OUR PROCESS MEDTRONIC LABS

A RIGOROUS APPROACH TO SUCCESS

At Medtronic Labs, our innovation process provides the rigor needed to determine the market viability of a bold idea for underserved patients in developing geographies. 

HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN IS INTEGRAL TO OUR INNOVATION FRAMEWORK

Programs accepted into the Medtronic Labs portfolio adhere to our patient-centric and frugal approach to innovation. Human-centered design is at the core of what we do and is a method used across industries to understand and design for real user needs.  

OUR INNOVATION FRAMEWORK

One of the important lessons learned during our experiences over the last several years has been the need to inject skills and expertise at various parts of the innovation process. 

Explore Phase

IDENTIFY & DEFINE PROBLEMS
Engage in local discovery and ethnographic research to determine insights and unmet needs.

 
Innovate Phase

DEVELOP CONCEPTS FOR PRODUCT AND BUSINESS MODELS
Narrow list of options through process rigor.

Pilot Phase

EXECUTE PILOT OF BEST IDEA
Pilot business/product in simplest form to evaluate model variability.

 
Iterate Phase

REFINE MODEL BASED ON PILOT LEARNINGS
Correct for design, engineering, and clinical work as needed.

 
Launch Phase

COMMERCIALIZE IN LIMITED LOCATIONS, MOVE TOWARD SCALE
Transition operations to local teams; operationalize for scale.