News Archive



CNN, 05/28/23

Dan Azagury, Biodesign’s Director for Education, Innovation Fellowship, speaks with CNN's Paula Newton about new drugs to curb weight loss and other health benefits.



The director and co-founder of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign has been urging CMS to get patients access to breakthrough devices.


Scope Blog, 05/22/23

Dan Azagury, Biodesign’s Director for Education, Innovation Fellowship, discusses a class of drugs that are prescribed for diabetes but also cause significant weight loss.


Stanford Daily, 05/14/23

The Stanford Students in Biodesign and Biopharma (SSB) club recently hosted their annual conference. This year's theme focused on the personalization of biotechnology, and the event featured Stanford Biodesign's own Ross Venook as one of many speakers and guests.


STAT NEWS, 05/10/23

Stanford Biodesign’s director, Josh Makower, offered testimony on the challenges to sustained medical technology innovation, in the absence of a predictable pathway to coverage.


Visible Voices 05/01/23

In this podcast, Janene Fuerch, assistant director of the Innovation Fellowship, talks about founding the company Emme as a trainee and how she and her co-founder applied Biodesign principles to bring the technology to market.


Tech Radar, 04/21/23

Researchers from Stanford Biodesign took generative AI and successfully linked it to an iPhone’s Apple Health app to create HealthGPT.


The Stanford Daily, 04/17/23

With coaching from Stanford Biodesign faculty and alumni, students from UC Berkeley and Stanford worked to address some of the most critical challenges impacting public health.


The Hill, 04/11/23

Stanford Biodesign’s director for policy, Kavita Patel, comments on social trust and why it’s essential to combat a public health crisis.


The Gary Bisbee Show, 04/06/23

Stanford Biodesign’s director, Josh Makower, was recently on the Gary Bisbee show to talk about his experiences as an inventor and how leaders and management teams can foster innovation within their organizations.

UCLA, Stanford Students Design Prototypes to Tackle Dementia-Related Challenges

Daily Bruin, 1/29/23

Earlier this academic year, UCLA and Stanford students participating in the Japan-America Innovators of Medicine program completed a whirlwind introduction to health technology innovation at Stanford Biodesign. Now, after needs finding in Japan, they have prototypes of multiple devices to tackle challenges associated with dementia.


Stanford students and faculty create a mobile app to help understand and treat pain

Stanford Report, 11/9/22 

Researchers struggled to gather quantitative and qualitative data to measure patients’ pain but a new mobile app, created by Stanford Biodesign students, will collect information that can help guide treatment.

Rep. Anna Eshoo talks healthcare innovation and her career during Byers Center event

Stanford Daily, 10/31/22

US Representative Anna Eshoo, whose district includes Stanford, stressed the importance of policy and regulation in allowing for healthcare innovation during a Tuesday conversation with Kavita Patel, a senior policy advisor at the Byers Center for Biodesign. 


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/7/22

In this editorial, Stanford Biodesign's director Josh Makower spotlights how, even after FDA approval, patients on Medicare routinely wait years for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to determine whether to provide them with access to a clinically proven, effective new health technologies. 

NIH announces winners of 2022 DEBUT Challenge

NIH News, 8/26/22

Congratulations to the Stanford Biodesign students who were among the winners in the 11th annual Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge, with prizes totaling $130,000.


Stanford Report, 7/22/22

Learn how medical student Blynn Shideler and his teammates from Biodesign's Digital Health courses created a wearable device for children with cerebral palsy that could provide therapy for young patients everywhere.

Increasing Diversity in MedTech

MedTech Intelligence 7/19/2022

Founded in 2020 by Fogarty Innovations and the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, Diversity by Doing (DxD) is taking concrete action to increase diversity in the medtech industry. 

‘Digital human’ helps teach Stanford study participants to walk with less stress on knees

Stanford Medicine News, 7/7/22

Read about the exciting work Stanford Biodesign advisor Scott Delp is doing in his lab to help combat osteoarthritis.

Summer health technology program brings diverse group of interns to Silicon Valley

MassDevice, 6/24/22

DxD, co-founded by Stanford Biodesign and Fogarty Innovation, led a program for a diverse group of interns to broaden their knowledge of career opportunities in health technology and help them build professional development and mentorship networks.

PA Consulting congratulates the winners of Stanford Biodesign's Robert Howard Next Step Award

PA Consulting, 6/13/2022

PA Consulting and the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign are delighted to announce that the Wall lab team from the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University's School of Medicine has been named the winner of the Robert Howard Next Step Award.


Stanford eCorner, 6/1/22 PR Newswire

In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Josh Makower unpacks Stanford Biodesign’s process and encourages entrepreneurs to pursue opportunities in health technology innovation.


PR Newswire, 5/10/22

PA Consulting, the consultancy that’s “bringing ingenuity to life,” is proud to sponsor the Howard Next Step Award, which is managed through Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign.


ENTtoday, 4/18/22

Stanford Biodesign’s director, Josh Makower, and longtime coach and mentor, Peter Santa Maria, underscore the importance of needs finding before solution development, in a specialty that affords considerable opportunities for innovation.


Two faculty named fellows of the national academy of inventors

Stanford Report, 12/9/21

Paul Yock, MD was one of two Stanford faculty members named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction awarded to academic inventors.

Stanford Celebrates 2021 Hewlett Award Winner, Paul Yock

Stanford Medicine, 12/4/21

Paul Yock, who co-founded Stanford Biodesign, won the Albion Walter Hewlett Award, which recognizes physicians who have made substantial contributions to Stanford and who, over decades, demonstrated the exemplary combination of a scientific approach to medicine and sensitivity to patients. The award’s namesake, Albion Walter Hewlett, MD, led Stanford’s Department of Medicine from 1916 to 1925.

Stanford-born birth control app among Time's top 100 Innovations

Stanford Medicine Scope, 12/8/21

2016-17 Innovation Fellows Janene Fuerch and Amanda French used the biodesign innovation process to address problems around birth control adherence and help women better manage their reproductive health needs.

Stanford Biodesign Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation education

Stanford Medicine News, 10/6/21

A training program for health technology innovators, Stanford Biodesign has generated medical technologies that have helped millions of patients and inspired similar training programs worldwide.

Why CPT is a language every entrepreneur must learn

Fogarty Innovation, 10/6/21

Stanford Biodesign and Fogarty Innovation hosted an American Medical Association webinar to help innovators understand how Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes support innovation.

The Pandemic is Changing How We Value Healthcare

Newsweek Opinion, 9/2/21

Will the experiences of COVID-19 accelerate an approach to health care innovation and delivery that optimizes patient outcomes while also considering value and cost effectiveness?  Biodesign's Uday Kumar and Jan Pietzsch weigh in.

How Students are Redesigning the Future of Healthcare

Stanford Scope, 8/4/21

At the annual Health Technology Showcase, Biodesign students shared early-stage solutions to important problems in care including an affordable way to prevent COVID-19, improved treatment for bladder pain syndrome, and support for parents of kids with autism.

Makower Returns to Stanford Biodesign

MedTech Strategist, 6/1/21

Stanford Biodesign has been one of the most influential forces in the development of important new medical device technology. Now, it has announced a change in its Director, bringing back one of the program's original founders, Josh Makower.

Makower Making Medtech Innovation "Bigger, Stronger"

Device Talks Weekly, 5/28/21

Incoming Stanford Biodesign director Joshn Makower on finding your way to the next big innovative idea, why reimbursement needs to be solved, and a new focus for the Center on developing data-driven guidelines on policy.

Diversity by Doing Healthtech (DxD) Welcomes New Executive Director Ingrid Ellerbe

Fogarty Innovation, 5/6/21

Ingrid Ellerbe has become the first executive director of Diversity by Doing Healthtech (DxD), the industry-wide diversity initiative led by Stanford Biodesign and Fogarty Innovation.   

Inside Pelvalon's Road to Medicare Reimbursement for Its Novel Femtech Device

Medtech Insight, 5/3/21

CEO Miles Rosen, who founded Pelvalon during his Stanford Biodesign training, discusses the company's journey from US FDA de novo authorization to Medicare HCPCS payment code for its Eclipse System, a nonsurgical device for bowel control in women.   

Josh Makower named new director of Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign

Stanford Medicine News, 3/23/21

Josh Makower, MD, MBA, an industry leader in health care technology and a co-founder of Stanford Biodesign, will return to become the new director on August 1.   

Calumeo Launches New FDA-Cleared Device That Rapidly Processes N95 Masks for Reuse

Daily Journal, 3/13/21

Calumeo, a company formed by a team of physicians, engineers, and business school students who were teammates in the Stanford Biodesign Innovation course, have lauched a point-of-care solution to process N95 masks for reuse.  

The 10 Most Innovative Wellness Companies of 2021

Fast Company, 3/9/21

Emme, a smart pill case and companion app that helps women remember to take their birth control pills, tracks cycles, and more, made #4 on the list of most innovative wellness companies. The company was co-founded by 2016-17 Biodesign Innovation Fellowship alums Amanda French and Janene Fuerch.

Real-World Evidence Improves Treatment Options for Kids

Stanford Medicine Scope, 2/22/21

An approach to regulatory decision-making that uses 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. 

Three Stanford Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Stanford Today, 2/16/21

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. 

Biodesign and Otolaryngology Team Up for Hearing Loss and Other Ear, Nose, and Throat Challenges

Stanford Medicine Scope, 2/16/21

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 opportunities for ENT faculty. 

Bright Minds. Big Problems. Bold Innovation for Med Tech

BD News, 2/2/21

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. 

Looking Forward: Two Industry Veterans Share 2021 Predictions

Fogarty Institute Newsletter, 1/28/21

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 we had a lively discussion about how 2020 shook out, and what they predict for 2021.

Silicon Valley Talks Mentorship

Stanford Libraries YouTube, 1/27/21

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. 

A Digital Approach to End-of-Life Planning

Stanford Medicine Scope, 1/5/21

Important conversations about end-of-life preferences are often skipped, leaving patients voicelessa 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 Students Reimagine Mental Healthcare from the Ground Up

Stanford Today, 12/14/20

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. 

A Salute to Paul Yock and His Legacy

Fogarty Innovation Newsletter, 12/02/20

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. 

Most Men Believe Their Workplace Empowers Women. Their Female Counterparts Don't Agree.

The Lily, a Washington Post Publication, 11/13/20

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. 

Small Wins Can Make A Big Impact on Gender Equality

Harvard Business Review, 11/6/20

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. 

Women use tech to solve women's health problems

Forbes, 9/30/20

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 Buildathon 2020

CardinalKit Blog, 9/25/20

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.

Calumeo Aims to Make PPE Shortages a Thing of the Past

Fogarty Institute Newsletter, 9/23/20

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 Undergrads Design A Device to Detect Early-Stage River Blindness

Stanford Medicine Scope, 9/9/20

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. 

Emme Prepares for Launch of New Device as an Elegant Solution to Prevalent Need

Fogarty Institute Newsletter, 8/20/20

In these modern times, women who already juggle busy professional and personal lives – not to mention most caregiving responsibilities – often forget to take care of their own health. Emme is taking one thing off their plate — the need to track daily birth control — through the Emme Smart Case, a simple and intuitive birth control pill case.

Spirar Advances Office-Based Solution to Widespread Nasal Issue

Fogarty Institute Newsletter, 8/20/20

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 Helps Advance Promising Projects from Stanford Biodesign

Fogarty Institute Newsletter, 8/20/20

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 Undergrads Design Motivator for at-home Physical Therapy

Stanford Medicine Scope, 8/13/20

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

From Florida to Stanford, Nephrologists Bond Over Work

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/31/20

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. 

Addressing the Gender Gap in Health Tech

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/16/20

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

Are you reaping the full benefits of mentoring? Three industry leaders share insights

Fogarty Institute Newsletter, 7/14/20

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.  

DxD aims to close the gap on gender disparities in healthtech

Fogarty Institute Newsletter, 7/14/20

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.  

Thomas Krummel receives top national honor in pediatric surgery

Inside Stanford Medicine, 7/1/20

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

MCHRI Supports health innovation opportunities in maternal and child health through Biodesign Faculty Fellowship

Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute, 7/1/20

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 innovation to patients.   

Stanford faculty, students connect in their digital classrooms

Stanford News, 5/15/20

(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.   

UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium Pitch Competition a Virtual Success

Fogarty Institute News, 5/12/20

Despite COVID-19, the Pediatric Device Consortium (PDC) held the competition in order to support the much-needed development of health technologies for children, while making necessary format changes such as forgoing the accompanying symposium with keynote speakers and panelists. 

The event was kicked off by long-time collaborator with the Fogarty Institute and Dr. Fogarty, James Wall, MD, co-director of Stanford Biodesign’s Innovation Fellowship and an associate professor of surgery at Stanford University. 

Midnight Rounds: That’s My Doctor in the Band!

Stanford Children's, 5/7/20

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!

For Cooped-Up Families, Food Becomes Something to Fight Over

Wall Street Journal, 5/5/20

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.   

How a psychologist aids health technology innovation

Stanford Medicine Scope, 4/14/20

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.

We Need More Ventilators. Here's What it Will Take to Get Them.

MIT Technology Review, 3/18/20

Learn how Biodesign Fundamentals co-instructor Matt Callaghan created a low-cost ventilator as his team's project in the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship and what would be involved in ramping up production.

Madorra’s Device Sparks Overwhelming Interest

Fogarty Institute Newsletter, 2/25/20

“We were given a gift to be able to solve a big problem, and though the road to getting a device to market is often a bumpy one, we have never lost our resolve to keep moving forward.” That focus from Madorra, a Fogarty Institute and Stanford Biodesign graduate aiming to improve the quality of life for breast cancer survivors and post-menopausal women, is welcome news to the very women they pledge to help.

Stanford Children's Health Moves to Extend Reach of Weight Control Program

Stanford Medicine News Center, 2/6/20

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


Using Engineering to Improve Patients' Lives

Stanford Medicine Scope, 12/19/19 

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.

It's go-time: a doctor and student engineers work to make catheterization easier

Stanford Medicine Scope, 11/4/19 

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

The Need for Needs-Based Innovation

Digital Health Today, 9/12/19 

Marta Zanchi, PhD, founding director of the Biodesign for Digital Health course, explains how to de-risk innovation in digital health by taking a needs-based approach.

Empowering Asia's Healthtech Innovators

BioSpectrum Asia, 8/14/19 

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.

Ears, Noses, and Throats

Stanford Medicine Scope, 8/13/19 

The newest Biodesign Innovation Fellows will concentrate their efforts to find and solve important problems in care in field of otolaryngology.

Advice for the next generation of health technology innovators

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/12/19 

Outoing Innovation Fellowship director Todd Brinton offers hard-won wisdom from 14 years as a physician, innovator, and teacher.

Health Tech Companies Often Flop. But this Researcher's Track Record Suggests There's a Strategy for Success

STAT News, 7/3/19 

Paul Yock offers an unrivaled perspective on what it takes for health technology startups to succeed - and why so many of them fail.

A Conversation with the 2019 Winners of the Robert Howard Next Step Award

McKinsey & Company Blog, 6/19/19 

McKinsey & Company and Stanford Biodesign award this year's Robert Howard Next Step Award for innovation in health + medical design to two Stanford Engineering undergraduates 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.

Margin for error "almost zero" in testing pediatric devices

MedTechDive, 6/14/19 

Learn more about the UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium led by Stanford Biodesign's own James Wall.

Alisha Birk, Mark Buckup, and Janelle Kaneda

Stanford Engineering Spotlight, 6/1/19 

Stanford Biodesign Senior Capstone Design students invent a device that enables early detection of infection in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis.

Identifying the Right Needs in Health Technology Innovation

The Future of Everything, 4/22/19 

Paul Yock joins host Russ Altman on this Stanford Engineering podcast to discuss making health technology innovation a science rather than an art, and what happens when "tech" culture meets medical device culture.

Stanford Biodesign Tackles Gender Diversity in Health Technology Innovation

Stanford Medicine Scope, 5/3/19 

Stanford Biodesign is leading efforts to close the gender gap in the health technology innovation industry, starting with a Summit where participants were asked to develop a deeper understanding of the problems before thinking about solutions.

Biodesign Bridges the Gender Gap

MedTech Strategist, 4/3/19 

Having identified a gender gap within its own program, Stanford Biodesign embarked on an initiative to bring more women into key roles in the program and in the larger health technology industry.

Making the Most of a Medtech Pilot Grant

Stanford Medicine Research Office, 4/2/19 

Learn how innovators are benefiting from Spectrum Medtech Pilot grants which are administered by Stanford Biodesign.

A Better Way to Resuscitate

Stanford Medicine, 3/12/19 

Stanford-India Biodesign Fellows invent a device to make newborn resuscitation easier.

Consortium Fosters Innovation in Pediatric Medical Devices

Stanford Medicine, 2/5/19   

Learn about the new UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium, led on the Stanford side by our assistant fellowship director, James Wall.

Pediatric Surgeon Specializes in Solving Problems

Stanford Medicine Scope, 1/30/19   

Get to know Tom Krummel, who discovered medicine by accident, pioneered the use of ECMO in infants and children, and is the co-director of Stanford Biodesign.

Paul Yock Wins the National Academy of Engineering's Russ Prize

Stanford Engineering, 1/23/19   

Paul Yock is one of five innovators being honored for developing innovative medical devices that enable minimally invasive treatment of advanced coronary artery disease.


The Asian-centric approach to diabetes

Hospital Insider, 12/18/18 

A “diabetes clinic of the future” and other innovations could change diabetes management and treatment in Singapore. "Diabetes technologies developed in the west are not always applicable in Asia," said 2018 Singapore Biodesign fellow Dr. Andrew Chou.

The reluctant entrepreneur: How a Stanford neurosurgeon advanced radiosurgery treatment and access

Stanford Scope, 11/06/18 

Dr. John Adler says bringing new medical technologies from ideas into patient care is the hardest thing he’s ever done. “Don’t do it to make money," he cautioned. "Do it because you’re passionate.”

Through a critical lens: Students identify unmet healthcare needs

Stanford Engineering, 11/05/18 

Driven by a commitment to improving patient care, students research and validate real-world medical issues.

Serendipity and Success

Venrock Podcast, 10/31/18 

Listen in: Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship director Todd Brinton on medical school, mentorship, innovation, and launching Shockwave, a novel treatment for peripheral artery disease.

Raising awareness of rheumatic heart disease in India through biodesign

Stanford Scope, 10/24/18  

What happens when the solution needed isn't a medical technology? This Stanford-India Biodesign Fellowship team found a different way to increase awareness of RHD in children in order to improve early diagnosis and treatment.


Fast Company, 10/17/18 

Many digital health companies fall short because they apply a strategy to healthcare that was developed and refined in the tech sector, an entirely different industry with its own set of rules. Paul Yock explains.

Quand le «design thinking» révolutionne la médecine

Le Temps, 10/04/18 

The Swiss Times interviewed assistant director of specialty fellowships Dan Azagury for a full page story about how Stanford Biodesign trains doctors and engineers to identify and solve problems in care.


Stanford Engineering Research & Ideas, 9/14/2018 

Tina Seelig, a professor of management science and engineering, says yes. Here's how.


Stanford Medicine Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education, 9/12/2018 

NuLeaf is a new mobile application specifically geared towards providing low-income Californians with nutritional guidance and meal planning services. It was developed by a team of five Stanford students in the Biodesign for Mobile Health course.


Stanford Medicine Scope, 8/21/2018  

Each year, the engineers, physicians, and business people selected to be Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellows arrive on campus without knowing the clinical specialty they will focus on. But now the news is out.

Technologies started at Stanford Biodesign have reached more than 1.5 million patients

Stanford Medicine, 8/1/18  

Stanford Biodesign trainees have developed new medical devices and diagnostics that have been used to care for more than 1.5 million patients so far.

Making it easier to help struggling newborns breathe

Stanford Medicine Scope, 8/1/18  

How a Stanford-India Biodesign fellow and his team introduced the first foot-operated resuscitator for newborns.

Biodesign fellows address surgical site infections

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/24/18  

Learn what inspired three Stanford biodesign innovation fellows to develop a solution to address the underlying cause of incision site infections.

Biodesign fellows simplify heart rhythm monitoring

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/17/18  

Learn how a former Stanford biodesign innovation fellow and his colleagues came to develop an inexpensive and simple tool to diagnose arrhythmias.

Biodesign fellows develop and test solution for enlarged prostate

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/10/18  

How a group of biodesign fellows developed a potential treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia, an age-related condition that affects many men.

Biodesign fellows tackle preventable pneumonia

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/2/18  

A look back at how a team of biodesign fellows developed a potentially life-saving device to treat patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Biodesign fellows make wearing hard contact lenses easy

Stanford Medicine Scope, 6/25/18  

Learn what inspired 2011-12 Innovation Fellows Brandon Felkins and Vic McCray, MD to develop a solution for contact-lens induced dry eye and launch their start-up, Tangible Science.

Biodesign showcases student health technology projects

Stanford Medicine Scope, 6/12/18  

Read more about the student-developed medical devices and diagnostics on display at Biodesign's second annual Health Technology Showcase.

Paul Yock Receives the National Academy of Engineering’s Gordon Prize

Stanford Engineering 6/1/18  

At a ceremony honoring Yock, Stanford Provost Persis Drell called the award “the most prestigious in engineering education.”

Health Innovation Opportunities for 2017-2018: Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellows

Stanford Medicine 6/1/18  

Read more about this year's Biodesign Faculty Fellows and some of their innovation projects.

Stanford's Coulter grants program helps healthcare innovations reach patients

Stanford News, 5/16/18 

How the Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Grant Program at Stanford helps healthcare innovators commercialize their solutions so they can reach patients and improve care.

Countdown to Childx: Medical device innovation for kids with chronic disease

Stanford Medicine Scope, 4/9/18 

Pediatric cardiologist and Biodesign Innovation Fellowship alum Bronwyn Harris, MD, talks about her start-up company's pediatric asthma monitoring solution and the medtech innovation landscape for kids.

Helping the Body: Entrepreneur-physician offers insights into biodesign

Stanford Medicine Scope, 3/30/18 

A behind-the-scenes look at the innovation process from serial health technology entrepreneur Josh Makower, MD.

When Doctors Need New Medical Tools, These Students Are Up To the Challenge, 3/9/18 

Medical device design courses are more than just good education.

Solving a Big Problem, Among Some of the Littlest Patients

Stanford  Report, 2/2/18 

How a determined team of Stanford students and faculty developed a technology that could improve the odds for critically ill newborns.

Paul Yock Wins National Academy of Engineering’s Gordon Prize

Stanford News, 1/8/18

Stanford Biodesign's founder, Paul Yock, was recently honored with the 2018 Bernard M. Gordon prize for innovation in engineering and technology education.


Verily Executive Outlines Future Healthcare Goals at Fogarty Lecture

Stanford Medicine Scope, 11/17/17 

According to Jessica Mega, CMO at Verily, new technologies to collect, understand, and act on data will enable us to predict and prevent disease.

Stanford Surgeons Use VR to Enhance Education

Stanford Medicine, 10/18/17 

Surgeons such as Stanford Biodesign faculty member James Wall are using virtual reality in innovative ways to improve medical education.

An Engineering Course Aims to Solve Real-World Problems in Healthcare

Stanford Engineering News, 9/19/17 

The challenges are real. Failure is common. But the accomplishments in the Bioengineering Capstone Course show that these graduating seniors are poised for leadership.

Biodesign Fellows to Focus on Innovation in Orthopedics

Stanford Medicine Scope, 9/14/17 

Learm more about the clinical focus area for this year's Biodesign Innovation Fellows.

Stanford Students Develop App to Boost Nutrition for Low-Income Californians

Stanford Medicine Scope, 8/10/17 

Read about a team of Stanford Biodesign students that is developing an app to help low-income Californians improve their diet.

Richard Popp Receives Hewlett Award

Stanford Medicine News, 6/28/17

Dr. Richard Popp, Stanford Biodesign’s Director for Ethics and Policy, received the prestigious Albion Walter Hewlett Award, which honors an "exceptional physician with ties to Stanford."

Stanford Medicine 2017 Health Trends Report: Harnessing the Power of Data in Health


The inaugural issue of the Stanford Medicine health care trends report shows that big data will transform health care in the future but that more needs to be done to train doctors and patients in data management and analysis. The report references Stanford Biodesign as an example of a group on campus using new technologies to develop predictive devices to prevent disease before it strikes.

Biodesign Students Display Healthcare Innovations

Stanford Medicine Scope, 6/16/17 

Read about the first ever Stanford Biodesign Health Technology Showcase, during which 10 teams of students presented the unmet healthcare needs they’ve identified and their solutions for addressing them.

Graduating Stanford Biodesign Fellows Offer Hard-Won Lessons in Innovation

Stanford Medicine Scope, 6/8/17

Biodesign Innovation Fellows Craig Nichols and Janene Fuerch share lessons learned from their fellowship experience.

Stanford’s 2017 Cuthbertson, Dinkelspiel, and Gores Awards Honor Faculty, Staff, and Students

Stanford News, 6/8/17

Biodesign instructor Ross Venook was honored with Stanford’s prestigious Dinkelspiel award, which recognizes outstanding contributions service to undergraduate education.

'Humbling' Hospital Simulations Inspire Stanford Graduate Students to Solve Problems in Health Care Delivery

Stanford News, 5/10/17 

Students in a Biodesign Innovation class got a first-hand look at challenges in health care with intense – and inspiring – hospital simulations. These students took what they learned in the simulations and applied it to new technology solutions.

Medtech CEO Shares Leadership Lessons with Stanford Biodesign

Stanford Medicine Scope, 5/9/17

Mike Mahoney, chairman and CEO of Boston Scientific, shares insights from a diverse career in healthcare with interviewer Uday Kumar, MD, and a full house of Stanford students, faculty, and guests.

iRhythm’s Uday Kumar... What Makes Him Tick

Tech Tonics, 5/8/17

iRhythm has been described as that rarest of all breeds – a digital health company with a viable business model behind it. Founder Uday Kumar, a Biodesign Innovation Fellowship alum, shares his perspective on the early days of iRhythm and how Stanford Biodesign helped shape the company.

Stanford’s Yock Talks Medtech Costs, Biodesign’s Birthday, and How He Feels about Apple and Google

Medtech Talk, 5/3/17

In this podcast, Paul Yock shares his insights on medtech innovation, the impact that financial pressures have had on start-ups, and his take on Google and Apple making a run on developing medtech devices.

Want to solve a health challenge? Ask for help.

LinkedIn, 4/27/17 

Dean Lloyd Minor of the Stanford School of Medicine writes about the power of interdisciplinary collaborations – and programs like Biodesign – in addressing health challenges.

Minimizing Risk in Health Technology Innovation – A Checklist

Stanford Medicine Scope, 4/20/17 

New health technologies require millions of dollars and many years to bring into patient care ... and many fail along the way. Learn how the biodesign innovation process helps innovators mitigate critical risks before they make this long-term commit.

Doctors As Investors: Episode 1 - Why Your Doctor Should Daydream

YouTube, 3/29/17

Dan Azagury, Assistant Director for the Specialty Fellowship, describes Stanford Biodesign’s approach and why it’s so impactful.

Innovator addresses sleep-disordered breathing at Stanford Biodesign event

Stanford Medicine Scope, 2/17/17

Peter Farrell, the founder of ResMed, a global company focused on treatments for sleep apnea and other chronic respiratory disorders, was the featured speaker at the latest "From The Innovator’s Workbench" event hosted by the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign.

A Field Guide to Innovation

January 2017

Learn how Stanford-India Biodesign alumnus Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi is using the biodesign innovation process to develop low-cost technologies that solve healthcare problems in India. Many of his innovations leverage healthcare field workers to provide services to patients in remote rural areas.


The Impact of Postgraduate Health Technology Innovation Training: Outcomes of the Stanford Biodesign Fellowship

Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 12/21/16

This new study assesses the career focus, leadership trajectory, and productivity of 114 Biodesign Innovation Fellowship alumni (2001-15). We proudly measure our success by the people we train and their contributions to the health technology ecosystem.

Former Stanford Biodesign Fellows Working To Combat Night Terrors

Stanford Medicine Scope, 12/7/16

Andy Rink and Varun Boriah have developed a device that can rid children and their families of a frightening sleep disorder.

Stanford Biodesign focuses on innovation in aging

Stanford Medicine Scope, 11/23/16

Learn how the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellows are going from hospital to home (and everywhere in between) to uncover important unmet healthcare needs related to aging and longevity

Two Weeks In China: Lessons On Innovating Abroad

Stanford Medicine Scope, 11/16/16

Learn how Biodesign Faculty Fellow Robert Chang is helping spread the biodesign innovation process to China.

Fostering Surgical Innovation: The Path Forward

OBG Management, November 2016

Read about a roundtable, led by Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellow Dr. Eric Sokol and featuring Biodesign Innovation Fellow Elise DeVries, focused on ways to unfreeze the "innovation chill" in gynecologic surgery.

Why Health Care Innovation Begins by First Understanding the Need

Stanford Engineering, 10/17/16

Read why Stanford Biodesign’s Paul Yock believes that a needs-driven approach to innovation is essential in the health care sector.

Is "Lean" the Secret to Startup Success?

eCorner, 10/10/2016

Stanford Biodesign’s Executive Director, Gordon Saul, comments on why the lean-startup methodology isn’t necessarily an optimal fit for health technology innovation.

Q&A with Paul Yock, MD, Founder and Director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign

Medical Innovation News, 9/29/2016

The Fogarty Institute for Innovation caught up with Paul Yock to discuss Stanford Biodesign, its impact on young innovators, its relationship with the Fogarty Institute, and exciting trends in the medtech training space.

Biodesign Fellows to Develop Health Technology for Aging Adults

Stanford Medicine News Center, 9/23/2016

The Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign has joined Stanford Health Care’s efforts to advance care for the aging population by selecting aging as the clinical focus for its 2016-17 Biodesign Innovation Fellowship program.

Stanford Biodesign Helps Asia Pacific Region Strengthen Its Health Tech Innovation Ecosystem


Building on its own experience in the US, Stanford Biodesign recently had the unique opportunity to help convene a group of leaders from universities and governmental institutions across the Asia Pacific region to help them explore potential synergies in teaching health technology innovation.

From Small Republics Big Ideas Grow

MedTech Insight, 8/30/16

Learn how the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign program is nurturing a new generation of commercially-minded innovators in Asia.

How Medical Devices Start-Ups are Taking a Plunge into Manufacturing

The Economic Times, 8/26/2016

Abhinav Ramani, an alumni of the Stanford-India Biodesign Fellowship, comments on how (and why) India’s manufacturing sector in health technology is expanding.

Weekend Workshop Shows Patients and Clinicians a New Approach for Addressing Their Everyday Issues

Stanford Children’s Health Blog, 8/18/2016

Stanford Biodesign faculty member Ross Venook and a team of others from the nonprofit DFarm partnered with the Ronald McDonald House to provide nine clinicians and 10 teen patients with a unique learning experience.

At What Cost?

Stanford Medicine, Summer 2016

Learn how Stanford Biodesign is teaching inventors to make health care better and medical technology at a time.

Stanford Doctors Use Biodesign Training to Spark Health Innovation in Brazil

Stanford Medicine Scope, 8/5/16

How did three Stanford doctors — a sleep surgeon, an ophthalmologist and a urogynecologist — along with Biodesign Innovation Fellowship alumnus Ravi Pamnani, end up in Brazil leading a two-week biodesign bootcamp?

An Outsider’s Look at the Biodesign Process

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/8/16

A first-year Stanford med student gets a flavor for health technology innovation at the Byers Center for Biodesign.

How did Stanford Biodesign evolve over 15 years to become a global influence in health technology innovation?

The MedTech Strategist, 6/30/16

In a recent article in The MedTech Strategist, David Cassak interviewed (from left) Paul Yock, Uday Kumar, Lyn Denend, Todd Brinton, Tom Krummel, & Josh Makower to find out.

A conversation with Biodesign’s Paul Yock, MD

Stanford Medicine podcast, 5/16/16

Paul Costello, chief communications officer for the Stanford University School of Medicine, interviews Paul Yock, MD, founder and director of Stanford Biodesign.

A look at Stanford Biodesign

Stanford Medicine Scope, 5/5/16

In its first 15 years, Stanford Bidoesign has trained more than 1,000 graduate students and nearly 200 fellows, who spend a year or two on campus identifying important unmet clinical needs and developing technologies to improve patient care.

Stanford Biodesign marks 15 years with new name, focus

Stanford News, 5/3/16

The Stanford Biodesign program has been renamed the Byers Center for Biodesign, and it has expanded its focus to helping create technologies that can assist in addressing the affordability crisis in healthcare.

Meet the doctor turned inventor who wants to make India’s healthcare accessible

Tech in Asia 4/28/16

A huge problem facing today’s health tech sector is making its benefits available and accessible for everyone, including those who may not live in big cities or bring in a handsome salary. Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi, an alumnus of the Stanford-India Biodesign Fellowship, is helping tackle this challenge in India.

Filtering pollution one nostril at a time

Stanford Medicine Scope blog, 4/20/16

Stanford Biodesign fellows from India are developing an air purifier than can be worn comfortably (and invisibly) inside the nostrils. This is the third in a 3-part blog series following the India team’s Biodesign journey. Part 1, Part 2.

Could this device cure your child’s night terrors?

CBS News, 4/18/16

Two alumni of the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship, Dr. Andy Rink and Varun Boriah created a device they call the Lully Sleep Guardian and won financial backing from Y Combinator to produce it.

Government of Canada Announces a $21.4 Million Investment in Innovative Research Projects that Prepare Science and Engineering Graduates for Jobs

Market Wired, 4/14/16

A new government-backed program at McGill University will emphasize innovation-oriented teamwork, pioneering for the first time in Canada a training model originally developed at Stanford Biodesign.

MedTech Innovation Ecosystem: What can Asia learn and adapt from Silicon Valley?, 3/7/16

Paul Yock, Founder and Director of Stanford Biodesign, spoke on the radically changing environment in medtech innovation. Building on his keynote lecture, thought leaders from different countries deliberated on the topic- “MedTech Innovation Ecosystem: What can Asia learn and adapt from Silicon Valley?”


Biomedical innovation takes off in India, with Stanford roots

Stanford News, 8/20/15

A Stanford Biodesign program that blends India’s frugal mindset with Stanford’s entrepreneurial atmosphere has generated low-cost solutions to high-tech medical needs.

A real tear-jerker: Team creates device to alleviate dry eye

Inside Stanford Medicine, 5/23/15

A search for medical needs in eye clinics led a team of Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellows to develop an implantable neurostimulator that painlessly increases natural tear production.

Shinzo Abe at Stanford: Innovation will Spur Japan’s future

Stanford News, 5/1/15

Japanese prime minister touts innovation links to Stanford, Silicon Valley. He also hailed a new partnership with Stanford Biodesign that will train the next generation of Japanese biomedical experts.