Stanford India Biodesign
The 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 Fellowship 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). In future years, the fellowship
and associated teaching programs will be developed in other centers in
Fellows receive tuition, stipend, and international travel support (for trips required for the fellowship.)
This highly competitive program is directed towards Indian citizens who have an interest in the invention and early-stage development of new medical technologies (medical devices). Successful applicants will have advanced degrees and/or significant work experience. University faculty are strongly encouraged to apply.
A portion of the fellowship is spent at Stanford University and the remainder in India. Fellows work on a multidisciplinary team joining other innovators with a combination of engineering, medical and business backgrounds.
The team examines clinical needs within the Indian setting, identifying opportunities for medical technology innovation. Working closely with Stanford, AIIMS and IIT Delhi faculty, the teams invent, prototype, develop and patent one or more new technologies. Fellows are also mentored by “real-world” experts from the medical technology, legal and venture capital industries in the United States and India.
The fellowship begins in January each year. For 2014 up to 4 fellows will be accepted.
Fellows must commit 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 are paid a full stipend while they are in the fellowship, although the amount varies between Stanford and Delhi. Any required tuition and health benefits are 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 2013 Summit was held in Delhi on December 5-6, 2013. The next summit will be held in Delhi in December, 2014. Date is to be determined.
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
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NeoBreathe, a company founded out of Stanford-India Biodesign, is featured at 26:50 into this video on Medtech developed in India. NOTE: Audio content is in Hindi. (Device shown is prototype and not product Windmill isdeveloping.)
- Eligibility Requirements
- Fellowship Timeline
- Application Instructions (for 2015 fellowship)
- Application is CLOSED for 2015 fellowship
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- The Year in Pictures
About the Program
- About Biodesign
- About AIIMS
- About IIT-Delhi
- News about SIB
- Faculty & Staff
- Devices out of the program
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.India