Stories & Spotlights

Read about interesting projects coming out of Stanford Biodesign and the remarkable people who make them happen.

  • twoplus: Helping couples tackle infertility issues

    Two Singapore-Stanford Biodesign alumni are changing the infertility space by providing an at-home alternative to intrauterine insemination and in-vitro fertilization.

  • Q&A with Innovation Fellowship director Dan Azagury

    Dan Azagury first came to Stanford as a Biodesign Innovation Fellow in 2011, and now, he’s directing the fellowship program. He talks about his journey from fellow to director, while also co-founding and selling a medtech company and serving as section chief of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at Stanford University.

  • Stanford Researchers Study the Timelines from FDA Authorization to Medicare Approval

    Findings published in JAMA Health Forum show the median time to at least nominal coverage was 5.7 years.

  • Making Digital Health Development More Accessible through an Unlikely Collaboration

    When CardinalKit was developed at Stanford Biodesign, its goal was to provide university faculty with tools they could leverage to minimize the time, cost, and effort of developing digital technologies to support their health research. Now, thanks to an unexpected collaboration, students at Walt Whitman High School in New York are realizing the same benefits on their health research projects.

  • Beaming Health: When Passion and Need Align

    When Marissa Pittard and Chris Olmanson were assigned to the same class project team in the Biodesign for Digital Health course, they initially had no idea that their shared commitment to helping families and children with special needs would lead them to launch a company in the space. But just a few years later, Beaming Health is helping tens of thousands of families access the services and support they need to help their children thrive.

  • From Need to Reimbursed Technology: Lessons from an 11-Year Journey

    After completing the Biodesign Innovation course, Miles Rosen and Steve Herbowy set out to address the unmet need of fecal incontinence. Little did they know, it would take 11 years to develop their technology and pave the way for its widespread adoption. Reimbursement proved to be a particularly challenging hurdle on the path to market. In this story, Rosen shares lessons learned on the journey to securing reimbursement coverage.