Health Technology Showcase


Each year, we're impressed by what our students learn and accomplish in Stanford Biodesign’s project-based courses. Their unmet needs are compelling and their nascent solutions are exciting. As a result, many of the teams aren’t ready to stop working on their projects when their classes come to a close.

These motivated teams compete for and are awarded Biodesign NEXT extension funding to continue working on their projects. With mentorship and support from Biodesign, the students derisk their early-stage technologies and business plans, with the hope of ultimately making a difference for patients.

We celebrate their progress at our annual Health Technology Showcase – a gathering where teams share their inventions with other students, faculty, and staff across Stanford. This year, the event will feature keynote remarks by Sid Satish, former Biodesign student and Founder/CEO of Gauss Surgical, project presentations, and prizes for the teams.


Stanford Biodesign’s 2020-21 Health Technology Showcase
June 4, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 pm
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Students are encouraged to invite family and friends to this virtual event!

Learn more about some of this year’s participating teams by exploring the stories below. More profiles will be added soon!

  • Monitoring Shunt Performance in Hydrocephalus

    Patients with hydrocephalus have excess cerebral spinal fluid that must be continuously drained through an internal shunt. However, these shunts are prone to blockages that are hard to detect. To better manage the condition, a team of students from the Biodesign Fundamentals course designed Shunt Clip, a monitor that can detect shunt failures early and non-invasively.

  • Preventing Concussion in High-Impact Sports

    Sports-related head injuries remain common despite the use of protective helmets. After learning that most helmets are designed to absorb only one of the two types of force that cause most concussions, a team of Biodesign Club students developed a helmet that uses multiple layers to protect against both.


On behalf of the Stanford Biodesign team, thank you for all of your hard work this year. We’re inspired by your dedication and enthusiasm, and we wish you the best of luck as you continue these projects and/or tackle other important healthcare needs.