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.
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
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.
WHY DO DIGITAL HEALTH STARTUPS KEEP FAILING?
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.
CAN WE ALL LEARN TO BE CREATIVE?
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.
NEW BIODESIGN FELLOWS WILL FOCUS ON VISION CARE
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.
AND THE ROBERT HOWARD NEXT STEP AWARD GOES TO
LUNAR NEWS, 07/05/2018
Stanford Biodesign's global faculty trainees, whose project addresses a common pediatric ear disease, received this year's Robert Howard Next Step award.
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
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.
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
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
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?
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 cheaper...one 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?
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.