Biodesign Innovation Fellowship

Features of the Fellowship

Features of the Fellowship

The first project-based, multi-disciplinary training program of its kind, the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship provides aspiring health technology innovators with unparalleled opportunities.

The key features of the program have been designed to educate and empower the future healthcare leaders of tomorrow.

These features include:

Mentoring and networking

One of the defining aspects of the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship is the tremendous network of mentors who help guide the fellows through their projects. In addition to Stanford Medicine and Engineering faculty, the teams interact with more 100 industry experts in design, research and development, intellectual property, clinical testing, regulatory, reimbursement, finance, sales and marketing, and other relevant areas. The Biodesign Innovation Fellows leave our program with extensive health technology industry connections to help them further their careers.

Opportunities in connected health

As the health technology domain has expanded from traditional devices and diagnostics to include digital health applications, health IT, and technology-enabled health services, the training and mentorship offered in the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship has evolved in parallel.


The single most important change in the current health technology environment is the need to optimize the economic value that new innovations create for the healthcare system. Accordingly, Biodesign Innovation Fellows are shown how to identify cost-reducing opportunities and invent technologies with compelling value propositions to support their widespread adoption.

Global engagement

While the health technology sector is in the US remains robust, needs and opportunities are rapidly expanding in geographies around the world. Biodesign Innovation Fellows are trained to understand global opportunities and markets, and can take advantage of the connections Stanford Bidoesign has with partner programs, particularly in the Asia Pacific region and in Europe. 

Externship experience

During the fellowship year, all Biodesign Innovation Fellows spend approximately one month exploring a segment of the health tech industry that they otherwise might not experience. For example, physicians might take a role inside corporate innovation teams or in a design firm. Engineers might join a life science venture firm or participate in the development of a clinical trial for a health technology company. The opportunities are diverse and the experiences offer unique opportunities for our fellows to broaden their perspectives.

Customized career planning

Because the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship prepares the fellows for a wide variety of careers, the Biodesign program offers personalized guidance as an essential aspect to helping each fellow chart a unique course into a health technology leadership role.