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.
Ingrid Ellerbe to Lead Stanford Biodesign Health Technology Diversity Initiative
Stanford Medicine News, 5/6/21
Education advocate Ingrid Ellerbe will be 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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
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?
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?”