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A Winning Combination: An M.S. in Medical Device Innovation with a MILI Specialization | Technological Leadership Institute

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March 23, 2017
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When the Technological Leadership Institute’s M.S. in Medical Device Innovation (MDI) program launched in the summer of 2014, it was guided by core principles that are the foundation of TLI’s  M.S. in Management of Technology and M.S. in Security Technologies programs, that came before it:

  • A curriculum that is responsive to the needs of stakeholders in the technology-intensive industries we serve.

  • A focus on experiential learning of quantitative methods of business and/or technology analysis and the leadership skills needed to leverage these to guide innovation and business growth.

  • A commitment to an interdisciplinary approach that combines the best the other departments/programs/institutes at the University of Minnesota have to offer with the unique courses that form TLI’s institutional DNA.

In the MDI program, the results are our partnerships with the Medical Devices Center, led by professor Art Erdman, and with the Carlson’s Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI), led by Associate Dean Dr. Stephen T. Parente.

Indeed, all of our students take MDI 5013, 5014 and 5015, a three-semester practicum focusing on biodesign and entrepreneurship that is taught in the MDC. A majority of our students also take at least one course offered by the MILI program, including:

  • MILI 6990: The Healthcare Marketplace (Prof. Stephen T. Parente)

  • MILI 6991: Anatomy & Physiology for Managers (Archelle Georgiou, M.D.).

  • MILI 6995: Medical Industry Valuation Laboratory (Mike Finch, PhD)

This is a practice that we encourage as it provides precisely the kind of breadth we believe makes our students more effective as leaders of innovation and business growth in the med-tech sector. MILI offers a unique curriculum for emerging leaders looking to gain hands-on experience and knowledge in all areas of the medical industry.

Recruitment for the MDI class of 2018 is underway. As we prepare for the start of our fourth cohort - for which we expect to reach 30 students – we are taking our partnership with the MILI program a step further and encouraging our students to take six credits (three courses) from the MILI curriculum, which will allow them to graduate with an M.S. in MDI and a highly-valued MILI Specialization. We believe this is a unique and powerful combination that creates real value for our students and shared value for our programs.

If you are a current or incoming MDI student or are considering our program in the future, please contact Eric Thornton, Admissions Associate (ethornton@umn.edu) or Jessica Haupt, associate director of MILI (jahaupt@umn.edu), for more information about the MILI Specialization. Information on how to register for MILI courses can be found here.

About the Author

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Daniel L. Mooradian, PhD

Senior Fellow
Honeywell/James J. Renier Chair in Technology Management
Director of Graduate Studies - MDI

James J. Renier Chair in Technology Management

Daniel Mooradian is founder and president of The Simpatico Group LLC, chief science officer at Innova Medical Design, chief science officer at Novum Therapeutics, and leads TLI’s newest graduate program in Medical Device Innovation. In addition to serving as director of graduate studies for this program, he leads partnerships and course offerings for students in the medical device industry.

 This is a practice that we encourage as it provides precisely the kind of breadth we believe makes our students more effective as leaders of innovation and business growth in the med-tech sector.

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