Berlin is a city where two stories are inseparably linked. The first is the history of Berlin until 1989 when on 9th of November an iron curtain went down along with the Berlin Wall – which symbolically separated the West from the capitalism emerging after the war. The second is the current story, in which Berlin as well, as the entire German Republic is one of the strongest economic and political point on the map of 21st century Europe.
Berlin is a city of monumental constructions – a symbol of development. Just as this city, the Passio Group is also developing – intensively, ambitiously, nevertheless with a great attention to details. We want our growth to go hand in hand with the science, which not only derives from solving the difficulties of projects that we implement but also from the failures that we have experienced.
Passio Innovation Way (PIW) is our internal project management process, so we can say that it is a pedometer for the Passio Group.This intensive time is an outcome of completing a dozen of projects at various levels of advancement. It was a valuable lesson for us.
First derives from their nature. As you know, our projects are focused on such areas as medicine, pharmacy, medical devices, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. In Passio Group we call it PharmTech. A cross-section of these areas forced us to think whether we can use advanced processes to carry out various high-level projects. Some of them can end up with a new product, and some with a concept that will have to be validated by different procedures. Discussions and analysis led us to the conclusion that we need to specialize, and PIW needs refreshment.
The first thing we have discovered is that you can systematize the creative process of the invention, by implementing design thinking strategies, which are an inseparable element of the PIW process – and here, the storyline of Passio Group and Berlin meets again. When we were searching for information on whether we can excel design thinking to work in a very specific environment, Berlin has appeared on a map of our exploration.
At the Berlin School for Regenerative Therapy (Berlin Medical University – Charite), the BioThinking program is conducted. Our representative Waldemar Wiśniewski, who is responsible for the implementation of the PIW 2.0 in our company, visited the BSRT to talk about their experiences related to the program.
BioThinking works as a program that is mandatory for postgraduates running their research projects. Interdisciplinary groups of medical students of different faculties are formed so that young scientists are able to look differently at their actions. During their scientific work often they are closed in their laboratories, focusing so much on their subject – on what the scientific promoter indicates – that they do not see the wide potential of the dormant.
BioThinking is held by DT enthusiasts, graduates of the Hasso-Plattner Institute School of Design Thinking – Andrea Scheer and Felix Fischer. During the discussion, we exchanged many observations and comments. First of all, this visit strengthened our conviction that the direction we have chosen is appropriate. Specialization enables development, however, it requires a lot of research and a change of approach to the design thinking methodology itself. For Passio Group, it is another valuable experience on the way to designing user-centered solutions. We are happy that along with the knowledge we acquired and established a new interesting relationship that may result in an interesting cooperation in the future.
And Berlin… well, it seems that once it was a line of the division of the Europe, but now passing through the Brandenburg Gate you get the impression that it has become the gateway to the Europe. It is worth to stay for a while, take a walk and think about the transformation that Europe has undergone over the last century and where those changes may lead us. We know where we want to go, but what the future will look like? We will see.
author: Waldemar Wiśniewski