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Embrace the Future with Technology Scouting

Intermediate | Duration: 47:51 | Homework 00:10


Innovating alone is a difficult road. This course will show you why technology scouting is a must. It will cover how to conduct it, and why fitting it with ideation forms a whole greater than its part. Also, enjoy key resources to help you on your journey including templates, checklists, and more.

Prerequisites and audience


  • Basic knowledge of innovation management
  • Interest in external innovation and intelligence


  • R&D, NPD, open innovation, innovation leaders
  • Internal and consulting tech scouts
  • Students or lecturers of open innovation

Course Goal

To learn and understand the process, benefits, and potential pitfalls of technology scouting so the audience can confidently expand their external innovation capabilities. The audience will specifically learn:

  • How to run a successful technology scout, including a 6-step process to ensure you reach your innovation goals.
  • How technology scouting ensures you find the best possible solution – someone, somewhere, has already solved your problem!
  • Sure-fire ways to ensure no missed opportunities.
  • How to avoid challenges with technology scouting so your technology scout is as efficient and as fast as possible, accelerating your speed to market.


After the course, you have the option to purchase a digital micro-credential certificate, linked to the Blockchain, for USD99.



David Greenhalgh

David is the director and principal innovation partner at IOCIS Consulting, supporting chemistry-using clients with innovation management challenges. He has spent the last 23 years working in multiple manufacturing and chemistry-using industries with extensive periods in the healthcare & life sciences sectors, with large global corporations, such as Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Mölnlycke. His expertise and extensive experience cover all parts of innovation management, from the ‘fuzzy’ front end to commercialization and post-launch support. David has specialist knowledge in technology scouting, mapping, and open innovation and external innovation collaboration in the industry and the public sector, from creating sector-specific innovation ecosystems and networks to participating in EU Framework Programmes to foster research and innovation. Dr. Greenhalgh is Six-Sigma trained in the process and Johnson & Johnson design excellence and recently became a licensed practitioner with Innovation360. He also has a degree in chemistry and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical formulation science.


Debasis Sengupta

It was an insightful course; it helped me understand the steps of tech scouting, even though it is a complex process.

Dr. Kasia Hein-Peters

I liked a very thorough approach to technology scouting.

Gerry Purcell

Well done David! Very insightful.