Biodesign Innovation Fellowship


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Find out what the Biodesign Process is

Spend a year learning the ins and outs of medtech innovation - from exploring needs in a hospital setting to selecting just the right one to work on. Next, you and your team will come up with dozens of potential solutions and file patents on your best ideas.

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Applications are closed for the 2015-16 Innovation Fellowship.

About the Fellowship

Each year, the Biodesign Program has two U.S.-based fellowship teams of four fellows working within a specific clinical area. Focus areas in the past have included Cardiovascular Medicine, Neurosurgery/ Neurology, Electrophysiology, Musculoskeletal, Regenerative Medicine, Anesthesia/Critical Care, Gastroenterology and General Surgery.

Team Based: Multidisciplinary teams of four graduate and/or postgraduate engineers, business professionals, bioscientists and physicians collaborate in a process involving clinical immersion, identification and verification of clinical problems, invention, prototyping, early-stage testing, and project planning.

Problem-Based, Solution-Driven: Teams invent new technologies that address major clinical and surgical needs. In the past ten years Biodesign Innovation teams have filed multiple patents, have introduced new technologies into clinical practice, have started new companies and have won many major technology development awards.

Schedule: All of the fellows complete a 10-month program, stipend supported. Surgeons in their two-year residency research period will complete a second year regardless of first-year team assignment. Other fellows will have the opportunity to do a second year if they are working on a project and are able to secure second year funding.

Faculty & Mentors: In addition to Stanford clinical and engineering faculty, the teams are mentored by over 100 "real world" experts in design, prototyping, regulatory, reimbursement, finance and other aspects of technology implementation.

Characteristics: Desirable fellow characteristics include demonstrated leadership potential, evidence of innovation within medical technology, knowledge of medicine and public health, engineering and business and the ability to work in a team.

Stipend: All fellows are paid a monthly stipend; health benefits are provided.

Candidates & Eligibility: Applicants with a background in engineering, medicine, biosciences or relevant business /technology are encouraged to apply. Masters, Medical or Doctorate degrees preferred. Resident/fellows in surgery who enjoy applying technology to solve unmet clinical needs and who thrive on the process of innovation are encouraged to apply for the Fellowship. Candidates will be judged in terms of potential to become leaders in biomedical technology innovation, including demonstrated potential for creativity, invention and implementation.

Selection: Each academic year we select eight fellows. Individuals with a special interest in medical technology development are welcome to apply. Surgeons in their residency or fellowship training may apply to be on one of the teams; further information is available on the surgical fellows page.

For 2015-16 Fellowship and Early Decision Applicants: Candidates selected to interview will be notified by in early October for interviews to be held October 16-17, 2014. Final selection of fellows will be announced by mid- to late-December.

Further Information

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