As a large international company, Novartis is inundated daily with requests from smaller companies wanting to sell their pharmaceuticals or other products. To do this, Novartis employees have to analyse and check the scientific basis of the products in detail. To simplify this work and to create an initial scan of which products or concepts are valid, an innovation workshop was held on the topic of “Early Signal Detection”.
The focus of the workshop was on machine learning. With the help of the design thinking methodology, a 1.5-day workshop was held with 13 students from different degree programmes. This was done with the aim of generating new ideas on how to detect sound products and studies more quickly. Together with students from the fields of data science and machine learning to biotechnology and pharmacy and the participation of Novartis employees, numerous ideas were created.
At the end of the workshop, 4 promising concepts were developed and handed over to Novartis. With this workshop, we were able to support Novartis in rethinking their current approaches and introducing new solutions and ideas.