Building, Scaling & “Unbossing” Innovation at Novartis


Imagine being able to pursue innovation with the pace and agility of a startup, but with all of the resources and institutional knowledge of one of the world’s largest R&D organizations. That is what Novartis has achieved with its Genesis Labs program, which provides selected teams of Novartis entrepreneurs with 18 months of dedicated time and funding to focus on the development and prototyping of their very own scientific concepts. Join our friends at Planbox for a Master Class on January 21 at 10am ET to learn about Norvartis’ Genesis Labs.

Launched in 2016 in Novartis’s research division, Genesis Labs has now expanded to the broader organization, seeking transformative ideas from a network of more than 20,000 scientists, engineers, and clinicians from across Novartis. With colleagues spread out across different divisions and around the globe, how do you develop an effective innovation ecosystem that ensures that the best ideas bubble up to the top? How can you tap into institutional knowledge and expertise to grow and nurture potential ideas and build effective teams? Finally, how do you scale your ideas following your successful prototype?

Ian Hunt and Aimee Reynolds, from Novartis’s Genesis Labs program, will address these important questions and more. In this Masterclass, you will learn:

  • What it means to “unboss” and how unbossing teams can accelerate innovation
  • How to develop, manage and scale an innovation program in a large corporation
  • How an innovation management platform can bring together associates across global and organizational boundaries to nurture co-creation and develop game-changing concepts
  • How digital tools can be used to maintain creative momentum while working from home

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