Biodesign Fundamentals

Overview

Biodesign Fundamentals is a one-quarter, project-based course that introduces undergraduate students to the biodesign innovation process and exposes them to key issues and trends affecting the health technology field. This course is taught by faculty instructors and a team of student peer mentors from the Stanford Student Biodesign group.

Throughout the quarter, course faculty and guests speakers from the health technology field share perspectives and examples that illustrate critical steps in the biodesign innovation process. Topics covered in class include disease research, competitive landscaping, stakeholder and market analysis, brainstorming, intellectual property, regulatory affairs, and funding approaches.

In parallel, students form multidisciplinary teams, investigate and validate an unmet clinical needs, identify gaps and opportunities in the need area, ideate and systematically select a lead concept to address the need, and determine its feasibility through prototyping and proof of concept testing. Hands-on coaching is provided to help students learn and apply the biodesign innovation process to their projects.

To apply for the spring 2017 offering of the course, please complete access the online application on or before March1. Contact Melanie Ester with any additional questions.

Course title
Biodesign Fundamentals
Course number(s) Quarter(s)
MED 275B SPRING
Schedule Units
TUESDAY/
THURSDAY
3:00-4:20 pm
4
Eligible students
Undergraduate, although students at any level may participate
Enrollment information
No application required; enroll through Axess
Learning goals
  • Gain exposure to the biodesign innovation process as a framework for identifying important unmet health needs, inventing meaningful technologies to address them, and then devising effective strategies to implement those solutions in a target market.
  • Learn to perform multi-faceted, comprehensive research on a need area, including understanding medical literature and technical reviews.
  • Practice communicating complex concepts via written and oral presentations to technical/non-technical and medical/non-medical audiences.
  • Get experience working on a multidisciplinary teams and working collaboratively to ensure the team’s success.
  • Interact with role models and industry experts who can help guide students in career paths related to health technology innovation.

What the Students Are Saying…

“It was a great chance to be exposed to new ideas and the process of developing a device. Highly recommend to those with little or no experience in this field.”

“This is a course that teaches you a LOT about the soft skills and business side of engineering and the medtech that most other classes here at Stanford don't teach. Great class!”