BIOE 371 Global Biodesign: Medical Technology in an International Context

Students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty from the schools of business, engineering, humanities & science, law and medicine are invited to participate in the Elective Course, Bioengineering (Bioe) 371. This course examines the development and commercialization of innovative medical technologies in different global settings.

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Faculty and guest speakers from the medtech field will discuss the status of the industry, as well as opportunities in and challenges to medical technology innovation unique to seven primary geographic regions: Africa, China, Europe, India, Japan, Latin America, and the United States. Students will be exposed to the biodesign innovation process, which provides a proven approach for identifying important unmet medical needs and inventing meaningful solutions to address them. They will also explore key differences between the covered geographies, which range from emerging markets with vast bottom-of-the-pyramid and growing middle class populations, to well-established markets with sophisticated demands and shifting demographics. The class will utilize real-world case studies and class projects (for 3-unit students) to promote engagement and provide a hands-on learning experience.

Course Topics

  • Needs finding/empathy
  • Disease/stakeholder analysis
  • Existing solutions/market analysis
  • Ideation and initial concept selection
  • Regulatory, clinical, and reimbursement
  • Intellectual property, design, and prototyping
  • Commercialization (marketing, sales, and distribution)

Course Content

Course content (syllabus, homework assignments, etc.) is maintained on the Stanford Coursework website. Once a student is enrolled in the course, Coursework access will be provided.

Quarters Spring
Course Number BIOE 371
Cross-listings Med 271, OIT 587
Day, Time Wednesday, 4:15 - 5:45 pm
Content Global Medtech Innovation
Course Directors Yock, Doshi, Shen, Pietzsch, Mairal
Location Thornton 102
Units 1 or 3 (1 unit students will earn Credit/No Credit or P/F only)
Schools Engineering/ Medicine/Business

Course Requirements

Students may take the course for 1 unit, which requires attending at least 9 of the 10 lectures to complete the course. 1 unit students will be eligible for Credit/No Credit or Pass/ Fail grading. Students taking the course for 3 units will be required to complete a midterm document, final paper and presentation and will receive letter grades.

Distance Learning

This course is also offered online through Stanford Center for Professional Development(SCPD). Distance Learners can watch the course by video each week within 24 hours of the actual course delivery. This course can be combined with three other online courses to complete a Biodesign Certificate. Further information about the certificate is available on the SCPD website.

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Syllabus for 2015

1-Apr Global MedTech Overview Jan Pietzsch

Process Overview

Michael Gropp
Former Vice President, Global Regulatory Strategy, Medtronic Inc.

International Trends Driving and Re-directing Demand for Medical Technology Innovation

8-Apr Latin America Anurag Mairal

Needs Finding/ Empathy

Santiago Ocejo


15-Apr Africa Anurag Mairal

Disease/ Stakeholder Analysis

Steve Rudy
22-Apr India Rajiv Doshi

Existing Solutions/Market Analysis

K.T. Rao


29-April China Chris Shen

Ideation/Initial Concept Selection

Dorothea Koh
6-May Europe Jan Pietzsch

Regulatory/ Reimbursement

Lou Villalba
13-May United States Chris Shen


Yashdeep Kumar

20-May Japan Anurag Mairal


Darrell Zoromski


27-May Lessons from the Field Paul Yock Panel of Global Entrepreneurs
3-Jun Student presentations All Faculty