Stanford India Biodesign

SIB LogoThe goal of Stanford-India Biodesign is to train the next generation of medical technology innovators in India. This is facilitated through a fellowship, internships and events.

Funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, Stanford University, and other supporters, the SIB Program is centered in New Delhi and administered as a collaboration between Stanford University, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in partnership with the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF).


The Stanford-India Biodesign fellowship is in its final year and will no longer be accepting applications.

A new fellowship is being developed in India under the auspices of our partner at AIIMS. For information regarding that new fellowship, all queries may be directed to

Former Fellowship Information (program ran from 2008-2015)

The former program was directed towards Indian citizens who have an interest in the invention and early-stage development of new medical technologies (medical devices).

A portion of the fellowship was spent at Stanford University and the remainder in India. Fellows worked on a multidisciplinary team joining other innovators with a combination of engineering, medical and business backgrounds.

The team examined clinical needs within the Indian setting, identifying opportunities for medical technology innovation. Working closely with Stanford, AIIMS and IIT Delhi faculty, the teams invented, prototyped and patented one or more new technologies. Fellows were also mentored by “real-world” experts from the medical technology, legal and venture capital industries in the United States and India.

Fellows commited to remaining in India at the completion of the program, with the intent of returning to academia (to develop Biodesign-related programs), founding  startup companies or joining existing medical technology companies.

Fellows were paid a full stipend while they were in the fellowship, although the amount varies between Stanford and Delhi. Any required tuition and health benefits were also covered.

Nish Chasmawala talks about his invention from the 2008 SIB Fellowship and obtaining a Grand Challenge Grant from the Canadian government to support the project.


Internships are offered at the AIIMS SIB Centre on an annual basis. Interns spend several months at the SIB Centre working with the fellows to find solutions to the needs they have identified. Interns are mentored by the SIB Fellows and Faculty during their stay at AIIMS. Interns are paid a modest stipend. Further information is available on the Internship page.


Every year we hold an Indian Medtech Summit in Delhi, India. The AIIMS SIB faculty, fellows and staff facilitate the event and many members of the medtech community attend including AIIMS faculty, industry representatives, government officials, local and US-based entrepreneurs, fellows, students and others. The next summit will be held in Delhi in December, 2015.

Contact Information

The address at AIIMS for the SIB Centre

Stanford India Biodesign (SIB) Centre
Room No.108, Old OT Block (First Floor)
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029
Ph/Fax: +91-11-26588168



  • June 2015 Three devices that have come out of the program have been featured on The Week, a news magazine. Read the article.
  • April 2015 Noxeno, a device licensed to Innaccel in December 2013 from the 2013 SIB Fellowship, has garnered the Biotech Ignition Grant of ~50 lakhs ($800k).
  • March 2015 HiCare LiMo received Good Design award for the category of medical devices by Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.
  • NeoBreathe, a company founded out of Stanford-India Biodesign, is featured in avideo on Medtech developed in India.
  • Mar 29: Applications for Fellowship - deadline extended to 6 June 2014
  • Balram Bhargava, Executive Director for Stanford-India Biodesign, has been awarded the 'Padmashri' award in the field of medicine, the highest civilian award in india; announced the 26th of January 2014.
  • Pushkar Ingale is interviewed for this CNN piece on life-saving innovations in training in India.
  • September 2013 A license has been issued to the 2012 SIB fellows for their BioScoop device, a less invasive and safer way to perform liver biopsy.
  • August 2013 The limb immobilization device, invented in 2009 by SIB fellows, is now shipping product.
  • August 2013 SIB Fellows, faculty and alumni put on a two-day workshop for SGGS Engineering College, Nanded on Aug 8-9.
  • July 2013 Adithya Pasupuleti was selected as "Entrepreneur In Residence" at Villgro Innovation Foundation, Chennai. Adithya is a 2013 SIB intern.
  • May 2013 Deadline for SIB applications has been extended by 1 week to June 6, 2013 midnight PDT.
  • April 2013 Transferlife, a bedsheet technology developed by SIB interns, has been licensed to MGM Associates, a major supplier for ambulances for government and private hospitals to include in every emergency kit.
  • March 2013 Applications are now open for the Stanford-India Biodesign Fellowship for 2014.
  • March 2013 Announcing the next internship offering. Deadline March 31, 2013.
  • February 2013 SIB Alumni Pushkar Ingale (2010) and Siddhartha Joshi (2012) have joined forces with Laerdel to open a User Centered Lab in Pune. Sonakshi Pandey, a 2011 SIB intern, will also join the design team.
  • January 2013 SIB 5 (5th Team of the fellowship) has been awarded first prize at the IIT Kharagpur Empresario B Plan competition for their invention of a liver biopsy device.
  • December 2012 The 6th annual Indian Medtech Summit was held in Delhi at the India Habitat Center.
  • November 2012 Stanford-India Biodesign is highlighted in an article in the NY Times India Ink blog: In Delhi, a ‘Sand Hill Road’ for Cheap Health Care
  • October 2012 The Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) recently organized a workshop on Introduction to Intellectual Property for the SIB interns.
  • September 2012 The 6th Annual Indian Medtech Summit will be held on December 21, 2012.
  • August 2012 Consure Medical has launched in India - a product of the first year of SIB! Read more on our news page.

Fellowship Information

Internship Information

About the Program

Sourcebook Chapters

To supplement Biodesign textbook for global approaches to medtech, we are creating a set of "sourcebook" chapters that detail aspects of medtech in other regions of the globe. These chapters contain information on things such as healthcare system, regulatory climate and process, reimbursement mechanisms and IP information.