Biodesign Innovation Course

Student Experiences

The primary goal of the Stanford Biodesign Innovation course is to teach students a proven, repeatable approach to innovation that they can apply in any technology domain. Many class alumni end up pursuing healthcare careers and report finding the process valuable whether they’re designing medical products, driving innovation inside a major device corporation, working inside a provider organization, making life science investments, or starting-up their own health technology company. Read more about student experiences below, and learn about additional start-ups launched out of the Biodesign Innovation course on our Companies page.

Project Spotlight

  • Biodesign Innovators Clear a Path to Market

    Earwax build-up is a common condition that causes discomfort and impaired hearing. While the condition is simple, the treatment is not, generally requiring the services of a medical specialist. To make ear cleaning more accessible and less expensive, two Biodesign Innovators teamed up to develop a safe and effective ear cleaning device for primary care doctors that ultimately morphed into a successful consumer medical device called OTO-TIP.


  • To Help Protect Vulnerable Newborns, Stanford Biodesigners Create New Tool

    Eighty percent of low birthweight babies admitted to the pediatric neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) require an umbilical catheter to provide vital nutrition and medication. While these catheters serve as lifelines for the fragile babies, they can also be the source of costly and potentially lethal blood stream infections. A team of students from the Stanford Biodesign Innovation course is determined to eliminate this risk with an innovative new approach.


What Students Are Saying…

“Biodesign Innovation allowed me to understand everything possible about the medtech industry. I felt empowered to cofound a medical device start-up (an offshoot of the Biodesign class itself). I would not have been able to do it without taking the class. The teaching, professors, guest speakers, and the intellectual rigor in the class is very inspiring.”

“The Biodesign Innovation course was one of the top academic experiences that I had at Stanford, hands down, across schools and across my undergraduate and graduate studies... an exceptionally thoughtful, thorough, and high-quality curriculum that taught while also inspiring and energizing.”

“It was just amazing the amount of support and resources provided through the Biodesign Innovation class. It’s more than just a class, it’s like joining a network…or being a part of something much bigger.”

“Biodesign Innovation helped me hone my leadership style, particularly when it comes to creating and nurturing a culture that allows for risk taking and failure, communicating constructive feedback, and motivating diverse teams.”

“By far the best course I've taken at Stanford. If you're at all interested in the medical device industry, this is absolutely the class to take. Even people who might not want to design their own products or join a start-up will get something useful out of this experience.”