High impact knowledge transfer events

We have been making high-impact KT activities regularly since 2007

Using media production for research

Innovative use of multimedia productions and fictional material for research purposes

Exceptional research tooling

Our KT and research lab in Montreal


bursaryBURSARY OFFER – Master’s, doctoral, postdoctoral
We are currently recruiting brilliant, audacious and determined graduate students and postdoctoral trainees with expertise in public health, medicine, engineering, design, ethics, sociology, economics and public policy. Fluency in French is required. More information here (french content)


New publication !

Just published  – Lysanne Rivard et Pascale Lehoux wrote the article « When desirability and feasibility go hand in hand: innovators’ perspectives on what is and is not responsible innovation in health »published in «Journal of Responsible Innovation»

New publication in Innovations

Just published — P. Lehoux, G. Daudelin, J.-L. Denis, P. Gauthier et N. Hagemeister wrote the article «Pourquoi et comment sont conçues des innovations responsables? Résultats d’une méta-ethnographie» published in the journal Innovations. Journal of Innovation Economics & Management.

Discover our cohort of high impact enterprises

Here is an overview of the enterprises located in Quebec, Ontario and the State of Sao Paulo that agreed to participate to our longitudinal case study. Discover their key characteristics in this infographics.

New publication in the International Journal of Health Policy and Management

Just published — P. Lehoux, F. Roncarolo, H. Silva, A. Boivin, J.-L. Denis and R. Hébert wrote the article «What health systems challenges should Responsible Innovation in Health address? Insights from an international scoping review» published in the International Journal of Health Policy and Management.

New publication in Health Policy and Technology

Just published — H. P. Silva, P. Lehoux and N. Hagemeister wrote the article «Developing a tool to assess responsibility in health innovation: Results from an international delphi study» published in Health Policy and Technology.

New publication in Sustainability

Just published — P. Lehoux, H. P. Silva, R. Pozelli and F. Roncarolo wrote the article «The unexplored contribution of Responsible Innovation in Health to Sustainable Development Goals» published in Sustainability.

New publication in Health Research Policy and Systems

Just published – H.P. Silva. P. Lehoux, F.A. Miller and J.-L. Denis wrote the article “Introducing responsible innovation in health: a policy-oriented framework” published in Health Research Policy and Systems.

A new publication in Social Science & Medicine

Just published – P. Lehoux and D. Grimard wrote the article “When robots care: Public deliberations on how technology and humans may support independent living for older adults” published in Social Science & Medicine.

New publication in BMC Health Services Research

Just published – F. Roncarolo, A. Boivin, J.-L. Denis, R. Hébert and P. Lehoux wrote the article “What do we know about the needs and challenges of health systems? A scoping review of the international literature” published in BMC Health Services Research.

New publication in Public Understanding of Science

Just published – P. Lehoux, F.A. Miller, D. Grimard and P. Gauthier wrote the article « Anticipating health innovations in 2030–2040: Where does responsibility lie for the publics? » published in Public Understanding of Science.

New publication in Review of Policy Research

Just published – P. Lehoux, G. Daudelin, J.-L. Denis and F.A. Miller wrote “A Concurrent Analysis of Three Institutions that Transform Health Technology-Based Ventures: Economic Policy, Capital Investment, and Market Approval”» published in Review of Policy Research.

New publication in Critical Public Health

Recently Published – P. Lehoux, B. Williams-Jones, D. Grimard and S. Proulx wrote the article “Technologies of the self in public health: insights from public deliberations on cognitive and behavioural enhancement” published by Critical Public Health.

New publication in Technological Forecasting and Social Change

Just Published – Pascale Lehoux, Fiona Miller and Geneviève Daudelin wrote the article “Converting clinical risks into economic value: The role of expectations and institutions in health technology development” published by Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

New publication in the Journal of Responsible Innovation

Just Published – Olivier Demers-Payette, Pascale Lehoux and Geneviève Daudelin wrote the article “Responsible research and innovation: a productive model for the future of medical innovation” published by the Journal of Responsible Innovation.
Read article in PDF format here

New article published in Health Services Management Research

Just Published – Pascale Lehoux et al. wrote the article “Medical innovation and the sustainability of health systems: A historical perspective on technological change in health” published by Health Services Management Research.

New article published in BMC Health Services Research

Just Published – Pascale Lehoux et al. wrote the article “Assessment of a multimedia-based prospective method to support public deliberations on health technology design: participants survey findings and qualitative insights” published by BMC Health Services Research.
Read the article in PDF format here

Analysis published in Le point en santé et services sociaux

Just published – Pascale Lehoux and Geneviève Daudelin wrote “Le développement des innovations – une place à occuper par les acteurs de la santé” published in the latest issue of Le point en santé et services sociaux (french content).
Read the article in PDF format here

Pascale Lehoux, for reponsible innovation in health

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Researcher at IRSPUM and Professor for the the Department of Health Administration at University of Montreal’s Public Health School (ESPUM), Pascale Lehoux receives a 2,9 million dollar grant from the 2014 first pilot contest of the CIHR Foundation Scheme.

Professor Lehoux believes that the direction taken by technological innovation in health depends largely on venture capital and speculative financial market rules. Those who develop innovations must target major markets like the US market, and demonstrate that their company can support rapid growth. We end up with very expensive technology that healthcare systems often struggle to integrate and that respond poorly to the most pressing health needs. The objective of her research program is to elucidate new ways to design, finance and manufacture innovations. These new ways of doing things emerge in different places in the world and have one thing in common: the desire to leave the limitations imposed by “Economic ROI above all” thinking.

For the next seven years, this funding will allow Professor Lehoux, holder of University of Montreal’s Chair on responsible innovation in Health and founder of Hinnovic, an independent blog dedicated to the analysis of health innovations, to work on issues that have been dear to heart for a long time and that are really important, not only in terms of public health but also from the point of view of innovation support policies. She has assembled a team of international caliber to make giant leaps on what is responsible innovation in health and on ways to promote its development and sustainability in health care systems.

The research team will examine in Quebec, Ontario, France and Brazil how financing strategies that simultaneously pursue economic and social performance (impact investing) allow companies based on social entrepreneurship to develop and deliver to the market socially responsible goods and services in such areas as adolescent health, chronic diseases and aging. The need for innovations that promote the involvement and empowerment of patients is large and it is fertile ground for rethinking the links between the economy and public health.

Source: IRSPUM, originally published on July 28, 2015


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About us


In Fieri Projects


Prior Research


In fieri?  “In fieri” refers to what is beginning to be, is in the process of accomplishment. We fell for this latin expression since it captures the focus of our research: innovation. Responsible Innovation in Health is a phenomenon already in motion, aspiring to come fully into existence.


Under the leadership of Pascale Lehoux, the goal of In fieri is to generate and share new knowledge on the design, financing and commercialization of Responsible Innovation in Health (RIH).This 7-year research program obtained funding through the highly competitive, newly established Foundation Scheme of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

It offers precious opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees to engage in transdisciplinary research geared at solving healthcare system challenges.


While many innovations have the potential to cater to the social determinants of health and to generate greater system-level benefits, established business models and financial dynamics limit their emergence.

For instance, what business model should a venture that develops cyber-therapies for patients afflicted by mental illnesses adopt? Who is the key “client”? Who will pay for its use? And how can this venture prove economically viable and offer services to those who are in need?


Scholars of responsible innovation recognize that entrepreneurs may deliberately design technological solutions of greater social value. When applied to medical technologies, it emphasizes the importance of user-centered design and of technologies that are ethically and socially responsive to the context of adoption. By doing so, it brings forward the system-level purposes of innovation (affordability, relevance, sustainability, equity, etc.).


Our empirical research will focus on adolescent health, chronic care and ageing, which are areas where new technology-based products and services may enable self-care, increase patient autonomy and address system-level challenges. Comparative and longitudinal case studies of ventures located in Brazil, France, Quebec and Ontario will be conducted.

Our videos

  • Qu'y a-t-il à retenir du développement des technologies médicales depuis les années 1950?

Knowledge Transfer

  • Our public KT website


  • A magazine bringing together health and litterature


Our international initiative catalyzes research at the interface of health services research, medicine, engineering, design, ethics, sociology, economics and public policy. It is structured around three research streams.


Scholarship on responsible innovation is growing rapidly, but there is a lack of research on the specificities of Responsible Innovation in Health (RIH) and on the organizational and financial strategies that can bring responsible innovations to the market.

Current bodies of knowledge suggest that: 1) alternative business models; 2) hybrid organizational forms such as social enterprises; and 3) social finance could support the emergence, commercialization and institutionalization of RIH.

rih_gaps_2017Figure 1. Current evidence gaps and the relationships between our key constructs

Research Streams

The design of RIH

  • To clarify what RIH is and what it is not, considering system-level needs and challenges;
  • To elicit with clinical leaders, designers, engineers and technology developers the processes and products of RIH;
  • To analyse how patients, caregivers, clinicians and healthcare managers may participate to the co-design of RIH;
The emergence and contribution of RIH

  • To elicit the way alternative business models, social entrepreneurship and social finance support the design and commercialization of responsible health technologies;
  • To analyze how clinicians, healthcare managers, patients, caregivers and policymakers perceive the contribution of RIH to healthcare systems;
The institutionalization of RIH

  • To examine how the design, financing and commercialization of RIH interface with existing policy mechanisms in the innovation pathway, including regulatory approval, health technology assessment, reimbursement and procurement.

The common thread across these research streams is an emphasis on the creation of technologies that contribute to the common good healthcare systems embody.

Research Team


Pascale Lehoux is known for her ability to engage into path-breaking research. Her career has been shaped by industrial design, which fosters the creative envisioning and pragmatic appraisal of the way technologies fulfill “real world” user needs.

Her work is motivated by the desire to improve our understanding and collective ability to govern technological change in health. Through her KT multimedia Lab, she has excelled in combining rigor and innovativeness in qualitative research.

She created Hinnovic — a blog whose mission is to transform how innovation in health is envisaged— and has pioneered multimedia-based public engagement methods.

This 7-year research program builds on her Canada Research Chair program (2005-2015), which clarified from a health policy standpoint the impact of business models, capital investment and economic policy on technology design processes in academic spin-offs.


Program Experts

Our research team includes academics from Canada, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Brazil and catalyzes research at the interface of health services research, medicine, engineering, design, ethics, sociology, economics and public policy.

Catherine Beaudry

Catherine Beaudry

Catherine Beaudry (Polytechnique) is an economist and engineer and holds the Canada Research Chair on the Creation, Development and Commercialization of Innovation. Her research addresses innovation economics, the impact of innovation policies on scientific and technological performance, and the performance and survival of businesses. She brings expertise in partnerships and open innovation in high-tech industries.

Antoine Boivin

Antoine Boivin

Antoine Boivin (Univ. of Montreal) is a family physician and a CIHR clinician-scientist. His research focuses on patient involvement in primary care, chronic disease management, aging and end-of-life care. His policy-oriented research is geared at advancing the design of patient involvement interventions, evaluating its impact and supporting the implementation of sustainable partnerships in clinical settings. He is Co-Chair of the patient engagement strategy of the Quebec SUPPORT Unit.

Jean-Louis Denis

Jean-Louis Denis

Jean-Louis Denis (ENAP) is an anthropologist and holds the Canada Research Chair in Governance and Transformation of Health Organizations and Systems. He has over 20 years of experience in health services and policy research. His research examines healthcare reforms, medical leadership and the role of scientific evidence in the implementation of clinical and managerial innovation. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Philippe Gauthier

Philippe Gauthier

Philippe Gauthier (Univ. of Montreal) is an industrial designer and sociologist who cofounded the Design and Society research group. His research addresses the normative and regulatory requirements of user centered and participatory design strategies in product, service and policy development and the role of expert judgments in modern democracies. He recently examined citizen involvement in the redesign of public institutions in Montreal.

Nicola Hagemeister

Nicola Hagemeister

Nicola Hagemeister (ETS) is a biomedical engineer with an affiliation at the Department of Surgery at University of Montreal. Her research at the Montreal University Teaching Hospital Research Center examines how a new technology (KneeKG™) may improve the surgical planning and care management of patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis. This research applies an early technology assessment framework to inform health policy.

Réjean Hébert

Réjean Hébert

Réjean Hébert (Univ. of Montreal) is a geriatrician and epidemiologist with a long career in health services research for frail older people. He was the Director of PRISMA, which designed and validated a new way of delivering integrated services for frail elderly. PRISMA was successfully implemented in Quebec and in other countries and won a CIHR KT Award. Hébert was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Sherbrooke University, the 1st Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Aging and recently Quebec Health Minister. He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and involved in the French “Silver Economy” initiative, which brings together technology developers, clinicians and entrepreneurs.

William Lazonick

William Lazonick

William Lazonick Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell) is an economist who directs the Center for Industrial Competitiveness. He is co-founder of the Academic-Industry Research Network and was Distinguished Researcher at INSEAD in France. His research focuses on the social conditions of innovation and economic development in advanced and emerging economies. He was awarded the 2010 Schumpeter Book Prize and the H. Larson Award from Harvard Business School for best paper in Business History Review. His research “Financial Institutions for Innovation” is funded by the Ford Foundation and “Impatient Capital in High-Tech Industries” by the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

Marguerite Mendell

Marguerite Mendell

Marguerite Mendell (Concordia Univ.) is an economist who co-founded the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy. Her research addresses impact investing, social enterprise, community economic development and economic democracy. She was a member of the Advisory Group of the Global Task Force on Impact Investing, which will continue as a post-summit Canadian network of practitioners, researchers and policymakers. She is a member of the Chantier de l’économie sociale Board, a founding member of CAP Finance —a network of solidarity finance and development capital—, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group on Social Economy and Social Innovation of the Trento Center and of LEED-OECD-Paris. She received the Marie-Andrée Bertrand Prix du Québec and was appointed Officer of Ordre national du Québec.

Fiona Miller

Fiona Miller

Fiona Miller (Univ. of Toronto) is a historian, a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics and the Director of the Division of Health Policy and Ethics at the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative (THETA). Her research centres on health technology policy, including the dynamics of technology development, assessment and adoption within systems of health research and healthcare. She brings expertise in health policy, science-based entrepreneurship and institutional theory.

Xavier Pavie

Xavier Pavie

Xavier Pavie (ESSEC Business School) is a philosopher and management scholar. He has spent 15 years as Marketing Director in leading organizations. He is the Director of the Institute for Strategic Innovation & Services and Chairs the Imagination Week seminar for ESSEC’s 600 Master students. He leads the responsible innovation definition efforts of an international network of academic institutions supported by the European Commission. He is President of the “Innovation-Regulation-Governance” commission of the French National Agency for Research as part of Horizon 2020.

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster (York Univ., UK) is a sociologist and the Director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science. His research addresses funding models for regenerative medicine and responsible biobanking innovation. He serves on national policy committees including the UK Stem Cell Bank Steering Committee and the Regenerative Medicine Expert Group Sub-committee.

The Montreal Team

The Montreal research team has a strong command of complex qualitative research and developed a unique set of KTE skills, which include organizing workshops, scientific cafés and multimedia-based events.

Capucine Berdah

Capucine Berdah

Capucine holds a BA and an MA in Political Science from the University of Montreal. After one year and a half at the French National Assembly in Paris, she has a strong background in communication, community management, graphic design and video montage. She joined the In Fieri team in 2019 as a knowledge mobilization and multimedia advisor.

Lysanne Rivard

Lysanne Rivard

Lysanne holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, an MA in Child Study from Concordia University and a PhD in Educational Studies from McGill University. Her multidisciplinary background has led her to conduct research and consultancy projects in education, international development, and mental health in Africa, in Asia, and in Canada. Health, well-being, gender equality, technology, and innovative practices that value and integrate participants’ knowledge and priorities are at the heart of her research interests.

Hudson P. Silva

Hudson P. Silva

Hudson P. Silva is an economist and was Assistant Professor in Public Policy and Management at the State University of Campinas. His research activities are in public policy analysis, focusing on social protection, public health and health technology management. He holds practical experience as a technical advisor for the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the State Government of Sao Paulo.

Patrick Vachon

Patrick Vachon

After receiving a diploma in mechanical engineering technology (Canada 1990), Patrick spent some time in the field of computer assisted design. But he quickly turned his attention to applied programming in mechanical engineering. It was in this field that he went on to become a programmer, analyst and teacher. He has practiced his profession in Sherbrooke (Quebec), Ottawa (Ontario) and, finally, Chattanooga (Tennessee). After a decade of focusing on programming, Patrick headed back to school for a somewhat radical change in direction – television production. He then worked in post production (editing) for various television series broadcast throughout Quebec by Just for Laughs and the Canal Z and Canal D cable networks.

His love for media production and his enduring interest in science lead him to join Pascale Lehoux and her team in 2007.

Jérémy Bouchez

Jérémy Bouchez

July 2014 to May 2018

Jeremy specializes in ecology, environmental science as well as science communication. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is a candidate for the Master of Science in Environment at UQAM. In addition to 6 years of experience in the field of environment, he also volunteered as the coordinator of the Scientific Circle for the David Suzuki Foundation for four years. He is very interested in the Ecohealth approach which aims to integrate the fields of health and environment and promotes an interdisciplinarity approach to research.

Blogger for the Agence Science-Presse for 4 years and a big user of social networks, he believes in the potential of the latter to communicate science to a wider audience.

Geneviève Daudelin

Geneviève Daudelin

January 2002 to October 2017

After obtaining her B.A. in social work at the University of Quebec at Montreal (Canada 1986) and working as a community activist for several years, Geneviève decided to continue her studies at the University of Montreal, where she earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology. Her Ph.D. thesis (Canada 1998) combined her interest in the social introduction of new procreation technologies with her interest in lay knowledge and action. Her work showed that: 1) lay knowledge of procreation technologies is complex and diverse; 2) the foundation of this lay knowledge is similar to that which structures scientific knowledge; and 3) procreation is often “renaturalized,” even modified, by women using these technologies.

In 2002, Geneviève joined Pascale Lehoux at the GRIS (Interdisciplinary Health Research Group) as a research assistant. Health technologies and lay knowledge continue to be major themes in her research activities.

Frédérique Dubé

Frédérique Dubé

October 2017 to February 2019

With an undergraduate degree in Communication, rédaction et multimédia from Université de Sherbrooke and a graduate degree in Communication sciences at Université de Montréal, Frédérique has been working for over 10 years in health research as well as the arts. Professionnally versatile and with an inquisitive mind, she is well versed in project management, web design, postsecondary teaching, social media management, knowledge transfer events organisation and scientific communication. Her artistic activities includes writing and directing a few theater plays and writing her first book of poems, published at Le Sabord.

With a knack for words and a passion for health innovation, she joins the In Fieri team in 2017 as Scientific Editor and Coordinator of the new Palindrome magazine.

Dominique Grimard

Dominique Grimard

June 2016 to April 2018

Dominique holds a BA in International Development Studies, International Politics and Hispanic Studies from McGill University and obtained an MSc in Community Health at Université de Montréal. After completing various internships and working on research projects in the field of International Health, she joined a research team at Montreal’s Public Health department whose mandate was to monitor and evaluate the transformation of primary care in the region. Interested in health systems transformations and innovation, she joined In Fieri’s research team in 2016 as a research assistant.

Federico Roncarolo

Federico Roncarolo

September 2015 to April 2017

Trained as a medical specialist, Federico completed his postdoctoral studies in health promotion at the University of Montreal. He contributed to the work of the In Fieri team as the project lead for the scoping review on the needs and challenges of health systems, a secondary research project within Stream A (The design of RIH).


This research program offers precious opportunities to engage in transdisciplinary research geared at solving healthcare system challenges. Our training philosophy is to foster as much as possible students’ and trainees’ intellectual autonomy, helping them to articulate their own research proposal within our research streams.

We are currently recruiting brilliant, audacious and determined graduate students and postdoctoral trainees from Canada, the USA, Europe and emerging economies with expertise in public health, medicine, engineering, design, ethics, sociology, economics and public policy.

Graduate-level training is enabled through existing Master’s and PhD programs in Montreal, Toronto, Paris, York, Boston and Sao Paulo.

We excel in creating convivial, lively and creative spaces for trainees and mentors to share tools, resources and key “learning” events (defence rehearsal, draft paper critique, lunch with international guests, etc.). Training activities are supported by our KT Lab, relying on a mix of face-to-face venues and online tools. Competencies to be developed include “grant-manship”, scientific writing, knowledge syntheses, effective oral communication and new KTE media (e.g., “pecha-kucha,” video scripting, blogging).

Current students and trainees

Hassane Alami

Hassane Alami

Hassane holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (Major Biomedical) from the Sorbonne University (Paris VI, France). He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Biomedical Informatics from the Faculty of Medicine of Rennes (France) as well as a Master’s Degree in Administration of Public Health Policies and Programs from EHESP/Science-Po Rennes. He completed a Ph.D. with a major in Health Services Organization at Laval University (Quebec, Canada).

As a fellow of the “Health System Impact Fellowship” program (CIHR/FRQ-S/INESSS), he is currently pursuing postdoctoral studies at the “Institut national d’excellence en santé et services sociaux” (under the supervision of Dr Michèle de Guise) and at the University of Montreal (under the supervision of Prof. Pascale Lehoux). His research focuses on the challenges raised by the integration of innovative technologies into health systems.

Jaime Jiménez Pernett

Jaime Jiménez Pernett

Jaime Jiménez Pernett is preparing a doctoral thesis at the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal (ESPUM) concerning public deliberation processes in health systems. Holding a master degree in applied economics, he worked since 2006 as a teaching and research assistant at the Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP) in Spain. His main areas of interest are the influence of information and communication technologies on health systems and the role of networks on public health knowledge transfer and exchange.

Andrée-Anne Lefebvre

Andrée-Anne Lefebvre

After completing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences, Andrée-Anne chose to pursue a master’s degree in public health at the University of Montreal. During 2016 and 2017, she contributed to the work of the In Fieri team as a research trainee. She documented a large number of potentially responsible innovations and contributed to the development of our web directory that will support primary research within our research Stream A (The design of RIH).

Renata Pozelli

Renata Pozelli

Responsible production and consumption of food (PhD)

Robson Rocha De Oliveira

Robson Rocha De Oliveira

Robson Rocha is an M.D. specialized in public health and health services management. He has practical experience in the Brazilian health system (public and private sector). He has been Assistant Professor of Public Health and Director of the Medicine Program at Anhembi Morumbi University (Laureate International Universities). His research interests are related to the analysis of health innovation systems and the analysis of social networks.


Students and postdoctoral fellows supervised by Pascale Lehoux:

2017Paola Diadori

Synthesis of the ethical issues of prenatal testing (MSc)

2017Mathieu Beaulieu

Social construction of innovative start-ups in health (PhD)

2016Sébastien Proulx

Engagement modalities in public deliberation (postdoc)

2015Imane Cheriet

Perception of prevention genetics in “Dessine-moi un futur!” study (MSc)

2015Olivier Demers-Payette

User involvement in medical innovation (PhD)

2014Loes Knaapen

Patient involvement in pharmaceutical market approval (postdoc)

2013Shahira Bhimani

Early health technology assessment (MSc)

2012Antoine Boivin

Patient and public involvement in clinical care priority-setting (PhD)

2012Geneviève Boyer-Legault

Health services utilization of drug users (MSc)

2012Stéphanie Lafleur

Adoption and use of the Hinnovic blog (MSc)

2011Hudson P. Silva

Health innovation policies in Brazil and Canada (postdoc)

2011Khalil Moqadem

Autonomy of peritoneal dialysis patients (PhD)

2011Luigi Lepanto

Assessment of innovations in Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) (MSc)

2010Dahlia Kairy

Assessment of telereadaptation: clinical and organisational changes (PhD)

2009Quan Nha Hong

Knowledge transfer in occupational health (MSc)

2009Alexandre Beaudoin

Assessment of forensic technologies (MSc)

2008Olivier Demers-Payette

Knowledge transfer in the context of a scientific café (MSc)

2008Alexandra Kossowski

Citizen involvement in health technology assessment (MSc)

2008Julie Fattal

Patient and consumer groups in health technology assessment (MSc)

2007Warren Winkelman

Information technology for chronically ill patients (postdoc)

2006Pierre Dagenais

Clinical practice guidelines for osteoporosis (MSc)

2006Janet Martin

Hospital-based health technology assessment (MSc)

2005Brigitte Côté

Knowledge transfer on the efficacy of insulin pumps (MSc)

2004Robert Geneau

Organization of clinical practice in family medicine (PhD)

2004Renald Lemieux

Assessment of scanner-based teleradiology (MSc)

2004Serge Péloquin

Dissemination of positron emission tomography (PET) in Quebec (MSc)

2003Myriam Hivon

Knowledge transfer in healthcare organizations (postdoc)

2003André Chevrier

Implementation of a Health Technology Assessment unit (MSc)

2002Olivier Sossa

Hospital-based health technology assessment (MSc)

2001Jennie Gagné

Involvement of elderly persons in research (MSc)


This 7-year research program will clarify the mechanisms by which a different technology creation paradigm can contribute to healthcare sustainability, address the needs of a growing elderly population, support patients who are afflicted by chronic diseases and reduce health disparities through affordable and user-friendly innovations.

Scholarship in this area is warranted when one considers the capital-intensive nature of R&D and how high-tech services make “choosing wisely” [hyperlien section Canadienne] steadily more difficult.

Our findings will prove of strategic importance to health and innovation policymakers, entrepreneurs and investors. It can profoundly benefit patients and healthcare providers because it will evidence alternative ways of designing, financing and commercializing technologies.


By analyzing the practical insights of health innovators on what is and is not responsible innovation in health, this paper demonstrates how they consider both the desirability and feasibility of responsibility features when contemplating their operationalization

Lysanne Rivard & Pascale Lehoux (2019): When desirability and feasibility go hand in hand: innovators’ perspectives on what is and is not responsible innovation in health, Journal of Responsible Innovation

To generate an empirically-grounded model of why and how responsible innovations are produced, this paper provides a synthesis of 17 qualitative studies describing the development of responsible innovations that have an incidence on the determinants of health.

Lehoux, P., Daudelin, G., Denis, J.-L., Gauthier, P., Hagemeister, N. (2019). Pourquoi et comment sont conçues des innovations responsables ? Résultats d’une méta-ethnographie. Revue d’économie et de management de l’innovation.

To identify the challenges that responsible innovation in health should seek to address, this papers presents the findings of a synthesis of 254 articles that examined the challenges of health systems in 99 countries.

Lehoux, P., Roncarolo, F., Silva, H.P., Boivin, A., Denis, J.-L., Hébert, R. (2019). What health system challenges should responsible innovation in health address? Insights from an international scoping review. International Journal of Health Policy and Management.

This paper shows how an international panel of experts contributed to the development of a Responsible Innovation in Health (RIH) screening and assessment Tool.

Silva, H. P., Lehoux, P., & Hagemeister, N. (2018). Developing a tool to assess responsibility in health innovation: Results from an international delphi studyHealth Policy and Technology.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hlpt.2018.10.007.

With the help of empirical examples, this paper explores the relationships Responsible Innovation in Health (RIH) may entertain with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Lehoux, P., Pacifico Silva, H., Pozelli Sabio, R., & Roncarolo, F. (2018). The Unexplored Contribution of Responsible Innovation in Health to Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability10(11), 4015. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114015.

This article introduces an integrative RIH framework drawing on the RRI literature, the international literature on health systems as well as specific bodies of knowledge that shed light on key dimensions of health innovations.

Silva, H.P., Lehoux, P., Miller, F.A., Denis, J.-L. (2018). Introducing responsible innovation in health: a policy-oriented framework, Health Research Policy and Systems, doi: 10.1186/s12961-018-0362-5

Drawing on a prospective public deliberation study, this article offers sociological insights into the ways in which members of the public reason around assistive actions, be they performed by humans, machines or both.

Lehoux, P., Grimard, D. (2018). When robots care: Public deliberations on how technology and humans may support independent living for older adults, Social Science & Medicine, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.06.038

This article looks at what kind of research was conducted on Health System challenges, where it was performed, in which health sectors and on which populations. It also identifies the types of challenge that were most present and how they varied across countries

Roncarolo, F., Boivin, A., Denis, J.-L., Hébert, R., Lehoux, P. (2017). What do we know about the needs and challenges of health systems? A scoping review of the international literature, BMC Health Services Research, doi: 10.1186/s12913-017-2585-5

This article examines the rules that characterize economic policy, capital investment, and regulatory approval as well as the way these institutions enable and constrain the development of ventures at an early stage.

Lehoux, P., Daudelin, G., Denis, J.-L., Miller F.A. (2017). A Concurrent Analysis of Three Institutions that Transform Health Technology-Based Ventures: Economic Policy, Capital Investment, and Market Approval, Review of Policy Research, doi: 10.1111/ropr.12246

Building on insights from sociology of expectations and institutions, this paper elicits how specific institutional requirements provide potency to the expectations that pave the health technology development pathway.

Lehoux, P., Miller, F.A., Daudelin, G. (2016). Converting clinical risks into economic value: The role of expectations and institutions in health technology development, Technological Forcasting and Social Change, doi: 10.1016/j.techfore.2016.11.026

The goal of this paper is to clarify how entrepreneurs, investors, and regulatory agencies influence the value of emerging health technologies.

Lehoux, P., Miller, F.A., Daudelin, G., Denis, J.L. (2017). Providing value to new health technology: the early contribution of entrepreneurs, investors, and regulatory agencies, Int J Health Policy Manag, doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2017.11
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This article seeks to deepen our understanding of the responsible research and innovation (RRI) approach as it relates to health care systems, where the notion of responsibility is already deeply embedded.

Demers-Payette, O., Lehoux, P., Daudelin, G. (2016). Responsible research and innovation: a productive model for the future of medical innovation, Journal of Responsible Innovation, doi: 10.1080/23299460.2016.1256659

This article aims to generate a better understanding of the historical Research & Development dynamics that have contributed to shape today’s medical innovation ecosystem.

Lehoux, P., Roncarolo, F., Rocha Oliveira, R., Pacifico Silva, H. (2016). Medical innovation and the sustainability of health systems: A historical perspective on technological change in health, Health Services Management Research, doi: 10.1177/0951484816670192

This paper brings forward why capital investors choose to invest in certain health technology-based ventures and not others, and how they influence the innovation process.

Lehoux, P., Miller, F.A., Daudelin, G., Urbach, D.R. (2015). How venture capitalists decide which new medical technologies come to exist. Science & Public Policy. doi: 10.1093/scipol/scv051

This paper clarifies why technology developers are pushed to prioritize design features that expedite sales, often to the detriment of design features that would increase the clinical value of their technology.

Lehoux et al. (2014). How do business models and health technology design influence each other? Insights from a longitudinal case study of three academic spin-offs. Research Policy. 43(6):1025-1038.

This book explains how health technology is embedded in broader social and political practices that can be reshaped through appropriate policy initiatives. It was short-listed along 3 others for the 2007 Best Book Award of the British Sociology Association and Sociology of Health & Illness.

Lehoux (2006). The problem of health technology. Policy implications for modern health care systems. New York: Routledge.

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The McConnell Foundation (Montreal) and MaRS (Toronto) are instrumental to innovation and social entrepreneurship in Canada. We have secured the collaboration of the Canadian medical device industry association (MEDEC); high-level policymakers; provincial research funding bodies (FRQ-S, Michael Smith Foundation); and the National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations (NAPHRO).