçi University). The system devised by the team aims to reduce the number of people and the amount of contamination at hospitals.

An important step for innovation in healthcare technologies

Prof. Mehmed Özkan, Rector of Boğaziçi University; Hüseyin Gelis, President and CEO of Siemens Turkey; and Şevket On, General Manager of Siemens Healthineers Turkey, participated in the project exhibition and award ceremony. Prof. Özkan delivered a speech at the opening of the award ceremony and emphasized the importance of Innovation Management and Leadership Certification Program as a successful cooperation between the academia and the business world. Prof. Özkan said, “I am happy to greet you at the closing ceremony of Innovation Management and Leadership Certification Program that we have been holding for two years. Success is not only about creating ideas, but about transforming these into practical innovations. I extend my congratulations to all students who participated in the program, created innovations, and successfully shared their projects here.”

Hüseyin Gelis, President and CEO of Siemens Turkey, also made a speech, congratulating all participants. Mr. Gelis stated that the Program is an important step in terms of innovation in Turkey and said “Thank you for joining us in this journey.” Also thanking Sultan Haider and Assoc. Prof. Burak Acar as well as all mentors who guided the participants, Mr. Gelis said: “Young people have the energy to seek innovation. The word ‘novitas’ in Latin means extraordinary innovations. You have put your signatures under extraordinary innovations in this program. On the other hand we, as Siemens, have been creating innovations in Turkey for 161 years. Benefiting from diversity and different cultures, we seek what is new, just like you. Our paths cross at innovation.”

Innovation management with Innovation Think Tank

The event, the first of which was organized last year under the name of “Innovation Management Certification Program”, is one of the most important projects within the scope of Innovation Think Tank (ITT) established by Siemens Healthineers to give the participants an opportunity to create innovation in a highly inter-disciplinary environment. Last year’s Innovation Management Certification Program was again realized in cooperation with Boğaziçi University Technology Transfer Office and Electrical-Electronic Engineering Department. With the Program, Siemens Healthineers Turkey had won the “Most Innovative ITT Team” award in Innovation Research Lab Exhibitions 2016 held in Erlangen, Germany.

Transforming innovative ideas into reality under the roof of Siemens Healthineers, ITT was established by Sultan Haider, who has an outstanding innovation track record with over 500 inventions and patents to date. Haider heads the global ITT organization, which currently has over 5500 members. ITT operates in Turkey as well as Germany, China, USA, UK and India and has established 10 innovation labs worldwide.

Having introduced the concept of innovation through innovation camps and contests such as “Be an inventor opportunity” and the “Future of Healthcare”, ITT also brings innovative ideas into life in Turkey with an interdisciplinary approach. Participants come together with Siemens R&D engineers at ITT located in İstanbul Teknopark and take part in projects in the areas of engineering, product design, experimentation, rapid prototype production, and tests. Exchange of workforce between various ITT Labs and constant engagement with world’s finest educational institutions via various faculty and innovation management certification engagements has led to a creation of a unique global innovation ecosystem.