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Coming Soon!

From the Innovator's Workbench and
The 21st Annual Fogarty Lecture

Watch this space for details on the next From the Innovator's Workbench event, and the 21st Annual Thomas J. Fogarty, MD Lecture, coming this Fall at Stanford Biodesign. 


Recordings from Past Events

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McKinsey & Company Blog, 6/19/19 A conversation with the 2019 winners of the Robert Howard Next Step Award   

McKinsey & Company and Stanford Biodesign award this year's Robert Howard Next Step Award for innovation in health + medical design to two Stanford Engineering undergrads who re-engineered the tampon to eliminate leakage. The award conveys 200 hours of professional design consulting to help move the product towards the market.

Stanford Engineering Spotlight, 6/1/19 Alisha Birk, Mark Buckup, and Janelle Kaneda   

Stanford Biodesign Senior Capstone Design students design a device that enables early detection of infection in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis.

Stanford Medicine Scope, 5/3/19 Stanford Biodesign Tackles Gender Diversity in Health Technology Innovation   

Stanford Biodesign is leading efforts to close the gender gap in the health technology innovation industry, starting with a Summit where participants were asked to develop a deeper understanding of the problems before thinking about solutions.

The Future of Everything, 4/22/19 Identifying the Right Needs in Health Technology Innovation   

Paul Yock joins host Russ Altman on this Stanford Engineering podcast to discuss making health technology innovation a science rather than an art, and what happens when "tech" culture meets medical device culture.

Medtech Strategist, 4/3/19 Biodesign Bridges the Gender Gap   

Having identified a gender gap within its own program, Stanford Biodesign embarked on an initiative to bring more women into leadership roles in the program and in the larger health technology industry.

Stanford Medicine Research Office, 4/2/19 Making the Most of  a Medtech Pilot Grant  

Learn how innovators are benefiting from Spectrum MedTech Grants which are administered by Stanford Biodesign.

Stanford Medicine, 3/12/19 A Better Way To Resuscitate  

Stanford-India Biodesign Fellows invent a device to make newborn resuscitation easier.

Stanford Medicine, 2/5/19 Consortium Fosters Innovation in Pediatric Medical Devices  

Learn about the new UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium, led on the Stanford side by our assistant fellowship director, James Wall.

Stanford Medicine Scope, 1/30/19 Pediatric Surgeon Specializes in Solving Problems  

Get to know Tom Krummel, who discovered medicine by accident, pioneered the use of ECMO in infants and children, and is the co-director of Stanford Biodesign.

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Stanford Engineering, 1/23/19 Paul Yock Wins the National Academy of Engineering's Russ Prize  

Paul Yock is one of five innovators being honored for developing innovative medical devices that enable minimally invasive treatment of advanced coronary artery disease.

Hospital Insider, 12/18/18 The Asian-centric approach to diabetes  

A “diabetes clinic of the future” and other innovations could change diabetes management and treatment in Singapore. "Diabetes technologies developed in the west are not always applicable in Asia," said 2018 Singapore Biodesign fellow Dr. Andrew Chou.

Stanford Scope, 11/06/18 The releuctant entrepreneur: How a Stanford neurosurgeon advanced radiosurgery treatment and access  

Dr. John Adler says bringing new medical technologies from ideas into patient care is the hardest thing he’s ever done. “Don’t do it to make money," he cautioned. "Do it because you’re passionate.”

Stanford Engineering, 11/05/18 Through a critical lens: Students identify unmet healthcare needs 

Driven by a commitment to improving patient care, students research and validate real-world medical issues.

Venrock Podcast, 10/31/18 Serendipity and Success

Listen in: Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship director Todd Brinton on medical school, mentorship, innovation, and launching Shockwave, a novel treatment for peripheral artery disease.

Stanford Scope, 10/24/18 Raising awareness of rheumatic heart disease in India through biodesign 

What happens when the solution needed isn't a medical technology? This Stanford-India Biodesign Fellowship team found a different way to increase awareness of RHD in children in order to improve early diagnosis and treatment.


Many digital health companies fall short because they apply a strategy to healthcare that was developed and refined in the tech sector, an entirely different industry with its own set of rules. Paul Yock explains.

Le Temps, 10/04/18 Quand le «design thinking» révolutionne la médecine 

The Swiss Times interviewed assistant director of specialty fellowships Dan Azagury for a full page story about how Stanford Biodesign trains doctors and engineers to identify and solve problems in care.



Tina Seelig, a professor of management science and engineering, says yes. Learm more about her approach to creativity (and hear her "shout out" to Stanford Biodesign's director, Paul Yock!).


NuLeaf is a new mobile application specifically geared towards providing low-income Californians with nutritional guidance and meal planning services. It was developed by a team of five Stanford students in the Biodesign for Mobile Health course.