Biodesign Innovation Course
Biodesign Innovation is a fast-paced, project-based course for graduate and post-doctoral students with a passion for entrepreneurship and a commitment to improving healthcare for patients around the world through technology innovation.
Over two quarters, multidisciplinary teams of Stanford students research and validate real-world medical needs, invent new health technology products to address them, and plan for their implementation into patient care. At the end of the course, motivated teams have the opportunity to compete for funding to continue developing their projects (see our Grants page for more information about the summer extension program).
Our practical, proven process for health technology innovation is taught in a hand-on fashion with the help of dozens of experienced faculty, staff, and industry experts. Students receive coaching and guidance from a combination of the following contributors:
Seasoned professors with backgrounds in medicine, engineering, and business, and successful track records inventing and commercializing important health technologies. They provide a combination of didactic and hands-on learning.
Clinicians from Stanford Health Care who help students find a network of clinical contacts.
Executives from medtech start-ups who guide the teams on their unique innovation projects.
Subject Matter Experts
Specialists from the medtech industry who consult with the teams on specific aspects of their plans (e.g., intellectual property, regulation, reimbursement).
Corporate and Venture Investors
Medtech funders who help the teams evaluate and improve the commercial potential of their projects at the end of each quarter.
After taking Biodesign Innovation, students routinely apply their new skills to found start-up companies, launch medtech careers, and invest/consult in the life sciences fields. To learn more about the companies initiated from Stanford Biodesign projects, please see our Companies page.
Biodesign Innovation Course Leaders
- Paul Yock Founder, Director
- Todd Brinton Director, Innovation Fellowship
- Jay Watkins Co-Director, Biodesign Innovation Course
- Lyn Denend Director, Academic Programs
- Ross Venook Assistant Director, Engineering
- Douglas Rait Associate Director, Team Learning and Design
- Melanie Ester Course Manager and Academic Projects Coordinator