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Upcoming Events

Friday, October 11, 2019 from 4:00-5PM 
The 21st Annual Fogarty Lecture: A Conversation with Brook Byers

Brook Byers formed the first Life Sciences practice group in the venture capital profession in 1984. He has been closely involved with more than sixty new technology-based ventures, over half of which have already become public companies.

Please join Biodesign co-director, Tom Krummel, MD in this one-on-one conversation as Brook shares insights from 40 years of working with scientists, physicians, engineers, and patients to create new products and build companies. 

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Digital Health Today, 9/12/19 The Need for Needs-Based Innovation    

Marta Zanchi, founding director of the Biodesign for Digital Health course, explains how to de-risk innovation in digital health by starting by collecting a large set of needs, then filtering them to determine which are most ripe for innovation.

Biospectrum Asia, 8/14/19 Empowering Asia's healthtech innovators    

Learn how Singapore Biodesign was modeled after Stanford Biodesign, and how the now-independent program is playing a key role in accelerating health technology innovation and adoption in Asia.

Stanford Medicine Scope, 8/13/19 Ears, noses, and throats    

The newest class of Biodesign Innovation Fellows will concentrate their efforts to find and solve important problems in care in the field of otolaryngology.

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/12/19 Advice for the next generation of health technology innovators   

Outgoing Innovation Fellowship director Todd Brinton shares hard-won lessons from 14 years as a physician, innovator, and teacher.

STAT News, 7/3/19 Health tech companies often flop. But this researcher's track record suggests there's a strategy for success   

Paul Yock offers an unrivaled perspective on what it takes for a health technology startup to succeed - and why so many of them fail.

McKinsey & Company Blog, 6/19/19 A conversation with the 2019 winners of the Robert Howard Next Step Award   

McKinsey & Company and Stanford Biodesign award this year's Robert Howard Next Step Award for innovation in health + medical design to two Stanford Engineering undergrads who re-engineered the tampon to eliminate leakage. The award conveys 200 hours of professional design consulting to help move the product towards the market.

MedTechDive, 6/14/19 Margin for Error "Almost Zero" in Testing Pediatric Devices   

Learn more about the UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium led by Stanford Biodesign's own James Wall.

Stanford Engineering Spotlight, 6/1/19 Alisha Birk, Mark Buckup, and Janelle Kaneda   

Stanford Biodesign Senior Capstone Design students design a device that enables early detection of infection in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis.

Stanford Medicine Scope, 5/3/19 Stanford Biodesign Tackles Gender Diversity in Health Technology Innovation   

Stanford Biodesign is leading efforts to close the gender gap in the health technology innovation industry, starting with a Summit where participants were asked to develop a deeper understanding of the problems before thinking about solutions.

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The Future of Everything, 4/22/19 Identifying the Right Needs in Health Technology Innovation   

Paul Yock joins host Russ Altman on this Stanford Engineering podcast to discuss making health technology innovation a science rather than an art, and what happens when "tech" culture meets medical device culture.

Stanford Medicine Research Office, 4/2/19 Making the Most of  a Medtech Pilot Grant  

Learn how innovators are benefiting from Spectrum MedTech Grants which are administered by Stanford Biodesign.

Stanford Medicine, 3/12/19 A Better Way To Resuscitate  

Stanford-India Biodesign Fellows invent a device to make newborn resuscitation easier.

Stanford Medicine, 2/5/19 Consortium Fosters Innovation in Pediatric Medical Devices  

Learn about the new UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium, led on the Stanford side by our assistant fellowship director, James Wall.

Stanford Medicine Scope, 1/30/19 Pediatric Surgeon Specializes in Solving Problems  

Get to know Tom Krummel, who discovered medicine by accident, pioneered the use of ECMO in infants and children, and is the co-director of Stanford Biodesign.

Medtech Strategist, 4/3/19 Biodesign Bridges the Gender Gap   

Having identified a gender gap within its own program, Stanford Biodesign embarked on an initiative to bring more women into leadership roles in the program and in the larger health technology industry.

Stanford Engineering, 1/23/19 Paul Yock Wins the National Academy of Engineering's Russ Prize  

Paul Yock is one of five innovators being honored for developing innovative medical devices that enable minimally invasive treatment of advanced coronary artery disease.

Hospital Insider, 12/18/18 The Asian-centric approach to diabetes  

A “diabetes clinic of the future” and other innovations could change diabetes management and treatment in Singapore. "Diabetes technologies developed in the west are not always applicable in Asia," said 2018 Singapore Biodesign fellow Dr. Andrew Chou.

Stanford Scope, 11/06/18 The releuctant entrepreneur: How a Stanford neurosurgeon advanced radiosurgery treatment and access  

Dr. John Adler says bringing new medical technologies from ideas into patient care is the hardest thing he’s ever done. “Don’t do it to make money," he cautioned. "Do it because you’re passionate.”


Many digital health companies fall short because they apply a strategy to healthcare that was developed and refined in the tech sector, an entirely different industry with its own set of rules. Paul Yock explains.