i-Teams programme

3rd round is now open for application! apply by September 17!

i-teams brings together the brightest undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdocs, and the university’s ground-breaking research to develop commercially viable strategies and build valuable university-industry links.

Participate in a highly motivated and scientifically diverse team, interacting extensively with leading academic and industrial partners, to help bring a cutting-edge technology to the market and improve global health!

What is the I-teams programme?


i-Teams are multidisciplinary innovation teams that take high-potential research discoveries to define their best commercialization route and massively accelerate their translation into biomedical applications.  In this process, they evaluate the impact of the technology in relevant markets and identify several segments where a fully developed product could make a high impact on public health.

i-Teams are small groups (3-5 people) from various research levels (from undergraduate to postdocs) with different scientific backgrounds (combination of medical, biology, chemistry and engineering) to solve the challenge of finding the best application for a medical technology.   Each team is mentored by an expert from the local business community who will coach them throughout the project and will consult with many members of the Health Valley community.  

The i-Teams work for a semester on a defined technology and meet for weekly sessions that combine workshops to enhance their entrepreneurial skills and provide a forum for the project teamwork. The sessions will also be the opportunity to discuss progress with other i-Teams in order to foster interactions between participants.

Participants are expected to be able to work for around 3-4 hour per week on top of the weekly sessions. They will need to get into contact with industry experts and potential customers and therefore it is expected that participants should be able to spend some time on the project during normal working hours.

Both the Unige “Innovation” and “Clinical” i-Teams are inspired by the i-Teams model first developed at MIT, later taken on by the University of Cambridge.


The main goal of the project is to translate high-potential medical technologies through the collaboration between a research group and an i-Team.  Using the expert knowledge of the inventors, each team will use creative and innovative approaches to find the best way to commercialise the technology beyond the laboratory application.  Each team will aim to provide the inventors with alternative commercialisation routes that will help to guide future development of technologies to reach the market faster.

An important goal of the project is contact industry experts and potential customers in order to get feedback about the technology and its potential applications. This will build and extend the industrial network of the participants and allows them to gather valuable information from potential partners or customers. It will also build the entrepreneurial spirit of the participants to approach people from various backgrounds and seniority levels, and will also further expand the network of interactions between the Faculty of Medicine and industrial sectors.

The combination of hands-on teamwork and workshops will provide participants with a unique opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills with a real-world problem to solve. This approach will give future alumni the basic tools and enthusiastic mind-set to subsequently join a start-up company as a founder or employee, or use these skills in the academic or industrial world. Participants and inventors may also decide to create spin-off companies following their work during the i-Team projects.

Fall 2018 Semester i-Teams creation

Oct 2nd:
Team Formation Event
PARTICIPATE IN THE FORMATION OF ITEAMS NEW PROGRAMME of the “Translational Accelerator on innovation in Life Science and technology”

Participate in a highly motivated and scientifically diverse team, interacting extensively with leading academic and industrial partners, to help bring a cutting-edge technology to the market and improve global health!
Join this team formation event to select the iTeams project you want to work on!

With Prof. Benoît Dubuis and Dr Vincent Wagner, Translational Accelerator, Faculty of Medicine

Sept 19th:

Information session, open house from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the Translational Accelerator office (CMU A05.2625.a).
Meet with Prof. Benoît Dubuis and Dr Vincent Wagner, in charge of the programme

Apply ! 

The next application deadline is Sept.23, 2018.

Please write your interests and a short resume of your experience to i-teams(at)unige.ch  at the translational accelerator of the school of Medicine.

Details of the program are available at www.i-teams.ch and www.ta.unige.ch/i-teams.


There are two different i-Teams programs: Innovation i-Teams & Clinical i-Teams.

  1. Innovation i-Teams investigates the best market approach for commercializing a new invention. It is open to post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.
  2. Clinical i-Teams (in partnership with the DAS in Management of Clinical Trials and the MAS in Drug Discovery and Clinical Development) investigates the best market approach for commercializing a new medical or health-related technology. It is open to the DAS / MAS students.

Why participating to i-teams:

  • Have fun and meet other Unige students from diverse fields at the Translational Accelerator office, meetings are once a week during lunch time (complimentary lunch provided).
  • Contribute to translation of ideas into innovations, which could improve the quality of life for patients around the globe.
  • Work as part of a motivated team, learning innovation, product development techniques, and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Meet leaders and make contacts from the Health Valley private industries and academic centers.
  • Awards : up to 5000.-

Timelines :

Sept 19th: Information session (All)

Sept 23th: Deadline for applications

Sept 24th: Selection of participants

Sept 26th: First session

Administration for fall semester 2018 :

Operational management lead – Guillaume Rey (guillaume.rey(at)unige.ch)

Second management lead - Stephanie Carnesecchi (stephanie.carnesecchi(at)gmail.com)

Operational management team – To be determined.