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Save the Date!

Please join us for the first From the Innovator's Workbench event of 2021 featuring Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and special partner at New Enterprise Associates.

In a one-on-one conversation with David Cassack, co-editor-in-chief of MedTech Strategist, Dr. Gottlieb will share his perspective on the challenges of regulating technologies and medicines during COVID-19 and discuss implications going forward.

Virtual event - Thursday, January 21, 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST.

Registration link coming soon!



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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 Institute Newsletter, 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 Institute Newsletter, 8/20/20 Spirar 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 Institute Newsletter, 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. 

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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.

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/31/20 From Florida to Stanford, Nephrologists Bond Over Work     

2017-18 Biodesign Innovation Fellow Dimitri Augustin came to Stanford to pursue his training in nephrology and his passion for health technology innovation, and shared his path with friend and fellow nephrologist Daniel Watford. 

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/16/20 Addressing the Gender Gap in Health Tech     

Through a survey, an industry-wide initiative, and a speed-mentoring event, Stanford  Biodesign and the Fogarty Institute for Innovation are helping to understand and address gender inequality in health technology. 

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/16/20 Addressing the Gender Gap in Health Tech     

Through a survey, an industry-wide initiative, and a speed-mentoring event, Stanford  Biodesign and the Fogarty Institute for Innovation are helping to understand and address gender inequality in health technology. 

Fogarty Institute Newsletter, 7/14/20 Are you reaping the full benefits of mentoring? Three industry leaders share insights

Stanford Biodesign and the Fogarty Institute organized the first-ever DxD Virtual Speed Mentoring event, which sought to help early and mid-career women in healthtech learn more about mentorship.

Fogarty Institute Newsletter, 7/14/20 Diversity by Doing Aims to Close the Gap on Gender Disparities in Healthtech    

Stanford Biodesign, The Fogarty Institute for Innovation, and medtech CEO Maria Sainz launched Diversity by Doing (DxD) Healthtech to raise awareness of inequity and help individuals take action to improve diversity in their work environments.

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.