Presenting the first inspirational speaker of Module 1, Caroline Dahl
Exploring and finding solutions
The module “Unlocking your inner innovative potential” is about exploring participants’ entrepreneurial ambitions, their strengths, weaknesses and creating action points for the future. The program has also invited speakers to present a new mindset around entrepreneurship in health innovation. Caroline Dahl’s focus is research and innovative technology development. She draws from experience in wet, soft and hardware, having studied at the University of Edinburgh, done doctoral research at the University of Oxford and worked as software engineer at Microsoft Research.
The entrepreneurial journey; applied entrepreneurship
Caroline returned to Sweden to do the Clinical Innovation Fellowship at the Royal Institute of Technology, where her team was assigned a large cardiology unit. After in-depth analysis, they identified and tackled issues at the clinic and came away with a business idea. Today, their company deals with the most common invasive procedure in health care; gaining intravenous access. The company name, Ortrud Medical, is a dedication to the experienced nurse who helped them understand the intricacies of gaining IV access, and the company logo is even the nurse's signature.
Caroline’s exploration has taken her into many different contexts and environments. The common theme has always been the possibility for biomedical innovation and tech development. And she believes that a small company can be an excellent place to do independent research.
Besides being CTO at Ortrud Medical, Caroline mentors student teams in health innovation. Examples include students at Uppsala University working on a cardiac failure biosensor, and a Royal Institute of Technology team that develops technology for patient compliance in children.