BIOE 371 Global Biodesign: Medical Technology in an International Context

Audience: Graduate students from any school across the University interested in global medical technology innovation and working on a multidisciplinary project team to assist a real-world company.

Instructors: Jan Pietzsch, Raj Doshi, Chris Shen, and Anurag Mairal of Stanford Biodesign

Course Overview
Faculty and guest speakers from around the world will discuss the status of the global medtech industry, as well as trends and issues affecting medical technology innovation in seven primary geographic regions: Africa, China, Europe, India, Japan, Latin America, and the United States. Students will 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 to promote engagement and provide a hands-on learning experience.

Project Overview
Students will work in multidisciplinary teams with real-world companies to develop a plan for bringing an existing product to a new global market. For example, one team might work with a company based in India to examine the market for its product in China. Another might engage with a US-based company interested in entering Europe. Students will interact with representatives from their chosen company throughout the quarter, as well as with a faculty mentor, and present their recommendations at the conclusion of spring term.

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Quarters Spring
Course Number BIOE 371
Cross-listings Med 271, OIT 587
Day, Time Wednesday, 3:00 - 5:50 pm
Content Global Medtech Innovation
Course Directors Yock, Doshi, Shen, Pietzsch, Mairal
Location Thornton 102
Units 3 units
Schools Engineering/ Medicine/Business

Course Requirements

Students taking the course 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.