Tom Saunders, Principal Researcher, Nesta
Our brief: Open Innovation in Health was a project funded by the UK government’s Prosperity Fund and the São Paulo State Government in 2016-17. It was developed in partnership between the governments of the United Kingdom and the State of São Paulo (Brazil), and implemented by Nesta and 100%Open (UK) and Fundação Carlos Alberto Vanzolini and Fundação Instituto de Administração (Brazil).
What we did: Over a 12-month period, the partner organisations worked together to design and implement two open innovation pilots in the State of São Paulo, bringing together a range of businesses, social enterprises, research and development organisations and local policymakers, including as an output a practical guide to developing projects in health open innovation.
What happened: This experience helped to demonstrate how the ideas in this Open Innovation in Health guide can be used to inform a health administration’s strategies and practices. Although health systems vary widely across countries, there is much scope for mutual learning about ways to promote and support innovation.