Stories

Read about interesting projects coming out of Stanford Biodesign and the remarkable people who make them happen.

  • Prescient Surgical: Building Acceptance for a Novel Technology

    United by a passion for surgical innovation, the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellows behind Prescient Surgical discovered an opportunity to help surgeons and hospitals address a major, but sensitive topic: surgical site infections. They devised technology that combined wound protection and irrigation into an intuitive and easy-to-use wound retraction system that clears the harmful bacteria that can infect the surgical incision. After overcoming obstacles in developing a working prototype, the innovators confronted a new challenge—helping surgeons acknowledge an uncomfortable problem and change their practices in an area that had been absent of technical innovation in more than a decade.

  • It Takes a University: How a Determined Team Developed a Technology to Protect Vulnerable Newborns

    Too often in the health field, new technologies that could substantially improve care never make it to patients because the market is small and the economics don’t support the high cost of developing, testing, and manufacturing a new device. But, by leveraging resources from across Stanford University, a team of innovators found a way to bring one such technology forward that could improve the odds for critically ill babies.

  • A Sore Throat Can Hurt Your Child's Heart

    Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) starts in childhood as strep throat. If not properly treated, it can lead to debilitating heart damage and death. To increase awareness of the early symptoms of RHD and its consequences in India, three Stanford-India Biodesign Fellows teamed up with Edwards Lifesciences to produce a public service video.

  • Achieving Medtech Leadership in Asia through Innovation Education

    Singapore-Stanford Biodesign, Japan Biodesign, and Stanford Biodesign recently convened more than 50 individuals from across the Asia Pacific region for the second annual BME-IDEA APAC meeting to network and share best practices in medtech innovation education.

  • Global Innovator Spotlight: Amit Sharma

    For Amit Sharma, being an innovator is not about running with the pack, it’s about being brave enough to stand alone or alongside those who have been left behind.

  • Global Innovator Spotlight: Avijit Bansal

    For Avijit Bansal, being an innovator is not about taking the well-beaten path; it’s about reshaping humanity’s idea of what’s possible.

  • Biodesign NEXT Facilitates Student Plans to Help Low-Income Californians Eat Healthy

    With limited access to health care services, low-income Californians have a high prevalence of chronic conditions including obesity and diabetes. To help reduce their health risks, a team of students in Stanford’s Biodesign for Mobile Health course conceived a mobile app that would help them consume a more nutritious diet. When the end of the quarter threatened to halt their progress prematurely, the team turned to a new funding program, Biodesign NEXT, to keep their endeavor moving forward.

  • Biodesign Alum Frees Diabetes Patients from Painful Glucose Monitoring

    For people with diabetes, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels requires frequent, painful monitoring. Inspired by the promise of sensor technology, one Biodesign alumnus used his innovation training to lead the development of a revolutionary system that makes blood glucose monitoring simple, painless, affordable, and discreet.

  • Bioengineering Students Develop Better Cystic Fibrosis Treatment for Patients On-the-Go

    Treatment to remove the sticky mucus from the lungs of a cystic fibrosis patient takes up to two hours a day. Because it is deeply disruptive as well as uncomfortable, many patients skip therapy, increasing their risk of lung infection. Five senior undergraduate students in the Biodesign Capstone course teamed up to invent a discreet, portable approach to treatment that is as simple as strapping on a backpack.

  • Paul Yock: Biodesign Approach to Training (5:30)

    Paul Yock, Founder and Director, describes his inspiration for starting Stanford Biodesign and provides a brief history of the center.