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Please join us for the 22nd Annual Thomas J. Fogarty, MD Lecture: Focus on Innovation featuring Julio C. Palmaz, MD - "For Big Developments in Cardiovascular Devices, Think Very, Very Small"

Dr. Palmaz is a radiologist, Ashbel Smith Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, NIH Hall of Fame inductee, inventor of the first balloon-expandable stent, entrepreneur, and vintner. Don't miss this chance to hear Julio discusses the evolution of cardiovascular interventional technology and his vision to reshape the future of the field.

Virtual event - Friday, October 30 at 4pm PST.

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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.  

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. 

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

Stanford Biodesign and the Fogarty Instittue 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.   

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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.

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.

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.