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 will provide an overview of medtech innovation - from India to Europe to China.

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This seminar examines the development and commercialization of medical technologies in the global setting focusing primarily on Europe, India and China. Faculty and guest speakers from industry and government will discuss the status of the industry, as well as opportunities in and challenges to medical technology innovation unique to each geography. Topics related to development of technologies for bottom of the pyramid markets will also be addressed. 

Course Topics

  • Demographics and disease burden
  • Regulatory
  • Clinical Infrastructure
  • Reimbursement
  • Sales/Marketing/Distribution
  • Intellectual Property

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.

Syllabus for 2014 (2015 syllabus to posted soon)

2-Apr Introduction and Global Overview

Jan Pietzsch

Course Introduction

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

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

9-Apr Europe

Jan Pietzsch

Introduction to Europe

Greg Bakan
Former VP Sales & Marketing
Nevro, Ardian, Emphasys

Early-stage clinical work and market development in the EU

16-Apr Europe Jan Pietzsch

Sheri Dodd
Vice President,

Value for Money: Healthcare decision making in Europe and the impact on innovation


Lars Hoffman
Head Global OUtbound Product Management Angiography and Interventional X-Ray systems, Siemens AG

European Markets and Healthcare Systems

23-Apr India

Anurag Mairal

Introduction to Indian MedTech

Rajiv Doshi

Overview of Stanford-India Biodesign

Creating products for India - a multinational perspective

30-April India

Rajiv Doshi

Krista Donaldson
CEO, D-Rev

Designing and Scaling Affordable Medical Devices

7-May Asia Pacific

Chris Shen



Michael Zhang, Chairman, Otsuka Medical Devices

Microport: China from a China perspective

Dr. Ty Hu, Founder and CEO, Gateway Innovation Center

A Sea Turtle Story: China Entrepreneurship from a Returnee's Perspective

14-May Asia Pacific Chris Shen

Koji Nakao, Chairman, Terumo

Medical Device Market in Japan


Fumiaki Ikeno, MD, Cardiovascular Medicine
Stanford University

Dr. Masakazu Yagi

Dr. Yujiro Maeda

21-May Other Markets

Anurag Mairal


Robson Capasso
Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University Medical School

Latin America

Moshe Pinto, CEO, Home Dialysis Plus


28-May Putting it all Together Paul Yock

Karun Naga, VP, Altura Medical

IP Perspective


Dr. Chen Yu, Managing Director
ViVo Ventures

PC Perspective


Darrell Zoromski, CEO, Miramar Labs

Start-up CEO Perspective

4-Jun Student presentations All Faculty

Andrew Cleeland, CEO, Twelve, Inc


Gabriela Zelaya, International Trade Specialist, Silicon Valley U.S. Export Assistance Center




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 Gates B03
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.

Students Observe in Chhattisgarh