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Living Lab approach workshop for the QBIN

A few months ago, we announced our partnership with the Quebec Bio-Imaging Network (QBIN). A key component of this agreement consists in organizing training sessions in the Living Lab approach for QBIN members. This methodology was developed to increase the impact of QBIN-funded research by involving various stakeholders and knowledge users in the research process.

The TransMedTech Institute, renowned for its transdisciplinary approach and innovation process, provides QBIN members with training in these processes, thus solidifying the synergy between the two institutions in developing and integrating innovative medical technologies into the healthcare system.

What is a Living Lab approach?

On May 22, 2024, we held a hands-on co-construction workshop for members of the QBIN to explain the concept of a Living Lab methodology, and to demonstrate how to introduce it into a research process. This workshop also served to introduce participants to the idea of adopting this type of process as a model for co-construction.

Marie Pierre Faure, Director of Living Lab and Innovation, presented a detailed introduction to the Living Lab approach, which fosters transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaborative research, to the workshop participants. She outlined how the TransMedTech Living Lab methodTM is used both to develop and implement medical technologies in the healthcare system by involving all stakeholders, including users and beneficiaries, at a very early stage in the innovation development process.

To illustrate the effectiveness of the Living Lab approach, two examples of projects were presented by Carl-Éric Aubin, TransMedTech Executive and Scientific Director. Indeed, the projects demonstrated how the integration of the Living Lab approach has facilitated the implementation of medical technologies in real healthcare settings.

From theory to practice: using the Living Lab and Design Thinking approaches

Design thinking expert Nayla Pallard led a co-construction workshop, giving QBIN participants the opportunity to put the concepts they had learned into practice. Accompanied by experts from the TransMedTech Institute, they were divided into groups to focus on three themes identified by the QBIN:

  • technological and experimental development
  • transfer of knowledge
  • implementation in the clinical environment

Technological and experimental development

Design thinking promotes a user-centred approach to technological and experimental development. Participants learned how to use this methodology to identify real user needs and develop innovative technological solutions. This approach will make it possible to create bio-imaging tools and devices that respond directly to the challenges faced by researchers and clinicians.

Transfer of knowledge

Knowledge transfer is crucial to ensuring that technological innovations are rapidly adopted by the scientific and medical community. Using Living Lab and Design Thinking approaches, participants explored strategies for effectively sharing the results of their research with peers, academic institutions and healthcare practitioners. This theme aims to accelerate the transition from scientific discoveries to concrete clinical applications.

Implementation in the clinical environment

Implementing the technologies developed in a clinical environment is a key stage in validating the implementation of innovations. The design thinking approach helps to devise practical solutions that are adapted to the actual clinical context. Participants discussed how innovations can be integrated into existing clinical practices, minimising barriers and maximising the impact on healthcare.

A successful collaboration

The workshop was a great success! The TransMedTech Living Lab approach will help users become familiar with this model of co-construction in a Living Lab mode.

Communication Department, TransMedTech Institute