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Biodesign faculty, students, fellows and alumni have received numerous awards since the start of the program.

August 2014 The Brun team (SIB 2013) has received a grant from Govt. of India, received the Lunar design award and won a business plan competition in Africa; all for their device that monitors fetal activity.

July 2014 The Biodesign program was a recipient of the inaugural Tracy T. Lefteroff Fund Award for the 'From the Innovator's Workbench' series. The award provides funds to cover one Workbench per year named in honor of the late Tracy Lefteroff.

June 2014 Team Madorra won an E-Team grant from NCIIA .

June 2014 The Madorra team took a prize for their Elevator Pitch (worth $10,000) at the Founders.org competition in Paris, France.

June 2014 The Sohum device and one of its co-founders, Neeti Kailas, has received the Rolex Award. Kailas and her husband Nitin Sisodia (SIB Fellow, 2010) launched the Sohum Innovation Lab in India, where they’ve developed a prototype for a device to detect hearing loss in infants. Neeti is being honored by the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, which recognize five young laureates, all 30 or younger, for taking on some of the world’s biggest challenges. The prize is $56,000.

June 2014 Team MITS took 3rd place for the BME-Idea awards, given at the MDMA conference in New York on June 11, 2014. Their device treats Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

June 2014 Former fellows Sid Sinha and Ravi Pamnani and current SIB fellows Balaji Teegala, Prashant Jha and Anirudh Chaturvedi were awarded the Robert Howard Next Step award at the Biodesign graduation ceremony.

May 2014 Teams Madorra, MITS and Caydian (the three US fellowship teams for the 2013-14 year) have all been awarded summer extension funding. This will allow 1-2 team members per team to continue for 3 months developing their projects.

May 2014 Team Madorra, Fellows from the 2013-14 White Team, have placed 2nd in the BASES E-Challenge, with an award of $10,000.

May 2014 Project ClearEar (from the Biodesign Innovation Course in 2012) won the speed pitch award at AARP's Health50 conference. Congrats to Lily Truong and Vandana Jain.

May 2014 Team Magneato, Fellows from the 2013-14 Red Team, are finalists in the BME-IDEA competition.

April 2014 Caydian, a company coming from our Specialty team for 2013-14 has been making the competition circuit: the took 2nd place in the Dreamers competition at Chapman College for their night tremors prevention device. The award was $6,000. The team, composed of Varun Boriah and Andy Rink, was admitted to StartX, a Stanford student-run incubator. They also took 2nd place in the Duke University competition and took "Most Innovative Idea" at the University of North Dakota Giants Entrepreneurship Challenge.

April 2014The Awair team (device to numb the throat to eliminate discomfort from the breathing tube for critically ill ventilated patients) took first place in the Life Sciences Track at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship's Startup Competition. Congratulations to Rush Bartlett, Ryan Van Wert and Frank Wang.

April 2014 Manu Prakash and George Korirwere awarded the $50,000 first prize in the Moore Foundation Science Play and Research Kit Competition, for their chemistry “lab on a chip,” which they based on a technology known as microfluidics that involves etching and depositing pipes, valves and pumps onto a silicon chip. Dr. Prakash has been a pioneer in using microfluids rather than electric current to both act as computer logic and simultaneously manipulate materials to create chemical reactions. Dr. Prakash’s laboratory was also awarded $757,000 to manufacture 10,000 Foldscopes, to be distributed to people who submit a question they would like to use the instrument to help answer. In the two weeks after the March 11 announcement, more than 8,000 applications had been received.

March 2014 The 2013-14 Specialty team of Andy Rink and Varun Boriah has been awarded a $5,000 E-Team grant from NCIIA for Caydian, their project helping prevent night terrors in children.

February 2014 Abhinav Ramani, Global Fellow for 2013, was one of a team who received a CTSA Spectrum grant for the project" A cost-effective solution for management of perioperative normothermia."

February 2014 Biodesign has received a substantial award from the Coulter Foundation to develop video material to accompany our upcoming textbook, our course and to supplement the Coulter College materials.

October 2013 IndioLabs, a company from the 2011-12 SIB Fellowship, took first place for Poster presentation at the IKP Conference (Hyderabad) in the Medical Devices Category.

July 2013 The Awair team (Specialty Fellows, 2012-13) have been chosen for an E-Team award from NCIIA for $20,000.

July 2013 The 2012-13 Innovation White Team (John Paderi, Kate Rosenbluth and Vijay Rajasekhar) took first place in the Santa Clara University Boomers Business Plan Competition for their essential tremor device. The prize was $10,000.

June 2013 Avijit Bansal and Ayesha Chaurdhary, 2010 SIB Fellows, have received an India Science & Technology Endowment Fund Award for their device, NeoBreathe. The grant, $450,000, will fund the development of the device toward point of sale. Stanford Biodesign received $50,000 of the grant to help assess other potential (outside India) markets Matthew Callaghan, with his device OneBreathe is also being considered for an award. Also awarded: D-Rev for the Jaipur knee device, developed at Stanford through a Biodesign grant.

June 2013 Congrats to AWAIR, our 2012-13 Specialty team's device that is a catheter that continuously applies topical anesthetic to the throat to reduce endotracheal tube discomfort. They took second place in BME-IDEA winning $5,000.

June 2013 Congratulations to SIB Fellow Nitin Sisodia and Neeti Kailas (Sohum) and Biodesign Innovation Fellows (White TEam) John Paderi, Kate Rosenbluth and Vijay Rajasekhar (Resido) for winning the Robert Howard Next Step Award for 2013. The award comes with 100 hours of consulting time with Lunar, a design firm in San Francisco, for each team.

May 2013 The Specialty Team for the 2012-13 Fellowship took first place in the Stanford eChallenge Business Plan Competition for their AWAIR respiratory device. They won $25k. The White Team for the 2012-13 Fellowship took second place in the Stanford eChallenge Business Plan Competition for their Essential Tremor device. They won $12.5k. The Specialty Team also took 3rd place in the Social Challenge for their End-of-Life application. C-IDEA -funded projects Anjna and AdaptAir also took prizes in the Social Challenge. Congrats to all.

May 2013 Our Singapore faculty and fellows have created a device to preserve vascular access for hemodialysis. Two Singapore patents have been filed and Exploit Technologies Ltd is awarding SSB a S$1.5M grant to further the project.

April 2013 The White Team for the 2012-13 Fellowship took first place in the Berkeley Business Plan Competition. They won both the Life Science Award ($5k) and the Overall award ($20k)

April 2013 Congrats to the Fellowship Specialty Team for 2012-13 who were recently awarded an NCIIA grant for Awair: Breathe Better Technology. The grant of $5,000 will pay for technical and commercial development.

April 2013 Abhinav Ramani, our 2013 Global Fellow, has been awarded a Whitaker International Summer Fellowship to study in India.

April 2013 The Fellowship White Team from 2012-13 (Jonathan Coe, Jeremy Koehler, Swami Gnanashanmugam and Insoo Suh) have been accepted into the Fogarty Institute for Innovation with their device to manage surgical infections.

March 2013 Ayesha Chaudhary, Chinmay Deodhar, Darshan Nayak and Nitin Sisodia (all SIB Fellows) were named Top 20 Innovators under 35 in India by MIT's Tech Review.

January 2013 The Red Team from 2011-12 have received a Spectrum grant for "A Novel Device to Prevent Surgical Wound Infections: A Pilot Clinical Study" The team is Jonathan Coe, Insoo Suh, Jeremy Koehler and Swami Gnanashanmugan. The award is $25,000.

January 2013 Two members of the White Team from 2011-12 have receiveda Spectrum grant for "Development and Testing of a Prevention Device for Ventilator Associated Pneumonia: The BronchoGuard." The award is $25,000.

January 2013 Congratulations to our SIB fellows from 2012 who won first prize in the IT Kharagpur Empresario B Plan competition for BioScoop, their liver biopsy device.

October 2012 Congratulations to Jasmine Zia, 2011-12 Fellow, for winning the Health 2.0 SF HealthE Habits Codeathon for her iPhone app called GutGuru. The prize was $4000.

September 2012 Nish Chasmawala and Amit Sharma, founders of Consure Medical, have received an award from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum Endowment Fund for "A novel way to manage fecal incontinence in non-ambulatory patients." The prize is shared with Lunar.

September 2012 A student team from Korea who studied the Biodesign Program returned to Korea to present their findings in a competition and earned second prize for their study.

August 2012 PuraCath Medical, a company started from the Biodesign class in 2010, has received NSF SBIR Phase I and II financing.

August 2012 Congratulations to our SIB alums, Nishith Chasmawala and Amit Sharma for receiving investment from the Indian Innovation Fund, Indian Angel Network and India Venture Partners for their newly funded startup, Consure Medical. The company started out of the SIB fellowship.

July 2012 Congratulations to the 2011-12 White Team who received and NCIIA award for $20,000 for their newly formed company Prescient Surgical. The funds will be used to futher their CleanCision device.

June 2012 Dr. Richard Popp is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Rambam Award, honoring "exceptional individuals for their prodigious contributions to science, medicine, and technology, as well as for their leadership and contributions to humanity." Dr. Popp received the honor at the Rambam Summit at Technion University's Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel.

June 2012 Team DiaLock (SSB Fellows 2012) and Team Calcula (Red Innovation Team 11-12) have won the first ever Robert Howard Award. The award provides 100 hours of consulting from Lunar, a local design firm.

May 2012 Congratulations to several of our Advisory faculty who recently received awards: Scott Delp, the John W. Gardner Visionary Award, Pathways Hospice Foundation; Geoff Gurtner, Award for Outstanding Achievement in Basic and Translational Research, Plastic Surgery Foundation; Michael Longaker, Flance-Karl Award, American Surgical Association

May 2012 The Biodesign Innovation Fellows Red Team who took 1st place in BASES EChallenge. Prize: $25,000.

May 2012 Congratulations to Tom Fogarty, advising faculty and mentor to the Biodesign program, on his recent induction into the National Academy of Inventors Fellowship, a newly established Fellow membership category of the NAI. Dr. Fogarty is the first NAI Fellow.

May 2012 SIB Project from the 3rd year Fellows received a Center for Innovation in Global Health seed grant. The project, “Newborn hearing screening in the developing world – toward implementation of a novel device and innovative model of service delivery”, has been awarded $50,000.

April 30, 2012 The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship White Team was accepted into StartX - an on-campus incubator which provides funding, space and mentorship. StartX was initiated by Stanford students to support other students doing entrepreneurial activities.

April 26, 2012 The Biodesign Innovation Fellows Red Team who took another 1st place, this time in the Berkeley Business Plan competition for their company Calcula Technologies. Grand prize is $20,000, first in category was worth $5,000

April 2012 Two teams from the Stanford-India Biodesign program got into the final round for the United States - India Science and Technology Endowment Fund grants. These grants, up to $500k each, must include participants from both the US and India.

April 16, 2012 Congratulations to the Biodesign Innovation Fellows Red Team who took 1st place in the Tulane Business Plan competition for their company Calcula Technologies. First place takes home a sweet $50,000.

March 30, 2012 Congratulations to Dr. Paul Yock, Director of Biodesign, Billy Loo, Asst. Prof, Radiation Ocology and Peter Maxim, Asst. Prof Radiation Ocology for their recent Coulter Grant Award for Pluridirectional High-Energy Agile Scanning Electron Radiotherapy (PHASER.) The grant is for $50,000.

December 2011Ashish Nimgaonkar, Biodesign fellow 2010-11, has received a $25,000 Spectrum Award for his project, " A Minimally Invasive Method of Treating Patients with Refractory Ascites." Sonny Sabhlok, a Biodesign Global Exchange student, received $20,000 for a screening device for neonatal jaundice.

November 2011 OneBreath, Matthew Callaghan's ventilator device, took 2nd Place at the Purdue University Life Sciences Business Plan Competition. The prize is $15,000.

October 2011 Edwards Life Sciences has given a $35,000 grant to Stanford Biodesign.

October 2011 Dr. Geoffrey C. Gurtner, Advisory faculty for Biodesign, has been selected by the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) to receive the 2011 PSF Outstanding Achievement in Basic and Translational Research Award at this year's ASPS/PSF Annual Meeting.

August 2011 Ashish Nimgaonkur and Brandon Felkins have received an NCIIA E-Team grant for his device for the management of ascites, a condition in which large quantity of fluid accumulates within the abdominal cavity. This condition is a complication of various underlying disease such as Cirrhosis, Cancer and Heart Failure. The grant is for $20,000.

August 2011 Matthew Callaghan has received an NCIIA E-Team grant for his heart failure device project. The award is $20,000.

June, 2011 Oculeve took 2nd place in the BMEIdea competition. The 2nd prize award is $2,500.

June, 2011 Oculeve also entered the Venture Cup Startup Competition in Denmark and won 1st prize in the Healthcare category. The prize is $10,000 plus additional entrepeurial services.

June, 2011 Oculeve took first place in the London Business School Entrepreneurship Club's Business Plan Competition. The prize is £10,000.

June, 2011 Oculeve has taken Biotech/Life Sciences Product award in the E. Challenge 5th Annual $100k Business Plan Pitch Competition. The award included a $2,000 prize.

May, 2011 Scott Delp, the James H. Clark Professor in the School of Engineering and Engineering advisor to Biodesign, has been named the 2011 recipient of the American Society of Biomechanics Borelli Award.

May, 2011 The Oculeve team (Biodesign Fellows 2010-11 Red Team) has taken 1st prize in the Stanford BASES E-Challenge.

May, 2011 One Biodesign course project and one Biodesign fellowship project from 2010 have been awarded NCIIA Advanced E-Team grants. Congrats to the Deep Vein Insufficiency project and the CathNect medical team.

May, 2011 The Oculeve team (Biodesign Fellows 2010-11 Red Team) has been quite busy! They are currently finalists in the following competitions: NCIIA's BME-IDEA (top 3 finalists), BASES (top 5), Danish Venture Cup, London Business School Business Plan Competition, UCSD Entrepreneurship Challenge Business plan. See below for previous win.

April, 2011 Intimal Solutions, the company started by 2nd Year Fellow Fletcher Wilson and James Yu, fellow 2009-10, has taken grand prize in the Berkeley Business Plan Competition sponsored by the Lester Entepreneurship Program. Grand Prize is $20,000. They also took first prize in the Life Sciences category, worth another $5,000.

April, 2011 Congratulations to the Biodesign Innovation Red Team for taking first prize in the UCSD Entrepreneurship Challenge for their company Oculeve, whose product REVIVE, treats moderate to severe dry eye disease. The prize included $2500 in cash and $5000 in legal support.

March, 2011 Three of the five research teams that have received a total of $432,000 in seed grant funds from the Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Grant Program at Stanford are Biodesign projects. The three Biodesign projects receiving the 2011 grants are:

  • A novel solution for temporary cardiac pacing — Jeffrey Feinstein, MD, associate professor of bioengineering and of pediatric cardiology, and Paul Wang, MD, professor of cardiovascular medicine.
  • Portable respiratory acoustic monitoring device — Thomas Krummel, MD, professor of surgery and of bioengineering, and Paul Sharek, MD, associate professor of pediatrics.
  • Minimally invasive creation of autologous venous valves for the treatment of deep venous insufficiency — Paul Yock, MD, professor of bioengineering and of medicine, and Jason Lee, MD, assistant professor of surgery with Fletcher Wilson, and R. James Yu.

February, 2011 Five medical technology teams from Stanford Biodesign have received a total of $125,000 through the Spectrum pilot grant program. The Biodesign program and Spectrum, the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research, are working together to improve and advance the training of young innovators, while at the same time accelerating the development of novel medical technologies and diagnostics. Biodesign projects are funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health, and Stanford institutional and philanthropic funds. “The biodesign approach to identifying and tackling clinical needs has been extremely effective,” said Spectrum director, Harry Greenberg, MD. “As of 2010, Biodesign inventions have resulted in almost 200 patent applications, and over 35,000 patients have been treated by devices created through the program.” The five projects and investigator teams receiving funds include:

  • An image-guided device that prevents gallstone obstruction in patients who want to avoid surgery — Matthew Callaghan, MD, postdoctoral scholar, and Thomas Krummel, MD, chair of surgery.
  • A low-cost test for diagnosing diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and African sleeping sickness in underserved global regions — Manu Prakash, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering.
  • A novel approach to cardiac rhythm support that reduces complications associated with current technologies — Aravind Swaminathan, MD, and Ellis Garai, both graduate students and former Biodesign fellows.
  • An advanced system for treating atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm problem affecting more than 2 million Americans — Paul Wang, MD, professor of cardiovascular medicine; Fritz Prinz, PhD, chair of the mechanical engineering; Robert Robbins, MD, chair of cardiothoracic surgery; and Amin Al-Ahmad, MD, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine.
  • A minimally invasive treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, in which damaged veins are not able to pump enough oxygen-poor blood back to the heart — Fletcher Wilson, Biodesign fellow and R. James Yu, MD, urology fellow and former Biodesign fellow

January, 2011 Balram Bhargava, Executive Director of SIB in India, received an award of the Indian Science Congress Association at the 98th Indian Science Congress. He was one of 26 persons receiving an award, recipients of which included five Nobel Laureates.

January, 2011 Paul Yock is featured on the AdvaMed 'life changing Innovation' website.

November, 2010 National Geographic features several low cost devices in an article entitled Big Ideas, Little Packages. One is the asthma device invented by one of our Mexico Fellows, Santiago Ocejo, and Eric Green and Barry Wohl. Their company, Respira, produces a spacer for inhalers that delivers asthma medication.

October, 2010 The Biodesign program will participate in an $8 million NIH Director's award to help establish a global health consortium at Stanford geared to accelerating progress in diagnostics, drugs and devices. Michele Barry, the Senior Associate Dean of Global Health, is the Principal Investigator. The Fogarty International Center will administer this important effort that is designed to encourage integration of the university's business, design, medicine and engineering programs to cultivate new collaborations and expand scientific progress in global health.

November, 2010 Paul Yock is one of four honorees (the others are Tom Fogarty, Julio Palmaz and John Simpson) at the Annual Pulse of the City Gala event, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation. "Honoring the achievements of four visionary individuals whose innovative spirit and creative talent have transformed interventional cardiovascular medicine, touching the lives of countless individuals suffering from heart disease and improving patient care around the world."

September, 2010 Chris Eversull, a fellow from of our first year of fellows, was given a Teaching Excellence award from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

August, 2010 The 2008 SIB Fellows, Nish Chasmawala and Amit Sharma, have started a company: ConSure Medical, which was recently recognized as one of the Top 75 startups in India to bet on by DARE magazine.

August 2, 2010 Biodesign has been awarded an $80K grant from St. Jude Medical in support of the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship.

June 17, 2010 The Fellowship Team of Pedram Afshar, Partha Ray, Fletcher Wilson and James Yu took First Place for the 2-minute elevator pitcher for their Intimal Solutions Project, a minimally invasive way to restore valve competency in patients with venous stasis ulcers due to deep venous reflux. The student team from the Biodesign Innovation class that found a solution to infections due to peritoneal dialysis took First Place for the business plan competition. The fellows team won $1000. The student team of Julia Rasooly, Andy Katz-Mayfield, Danielle Weiss, Zaafir Kherani and Will Boenig won $10,000. Congratulations to all!

June, 2010 Matthew Callaghan's low-cost ventilator project has taken 2nd place in the BMEIdea competition.

June, 2010 Drew Hall, a Electrical Engineering student, and Richard Gaster, a medical and bioengineering student, competed in the BASES business plan competition for their handheld diagnostic device, NanoLab. In a competition with nearly 500 entries, and their device took first prize. The Biodesign faculty have provided mentoring to the team. Earlier this same device won the BME-Idea award and an IEEE prize.

June, 2010 Issue of Popular Mechanics The Low Cost Ventilator has been selected to receive one of Popular Science 2010 Invention Awards. Ten inventions were selected for the honor. Congrats to Matthew Callaghan, 2008-2010 Fellow.

May, 2010 The Stanford Student Biodesign and Biopharma club won the Dean of Students Award for Outstanding Achievement. They are pictured accepting the award with Roula El-Asmar of Biodesign.

May, 2010 The low cost ventilator team (Fellow 2008-2010) has been selected as a finalist in the BMEIdea competition sponsored by the NCIIA.

April, 2010 Of the record number of 500 Global Social Venture Competition plans received this year, sixteen teams with plans to produce both revenue and social change competed in the finals at the 11th Annual event. Re:Motion Designs, a Stanford University venture providing high performance, affordable prosthetics for amputees in the developing world, won the $25,000 first prize. The team’s JaipurKnee is a polymer-based polycentric knee joint that can be manufactured for less than $20 and has been featured by Time Magazine and BusinessWeek as a major innovation of 2009.

April, 2010 Orpheus Medical, a company started by 2008-09 fellows, won the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition.  Orpheus won both the Life Science Track and the Grand Prize, for a total of $25,000.  Orpheus has now won all three major Bay Area business plan competitions (the others being Stanford E-Challenge and the Boomer Venture Summit).  Their product is in pre-clinical testing and looking for seed-stage investment.

April, 2010 iRhythm, a company that was started from technology of the 05-06 Fellows and founded by Uday Kumar, has been awarded the Medical Design Excellence Award for 2010. The awards are announced in the April issue of Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry magazine.

April, 2010 Dr. Michael Longaker, advisory faculty for Biodesign, was named the first recipient of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons Basic Science/Translational Researcher of the Year Award.

March, 2010 Avi Roop and Kevin Chao, 2008-2010 Innovation Fellows, were awarded 3rd Prize in the Venture Challenge hosted by the Entrepreneurial Management Center, San Diego State University for their Miret Surgical device. They received an award of $1500.

March, 2010 Healhspottr.com has named Paul Yock and Josh Makower to their top 100 Future Health list.

March, 2010 Nish Chasmawala, 2008 Stanford-India Biodesign Fellow, was awarded the India TR35, MIT's award for the the top 35 innovators under 35. Read more about the awards.

March, 2010 Four teams from Biodesign received NCIIA E-Team grants. They are the 2009-10 Fellowship White Team, the 2009-10 Fellowship Red Team, the 2008-10 Fellowship 2nd year white team and Matt Callaghan, a 2008-09 Fellow who had an individual project.

December, 2009 The Jaipur Knee is selected by CNN as one of the top 10 inventions for 2009.

November, 2009 Driptech, the business started by Peter Frykman, a Biodesign Teaching Assistant in 2007, is featured prominently as one of Businessweek's Most Intriguing New Startups for 2009.

November, 2009 The Jaipur Knee, designed by students in Tom Andriacchi's class as the Biodesign-sponsored project, has been selected as one of Time Magazine's Top 50 Inventions for 2009. Congratulations to the student team: Ayo Roberts, Joel Sadler, Angelo Szychowski, Eric Thorsell and Ellis Garai (2009 Biodesign Fellow).

November, 2009 We congratulate Srinivas Jaggu, a 2008-2010 Stanford-India Biodesign fellow, who was recently chosen as one of the first TEDIndia Fellows for 2009.

November, 2009 Stanford School of Medicine instructor and former Biodesign student, Daniel Kraft, MD, gave a talk at TED MED in February, 2009. Kraft showed off the Marrow Miner, a device he invented to harvest bone marrow and explains how the adult stem cells found in bone marrow can be used to treat many terminal conditions. See the video.

October, 2009 Tom Krummel, the Emile Holman Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery and Co-Director of the Biodesign Program, was recently installed as the President of the Halsted Society for the 2010 Society year. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious surgical organizations in the country whose purpose is to further the scientific principles and ideals; to encourage exchange of ideas, free and informal discussion, and a spirit of sociability and good fellowship among its members.

October, 2009 Scott Delp, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering and of Mechanical Engineering, and, by courtesy, or Orthopaedic Surgery, co-director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Computation and Advisory Faculty in the Biodesign Program, has been appointed as an initial holder of the James H. Clark Professorship in the School of Engineering. The James H. Clark Fund for Bioengineering was established in 1999 to support bioengineering faculty generally, and was previously used to support new faculty in starting up their labs.

October, 2009 Biodesign has been selected to be the recipient of a $25,000 grant from Edwards Life Sciences.

September, 2009 Embrace, the Stanford student started company that manufactures low-cost infant warming blankets, has been named one of 25 Community Service Honorees by Time Magazine.

September, 2009 Long time supporter of Biodesign, Eberhard Grube, has been chosen to receive the first-ever Geoffrey O. Hartzler Master Clinical Operation Award for technical excellence and commitment for his work that has advanced the field of interventional cardiology. The award is given by the Cardiovascualr Resarch Foundation.

September, 2009 Driptech, a low-cost drip irrigation technology started by Peter Frykman (former Biodesign TA), was recently given the 2009 Tech Awards Laureate by the San Jose Tech Museum, recognizing innovative use of technology for the benefit of humanity.  The awards ceremony and gala dinner will be held in November.

July, 2009 The Stanford India Biodesign Fellows 2008 won the first prize in business plan competition – “India Innovation Pioneers Challenge 2009” held at Intel campus, Bangalore. The team comprising Srinivas Kiran Jaggu, Jayant S. Karve and Dr. Sandeep Singh presented a novel device to access circulation in clinical emergencies where IV access fails. The team will get an opportunity to showcase their plan at Intel+UC-Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge in Berkeley,CA to be held in November 2009. Department of Science and Technology (DST), Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and Intel jointly organized the competition.

July, 2009 An Intern team from Stanford India Biodesign, comprising Shitij Malhotra, Mansi Aggarwal and Pooja Singh,won the first prize at the BEST programme for their concept “Vein Location - Cost effective, non-invasive, easy to use portable device.” This national level programme aimed at encouraging young post-graduate and doctoral students in developing biotechnology entrepreneurship and exposing them to issues involved in commercialization of bio-science culminated in an entrepreneurship workshop at Bangalore from the 25th to 27th July 2009. Mr Shrikumar Suryanarayan, Director General mentored the conduct of the programme. The winning teams will be given an opportunity to present their concepts at BioInvest 2009, the annual summit of Biotech entrepreneurs, professionals and institutional investors, at Mumbai on 5th Nov 2009.

June, 2009 The Re:motion team consisting of Joel Sadler, Eric Thorsell and Ellis Garai won $20,000 at the Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Competition (Social-E Challenge) for the Jaipur-knee. The product is a polymer-based knee joint that can be manufactured for less than $20. The JaipurKnee is in field trials in India and has been fitted on over 150 patients to date. They were recently featured in Businessweek and Fast Company among others.

June, 2009 The Fellows White Team (Greg Magee, Erika Palmer, Jake Brenner and Ruey Peh) has been awarded first prize for HemoRx, a medical device company with a better solution for hemorrhoids, in the Boomers Competition hosted by Santa Clara University. The award is $10,000.

June, 2009 Drew Hall, a fourth-year student in electrical engineering, and Richard Gaster, a medical and bioengineering student, were presented with $10,000 at an award ceremony for their handheld diagnostic device, "lab on a stick". More than 200 students from every continent except Antarctica submitted technological solutions to societal problems, and the entries of the 15 finalists were evaluated by the immediate past, present and future presidents of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In addition to a monetary reward, in recognition of this achievement, they had a minor planet named for them by the LINEAR Program of MIT Lincoln Laboratory.They had previous won the BME-Idea award for 2009. This invention will be especially useful in remote areas where access to labs is not always feasible. Their success has been detailed at the Stanford News website.

June, 2009 Dr. Thomas Krummel, Emile Holman Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, Susan B. Ford Surgeon-in-Chief at LPCH, and Professor, by courtesy, of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Director of the Biodesign Program, has received the "Outstanding Achievement in Medicine Award" from the Santa Clara County Medical Association. This award is given to a physician member of the Association who, during his/her medical career, has made unique contributions to the betterment of patient care, for which he/she has achieved widespread recognition.

June, 2009 Stroke Coach, an iphone application, received three awards in the CS 194 class' Software Faire. The application, devised by David Boudreault (Fellow, 2007-2009) and developed by undergraduate students Adam Bernstein, Eric Ellenoff, John Laxson and Aaron Sarnoff, assists patients at risk from stroke in recognizing the symptoms of a true stroke and encourage and enable them to seek treatment. The application won the three awards including the VC award and Best in Show.

June, 2009 Respira, the company started by the students who worked with the Biodesign Mexico fellows in 2007, won first place in the BASES Social EChallenge - they tied with Re:Motion Designs, a company formed by students who created a low-cost prosthetic knee joint, a project sponsored by Biodesign.

May, 2009 The Fellows White Team (Greg Magee, Erika Palmer, Jake Brenner and Ruey Peh) has been awarded first prize for HemoRx, a medical device company with a better solution for hemorrhoids, in the E-challenge business plan competition. The prize is $25,000.

May, 2009 Miret Surgical, the company that has been started by Kevin Chao and Avi Roop, has made the finals in the Boomers Competition at Santa Clara University. The final round of judging will take place at Santa Clara University as part of the Silicon Valley Boomer Summit and Business Plan Competition and Summit on June 16-17, 2009.

May, 2009 Sankalp 2009, India’s Largest Social Enterprise and Investment Forum, announced awards for innovative key entrepreneur ideation in the healthcare sector. The Sankalp 2009 Emerging Award for Healthcare was won by Biosense Technologies, an enterprise that is actively focused on combating anaemia-the cause of 40% maternal and infant mortality. Darshan Nayak, 09 SIB Fellow, is the co-founder of Biosense.

April, 2009 The Biodesign White Team (Greg Magee, Erika Palmer, Jake Brenner and Ruey Peh) have been awarded an NCIIA E-Team grant for their project on fecal incontinence.

March, 2009 Matthew Callaghan (2008-09 Fellow) is a member of a team of researchers who have been awarded a Coulter Translational Research Grant. Their project is "A Low Cost Ventilator for Use in Developing Nations and Large Scale Disasters."

March, 2009 The 2008 Stanford-India Biodesign Fellows (Nish Chasmawala, Srinivas Jaggu, Jayant Karve, Amit Sharma and Sandeep Singh) have received two grants to forward their projects. The first is $150K from COSAT, the R&D development branch of Johnson & Johnson. The second is $100K from the Department of Biotechnology in the Indian Government. The funds will be used to forward two of their projects from the fellowship.

March, 2009 The Biodesign Red Team (Joelle Abra, Kevin Chao, Matthew Callaghan, and Avi Roop) for 2008-09 have made the finals of the Rice Business Plan Competition. Their concept is a surgical tool kit that enables standard laparoscopic techniques during cholecystectomy without producing visible scars.

March, 2009 Amir Belson, 2001-02 Fellow has been awarded an Invention Award by Popular Science Magazine (pdf).

February, 2009 Avi Roop, Kevin Chao, Greg Magee and Ronald Jou (2008-09 Fellows) teamed up to become 'Team SkullFX' in order to submit an invention to the 2008 Bike Safety Invention Challenge at Stanford. They took 2nd place in the challenge with their invention of the Halo lighting system.

February, 2009 Dr. Tom Krummel, the Emile Holman Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, has been selected to receive the 2009 Santa Clara County Medical Association "Outstanding Achievement in Medicine."

February, 2009 Paul Yock, Director of Biodesign, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

January, 2009 Biodesign is used as an example of the right approach to technology translation in the new book "Tapping the Riches of Science: Universities and the Promise of Economic Growth" by Roger Geiger and Creso Sa [Harvard University Press, 2008. 251 pp. ISBN: 978-0-674-03128-9]

November, 2008 Tom Andriacchi's course, Medical Device Design, produced the First Place winner in the The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Arc Welding Awards for "An Above-knee Prosthesis Designed for Extreme Affordability." The students on the team were Ayo Roberts, Joel Sadler, Angelo Szychowski, Eric Thorsell.

November, 2008 Tom Krummel, Co-director of Biodesign, has been elected Vice President and President Elect of the Halsted Society.

October, 2008 A Stanford team of students received first prize in the BME-IDEA competition. The team of Ellis Garai, Anup Shah, and Sumona Nag, won with Rapid Suture, a small, inexpensive device that allows for quick, safe, and easy surgical tissue manipulation during laparoscopic procedures. The prize is $10,000. Congratulations!

October, 2008 Thomas Krummel and Paul Wang, faculty in Biodesign, have been awarded grants by NCIIA for the following projects, respectively: "Low Cost Ventilator for Use in Developing Nations and Large Scale Disasters" and "Endurance Rhythm."

August, 2008 The Biodesign Program is highlighted as an innovative educational program in the new book by Judith Estrin, "Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy," McGraw-Hill, 2008. 272 pp. ISBN: 978-0-071-49987-3]

July, 2008 Bilal Shafi, Biodesign fellow 2005-2007, was selected by MIT's technology review as one of the nation's top technology innovators under 35. Read the press release (pdf).

June, 2008 After a spectacular pitch and superior question-answering skills amongst stiff competition (over 60 competitors), the Fellowship WhiteTeam (Jamie van Hoften, Dorothea Koh, Ronald Jou, Brian Fahey and Zachary Edmonds) took home first prize and a $10,000 check at the Boomer Venture Summit with their rehabilitation device.

May, 2008 Stanford Wins $30 Million Federal Grant to Help Turn Research Into Medical Care. A large federal grant recognizing the Stanford University School of Medicine's potential to translate laboratory discoveries into advances in health care has placed the school among a core group of academic medical centers funded to crack this surprisingly hard problem. The grant will support, among other things, two 'technology accelerator' programs, one for medical technology and the other for drugs and diagnostics, that will advise faculty and students on how to develop their inventions and foster partnerships with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. These programs will build on Stanford's already successful efforts such as the Biodesign Program, which trains students and fellows in medicine, engineering and business to develop biomedical devices, and the SPARK program, which provides a year of funding for promising biomedical projects and mentoring by faculty with company experience.

May, 2008 The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship White team (Jamie van Hoften, Dorothea Koh, Ronald Jou, Brian Fahey and Zachary Edmonds) has won first place in the I-Challenge Final Round for their project based on a clinical need in muscle rehabilitation for long term care patients. The team won $1000.

April, 2008 The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship Red team (David Boudreault, Marie Guion-Johnson, Nandan Lad and Beverly Tang) were awarded an e-team NCIIA grant for $20,000. Their submission is titled "A Novel, Robust Device to Prevent Fetal Death during Labor & Delivery."

April, 2008 The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship Red team (David Boudreault, Marie Guion-Johnson, Nandan Lad and Beverly Tang) submitted a 100 word 'Big Idea' to the Uuni competition. They were selected among the top 75 groups to move onto the second stage - which includes a 1500 word write-up and 1 minute video. They've been awarded a letter of commendation for being a regional winner. If they win the second stage, they head to London, England to present their work. The first prize award is 20,000 pounds.

March, 2008 Team rubber 3 (three Biodesign innovation fellows) attempted the Innovation Challenge for EWeek and came out winning "Biggest Failure." Yes, that was one of the awards. There was a lesson to be learned: See the video!

January, 2008 Dr. Paul Yock, the Martha Meier Weiland Professor in the School of Medicine, Professor of Bioengineering and Director of Biodesign, will be recipient of the American College of Cardiology Foundation's Distinguished Scientist Award "for his development of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging and his other innovative contributions to vascular devices as well as cardiovascular education."

November, 2007 InSite Medical Technologies (San Francisco, CA), an early stage medical device company focused on the safe and accurate delivery of epidural anesthesia, has received an SBIR Phase I Award from the National Science Foundation to support development of its proprietary epidural access technology. The need for innovation in the delivery of regional anesthesia was identified by a team of Fellows (Stephen Eichmann, Zachary Malchano, James Wall, and Kenneth Wu) in the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship Program at Stanford University. The group was awarded a grant in early 2007 from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) that allowed the team to develop initial prototypes and perform early proof-of-concept studies.  Wall and Wu are currently leading the effort to develop their technology for clinical use.

October, 2007 StemCor gets FDA approval Congratulations to StemCor Systems, who received FDA approval today for their MarrowMiner (TM) product. Daniel Kraft, founder of StemCor, invented the technology while working with Biodesign.

September, 2007 The 2006 Biodesign team in course ME382 consisting of Melanie Fox (Delp Lab), Chandra Mohan Jha (Kenny lab),  Grant Lee, JinHoon Park, and Gabriel Sanchez (Andriacchi lab)  received the James F. Lincoln Gold Award for their initial design of a new glaucoma preventing implant. The proposed device lowers ocular pressure by draining excess aqueous fluid from the anterior chamber. A microprocessor monitors the eye pressure and holds it at a pre-determined healthy level. In addition, the device could prevent hypotony, or dangerously low eye pressure, which is a side-effect of some currently available implants

September, 2007 LifeScience Alley announced that Paul G. Yock, M.D., director of Stanford University's program in Biodesign, will give the keynote address during the luncheon at the association's annual conference on December 6, 2007.

September, 2007 The 2006-07 Biodesign Innovation Fellows Steve Eichmann, Zach Malchano, James Wall, and Ken Wu were awarded an Advanced E-Team grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIIA; http://www.nciia.org) for a project focused on the improved delivery of regional anesthesia.  The Advanced E-Team grant provides funding support to bring innovative ideas to prototypes and potentially to market.  The grant award of $18,500 will be used, in part, to develop advanced prototypes for bench-top and pre-clinical testing.   Milestones for the team include developing a complete business plan and financial model, bench-top and pre-clinical testing, FDA regulatory submission, and fundraising for project commercialization.

September, 2007 Fellows Venita Chandra and Rich Vecchiotti were awarded a NCIIA (National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance) Advanced E-Team grants for our novel stress urinary incontinence device. The NCIIA grant provided teams with financial support to bring an innovative product or technology from idea to prototype, and eventually to market. Successful E-Team grant proposals demonstrate an idea’s technical feasibility, social value, and potential for commercialization. Advanced E-Team grants range in size from $1,000 to $20,000; the grant period is twelve to eighteen months.   They were awarded $16,500. 

August, 2007 Mexico Fellow Santiago Ocejo, is part of team that has reached the finals in the Changemakers Collaborative Competition. The team, which includes Eric Green (SoM), Ocejo, John Hutchison (GSB), Irit Epelbaum (GSB) and Yungmoon Change (SoE), created a paper tube device to help deliver medicine to asthmatic children in rural Mexico. The team has been selected to compete for a $5,000 prize from the non-profit group, Changemakers.

June, 2007 BMEidea Competition Second prize went to the enLight: Enabling Life with Light team from Stanford University. The team is developing a novel treatment for Parkinson's Disease that enables the effective and reliable control of neural activity using light. The device combines gene delivery of a light-sensitive ion channel with an implantable optical stimulator to directly and specifically control the neurons involved in Parkinson's.

June, 2007 Theo Tam, alumni Biodesign student, recently received the CUREs competition first prize with a proposal for a low cost medical device to help diagnose and treat cervical cancer in developing countries. CUREs is a medical device competition sponsored through Duke University's Engineering World Health program where Tam is a graduate student.

June, 2007 The White Team (Venita Chandra, Rich Vecchiotti, Tatum Tarin, Ross Venook, Joel Goldsmith) has been selected as a finalist in the BoomerVentures competition through Santa Clara University. They were selected from 12 semi-finalists to move to the next stage. Winners will be announced June 19. Grand Prize is $10,000.

May, 2007 Dr. Paul Yock was awarded a Doctor of Science (Hon.) from Amherst College where he graduated in the class of 1973. He was one of eight individuals to receive such honors for the 2006-07 academic year.

May, 2007 The Biodesign Innovation Fellows Steve Eichmann, Zach Malchano, James Wall, and Ken Wu are finalists in the Stanford BASES E-Challenge business plan competition for their company focused on improving delivery of regional anesthesia. The Stanford Entrepreneur's Challenge (E-Challenge) is an annual business plan competition conducted by the Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students (BASES) with the purpose of developing the next generation of entrepreneurs. The competition, involving written and presented business plan information, consists of three rounds of judging by local entreprenuers, venture capitalists, and angel investors. Over 113 teams submitted business plans for review, 27 presented during the semi-final round, and 8 teams now remain for the final round of presentations and judging. The team was subsequently invited to participate in the DFJ business plan challenge among the top b-plans from the state of California's b-plan competitions with a potential prize of $250K

April, 2007 A Wound Closure team member from the Biodesign Innovation Course in 2006 and other GSB students (Dr. Milana Trounce, Avishai Shoham, Kristen Gasior and Adam de la Zerda) earned first place for their project: Short Pulsed Laser for Wound Closure at the Women 2.0 awards.

October, 2006 The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) honored Paul G. Yock, MD, with this year's TCT Career Achievement Award. Yock is the Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine and Director of Biodesign. The award honors Yock's achievements not only as a world-renowned inventor, but also as an outstanding educator and leader.

October, 2006 The Institute for Health Technology Studies (InHealth) has awarded a one-year research grants to Dr. Paul Yock. The project will document the current regulatory and commercialization processes required of new medical technologies.

February, 2006 Dr. Thomas Krummel, the Emile Holman Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at SUMC, Susan B. Ford Surgeon-in-Chief at Packard Children’s and Director of the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship for Surgery was elected the Secretary Treasurer of the prestigious Halstead Society. He will serve a 3-year term and then become Vice President, and in 2009-10 he will serve as President.

February, 2006 John Linehan, Consulting Professor of Bioengineering and Executive Editor of bmesource.org, was elected into the National Academy of Engineering, the country’s highest academic distinction for engineers.

February, 2006 Cardiovascular Team has been awarded an e-Team grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovator’s Alliance (NCIIA) for their development of a new catheter-based system for cardiac ablation.

February, 2006 Alex Butterwick, a PhD student in applied physics, Ashish Mitra, a mechanical engineering student, Dr. Martin Ng, an interventional cardiology fellow and John White, an MBA student and Biodesign Innovation Fellow have secured a grant from the NCIIA. The team is developing a novel endovascular fixation technology.

November, 2005 Dan Riskin, former Surgical Innovation Fellow, had been honored in MIT’S Tech Review as one of their Top 35 Innovators under 35.

August, 2005 Six Stanford University students have been named winners of the first Biomedical Engineering Innovation Design Award (BMEidea) competition. The team was awarded $10,000 by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) for inventing a novel way to treat cerebral aneurysm—a bulging weak spot on an artery in the brain that, if ruptured, may cause seizures and even death.

July, 2005 This year's Innovation Fellows team received First Runner-Up in the BASES e-challenge for a device concept in the stroke prevention area. The team consisted of Shubhayu Basu, Corinne Bright, Henry Chen and Ken Martin. The team received a prize of $15,000.

October, 2005 Paul Yock, Co-Chair of Bioengineering and Professor of Medicine, Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy), was recently awarded the 2005 Innovator Award for the Phoenix Hall of Fame for Medical Device and Diagnostic Leadership.

November, 2005 Stanford students swept the James F. Lincoln awards this year. The Stanford Biodesign Innovation Program Team-Buzzy Bonneau, Jeremy Dittmer, Surag Mantri, Ryan McDonell, Tim Ramsey and Tejas Mazmudar for A Device to Prevent Falls in the Elderly received a Silver Award.

February, 2005 The Licensing Foundation of LES awarded the 2005 Edwin A. Shalloway Graduate Student Licensing Competition award to the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship Team.

July, 2004 Biodesign Innovation Fellows Place 2nd in BASES e-challenge. Their invention, a new approach for the treatment of stroke complications, has garnered major attention and appears likely to be developed into a new clinical technology over the next few years.

December, 2003 Beverly Bangayan, Mariel Fabro and Rajan Prakash who won the gold award in the prestigious national Lincoln Design competition for their ME382 project "Interventional Aortic Valve Repair System." This team was sponsored by Biodesign.

December, 2003 The team of Raphael Michel, Elizabeth Dzeng, Fay Xing, and Jessica March from the Biodesign Innovation course received an NCIIA E-Team award for their Med 272 project "Transesophageal Cooling Device."