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Stanford Medicine Scope, 2/22/21 Real-World Evidence Improves Treatment Options for Kids

An approach to regulatory decision-making based on real-world evidence is making it easier to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of devices for pediatric patients. The UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium, which James Wall co-directs on behalf of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, is one of the first to use this approach. 

Stanford Today, 2/16/21 THree Stanford Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Josh Makower, an adjunct professor of medicine, the lead architect of the biodesign innovation process, and the co-founder of the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship, has been elected to the 2021 class of the NAE. 

Stanford Medicine Scope, 2/16/21 Biodesign and otolaryngology team up for hearing loss and other ear, nose, and throat challenges.

A shared passion for solving important problems in care has fueled a multi-faceted collaboration between Stanford Biodesign and the Department of Otolaryngology that is generating solutions for patients and translational research opportunties for ENT faculty. 

BD News, 2/2/21 Bright Minds. Big Problems. Bold Innovation for Med Tech

Every year, trainees at Stanford Biodesign set their sights on tackling compelling unmet clinical needs—from river blindness to COVID-19 to geriatric quality-of-life issues—in hopes of positively impacting healthcare with pragmatic innovations to help countless patients around the world. Learn more about how BD supports this program to build future health tech leaders.

Fogarty Innovation Newsletter, 1/28/21 Looking Forward: Two Industry Veterans Share 2021 Predictions

If you’re looking for two medtech pioneers who have “seen it all,” Fogarty Innovation board members Tom Krummel, MD, and Casey McGlynn come to mind, given their longevity and deep roots in the industry. Recently, Fogarty Innovation had a lively discussion about how 2020 shook out, and what they predict for 2021.  

Stanford Libraries YouTube, 1/27/21 Silicon Valley Talks Mentorship

What do mentors do and how do they shape lives and careers? In this conversation, John Simpson, Paul Yock, and Kate Garrett, three distinguished health technology leaders with interlinked mentoring relationships, share their experiences and advice. 

Stanford Medicine Scope, 1/5/21 A Digital Approach to End-of-Life Planning

Important conversations about end-of-life are often skipped, leaving patients voiceless about the kind of care they want in a crisis. Two Stanford physicians in Biodesign's Building for Digital Health course developed an app that could help.

Stanford Today, 12/14/20 Stanford Students Reimagine Mental Healthcare from the Ground Up

Inspired by their time in Stanford Biodesign courses, these graduate students put the biodesign innovation process to work to tackle the biggest problems in mental healthcare: access, prescribing, and cost, and develop a data-driven solution.

Fogarty Innovation, 12/2/20 A Salute to Paul Yock and His Legacy

A fireside videochat hosted by Fogarty Innovation CEO Andrew Cleeland offered an intimate glimpse into the life and achievements of Paul Yock, MD, the founder of Stanford Biodesign and an icon in health technology innovation.  

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The Lily - A Washington Post publication, 11/13/20 Most men believe their workplace empowers women. Their female counterparts don't agree.

A Stanford Biodesign survey sheds light on one reason gender bias and discrimination may persist: that men don't notice the prevalence of discrimination at the same rate as women. Biodesign academic programs director Lyn Denend comments and offers a realistic program for change.  

Harvard Business Review, 11/6/20 Small Wins Can Make a Big Impact on Gender Equality

After an internal survey at Stanford Biodesign revealed the same gender bias and male/female perception gap that we found in our industry-wide research, we adopted the small wins change model to set achievable goals and make progress towards systemic transformation.

Forbes, 9/30/20 Women Use Tech to Solve Women's Health Problems

2016-17 Biodesign Innovation Fellows Amanda French and Janene Fuerch identified an unmet need around missed birth control pills, and used their training and the Biodesign network to develop and launch a health technology solution.

CardinalKit Blog, 9/25/20 CardinalKit Buildathon 2020    

Recently, Stanford Biodesign teamed up with Stanford Health Innovations and engineers from Apple Health and Google Cloud to host a virtual Digital Health Buildathon featuring CardinalKit, an open source framework that dramatically cuts the time and cost required to build secure, compliant digital health apps. 

Fogarty Innovation, 9/23/20 Calumeo Aims to Make PPE Shortages a Thing of the Past    

A team of graduate students from the Biodesign Innovation Course has developed a device to quickly and easily disinfect N-95 masks, and is taking it forward with funding from the Biodesign Summer Extension program and mentoring from the Fogarty Institute.

Stanford Medicine Scope, 9/9/20 Stanford Students Design a Device to Detect Early-Stage River Blindness    

A team of undergraduate bioengineering students from the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign has developed a device that could save the sight of millions of people in rural Central Africa.  

Fogarty Innovation, 8/20/20 Spirair Advances Office-Based Solution to Widespread Nasal Issue 

Spirair, a start-up co-founded by 2019-20 Innovation Fellowship teammates James Kintzing and Brandon McCutcheon, is leveraging expertise from the Fogarty Institute as they pursue an office-based treatment for nasal septal deviation, a common condition that makes it hard to breathe freely. 

Fogarty Innovation, 8/20/20 Fogarty Institute Helps Advance Promising Projects from Stanford Biodesign 

For several years, the Fogarty Institute has partnered with Stanford Biodesign’s Summer Extension program to offer young companies its signature hands-on mentoring, a comprehensive development plan, and customized educational workshops. 

Stanford Medicine Scope, 8/13/20 Stanford Undergrads Design Motivator for at-home Physical Therapy

Two undergraduates in the Biodesign for Digital Health course developed a solution to help injured athletes complete the physical therapy they need to heal.