NUvention: Medical


NUvention: Medical Innovation is an interdisciplinary experiential learning program designed to expose students to the entire innovation and entrepreneurial life cycle of new medical technologies. Medical innovations evolve from basic clinical needs, and NUvention is designed to simulate how they become businesses in the real world.

Our primary goal is to walk through the steps associated with bringing a medical innovation to the patient. In a very compressed period of six months, students work through a number of product, intellectual property, regulatory and business development steps as an entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial team.

NUvention: Medical is a collaboration among the following schools:

Feinberg Northwestern Law  Kellogg McCormick School of Engineering
Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University Law School Kellogg School of Management McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science

Classes are facilitated through the Farley Center. 

Recent Projects

Students in the Fall 2013 -Winter 2014 course research and developed ideas for medical devices in the areas of opthalmology, general surgery and more.


View and download the most current syllabus for the upcoming year of NUvention: Medical. This course is instructed by faculty lead Pete McNerney, a McCormick Faculty Fellow and Founder/Senior Adviser at Thomas, McNerney & Partners, a health care venture firm.

Course History

Get the full story on the origins of NUvention: Medical, the first NUvention course created. Plus, check out the Big Ten Network's video profile on the course.

Success Stories

Ideas explored in NUvention: Medical have become burgeoning startups. Take a look at some of the businesses still in operation today.

Advisory Board

Members of the NUvention: Medical Advisory Board are executives of corporations and investment firms for emerging technologies. Read their bios.


Faculty of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Law and McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science assist student groups in developing product ideas throughout the course.


Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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