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Friday, October 11, 2019 from 4:00-5PM 
The 21st Annual Fogarty Lecture

The 21st Annual Thomas J. Fogarty, MD Lecture: Focus on Innovation will feature Brook Byers, founding partner at Kleiner Perkins. 

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Biospectrum Asia, 8/14/19 Empowering Asia's healthtech innovators    

Learn how Singapore Biodesign was modeled after Stanford Biodesign, and how the now-independent program is playing a key role in accelerating health technology innovation and adoption in Asia.

Stanford Medicine Scope, 8/13/19 Ears, noses, and throats    

The newest class of Biodesign Innovation Fellows will concentrate their efforts to find and solve important problems in care in the field of otolaryngology.

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/12/19 Advice for the next generation of health technology innovators   

Outgoing Innovation Fellowship director Todd Brinton shares hard-won lessons from 14 years as a physician, innovator, and teacher.

STAT News, 7/3/19 Health tech companies often flop. But this researcher's track record suggests there's a strategy for success   

Paul Yock offers an unrivaled perspective on what it takes for a health technology startup to succeed - and why so many of them fail.

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.

MedTechDive, 6/14/19 Margin for Error "Almost Zero" in Testing Pediatric Devices   

Learn more about the UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium led by Stanford Biodesign's own James Wall.

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.

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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.

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.

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.