Due to Covid -19, KI Innovations organizes the second round of our seminar series Build skills to impact on a digital platform. We welcome all students, PhD students and researchers who are interested to get to know more about impact creation based on academic research or knowledge to tune into our YouTube channel to take part of the modules. 

Build skills to impact consists of six modules where we will present different ways to create impact from academic results or knowledge, beyond publications. Such journey can include everything from collaboration with industry, healthcare sector or public sector, to secure and out-license intellectual property or start a company.

The seminar series will hopefully inspire you to think of alternative ways of disseminating your research, introduce you to the support available for students and researchers at Karolinska Institutet and provide you with some useful tools and insights on how to prevent common pitfalls.

You can tune into all six modules or pick the ones most valuable to you. Read more about the modules below.


#1 From research to society – create impact 

Research has the potential to impact society in many ways. From dissemination and commercialization to innovation in non-profit, public and private sector products and services – research-based knowledge can drive health, social and economic outcomes for society. We will discuss the spectrum of opportunities to create, measure and sustain impact in society. 

This session will be held by impact investment and social innovation professional Henrik Storm Dyrssen from KI Innovations  


#2 From researcher to innovator- learnings and recommendations 

In this session, a spectrum of opportunities to create impact from research will be presented. We will address what rights and responsibilities you have as a researcher when bringing your research beyond academia. For instance, what agreements you need to consider and how you can create a strong team to bring your invention to the next level. We will also discuss some key aspects that are critical to creating impact. 

This session will be held by business coach Patrik Blomquist from KI Innovations 


#3 Develop and describe your concept, part 1 and 2

Once you have decided to start your impact journey, you will need to describe your product or service to different stakeholders including potential users, investors, and potential partners. In this session, we will discuss the different formats that can be used to present an innovation and what topics you need to include in such presentations. We will also address how you can communicate the scientific or technical maturity of your concept and the regulatory frameworks that you should keep in mind when developing your concept towards market readiness.  

This session will be held by business coach Åsa Kallas from KI Innovations 


#4 Understand your users, customers and partners 

During your impact journey, there will be a lot of questions that you need to consider such as finding the most suitable path for your product or service. In this session, the key focus will be on the different type of stakeholders and their respective needs that you must understand and act on already early on in your development to final implementation and impact. Who and where are the customers (user, payer) and what are their needs, what is the customer value with your solution, what other stakeholders do you need to consider, what partners will you need etc. We will also discuss business strategy, business models and some regulatory /legal aspects.

This session will be held by business coach Mats Ferm from KI Innovations

#5 Identify and protect your knowledge assets 

IP is often a prerequisite for successful impact journey. In this session we will discuss what kind of assets might exist within a project (patentable inventions, data, knowhow, content, software etc) and how these can be protected (patent, trademark, trade secret, design protection, copyright etc) . Moreover, we will discuss briefly about pros and cons of the different forms of protection and the patenting process (requirements for patentability, timelines, associated costs) Furthermore, some basic principles (the patent gives you the right to protect others from doing something but doesn’t necessarily give you the right to do something) and how to monitor putative infringements.

This session will be held by Patent Attorney Simon Curtis  from Potter Clarkson


#6 Finance your innovation journey 

This session will be held by business coach Henrik Storm Dryssen from KI Innovations