About Us

Stanford Biodesign is proud of what we have accomplished since our inception, but we are even more energized about what we will achieve in the coming years with the support of our tremendous community.

"The innovation process that you learn at Stanford Biodesign will change your life. We're teaching people how to improve health."
- Victor McCray, MD, 2010-11 Biodesign Innovation Fellow

Twenty years ago, we founded Stanford Biodesign to create an ecosystem of training and support for Stanford University students, fellows, and faculty with the talent and ambition to become health technology innovators. Our goal was to provide the knowledge, skills, mentoring, and networking required to deliver meaningful and valuable innovations to patients everywhere.

Today, new health technologies developed by our trainees during their time in our programs have helped more than 9.4 million people. The Center leads the University as a model of interdisciplinary collaboration and translation, and our needs-driven innovation process is the foundation of health technology training programs worldwide.  In the video below, produced for our 20th anniversary, our alumni describe the remarkable impact Stanford Biodesign's training has had on their lives and on the lives of patients and loved ones.  Are you ready to make a difference?



Learn about our setting at Stanford Bio-X, an interdisciplinary hub with connections across the schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Business. And about Stanford University’s location in Silicon Valley, which gives us unprecedented access to world-class mentors and coaches who help our trainees more effectively address critical healthcare needs.

We’re also proud of the extraordinary impact our alumni are having in improving patient care around the world. And we continue to advance our programs and approach to help them keep pace with the rapidly changing health innovation ecosystem. Our thriving Stanford Biodesign community isn’t just responding to an evolving industry, we’re helping to define it.

Want to see how far we've come? See our Timeline & History page.