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Save the Date!

Please join us for the 22nd Annual Thomas J. Fogarty, MD Lecture: Focus on Innovation

This year’s event will feature Julio C. Palmaz, MD, radiologist, honorary Ashbel Smith Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, inventor, entrepreneur, and vintner.

Friday, October 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm Pacific

Watch this space for more information!

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Inside Stanford Medicine, 7/1/20 Thomas Krummel Receives Top National Honor in Pediatric Surgery    

Biodesign co-director Tom Krummel was recognized for his contributions to improving the lives of the smallest and sickest children.

Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute, 7/1/20 MCHRI Supports innovation opportunities through Biodesign Faculty Fellowships

Learn how MCHRI's partnership with Stanford Biodesign provides advanced training and mentoring in health technology innovation for faculty to address critical maternal and child healthcare needs and deliver valuable innovations to patients. 

Stanford News, 5/15/20 Stanford faculty, students connect in their digital classrooms

(Update to a series first posted on April 6).

Stanford Biodesign assistant director Ross Venook describes the challenges and unexpected benefits of teaching prototyping, an essential part of the early-stage design process for medical technologies, in a virtual classroom.   

Stanford Children's, 5/7/20 Midnight Rounds: That’s My Doctor in the Band! 

Learn how our multi-talented faculty members, like Fellowship Director James Wall, stay busy when they’re not training the next generation of leaders in health technology!

Wall Street Journal, 5/5/20 For Cooped-Up Families, Food Becomes Something to Fight Over

As grocery shopping goes from an everyday chore to an often frustrating endeavor, family squabbles about food are emerging. Douglas Rait, Stanford Biodesign’s director of team learning and design, and chief of Stanford University’s Couples and Family Therapy Clinic, explains why people are preoccupied with food in way that seems different now.   

Stanford Medicine Scope, 4/14/20 How a psychologist aids health technology innovation.    

Over nearly twenty years of training aspiring innovators, the Stanford Biodesign faculty have learned that nurturing a healthy team dynamic is as important as choosing the right problem to solve. Today it's more imperative than ever.

MIT Technology Review, 3/18/20 We Need More Ventilators. Here's what it will take to get them.    

Learn how the Biodesign Fundamentals co-instructor Matt Callaghan developed a low-cost ventilator as his team's project in the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship and what it would take to ramp up production.


Stanford Medicine News Center, 2/6/20 Stanford Children's Health Moves to Extend Weight Control Program    

Learn how the Biodesign Faculty Fellowship helped Thomas Robinson, MD, scale an innovative pediatric weight control program so that it can reach the patients who need it.

Stanford Medicine Scope, 12/19/19 Using Engineering to Improve Patients' Lives    

Ross Venook, PhD, is the assistant director of engineering at the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign and a lecturer in bioengineering. An electrical engineer by training, his work has focused on building and applying new types of MRI hardware, as well as MRI safety. Learn more about his work in and out of Stanford and the power of engineering to solve medical problems.

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Stanford Medicine Scope, 11/4/19 It's go-time: a doctor and student engineers work to make catheterization easier    

With guidance but not answers from clinical and course mentors, a team of senior undergraduate BIOE students dove into the patient experience to invent an easier approach for women who have to self-catheterize in order to urinate.

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.