Trainee Outcomes

Learn more about how Stanford Biodesign trainees are making a meaningful difference in healthcare, and how Stanford Biodesign’s circle of impact is expanding across the health technology innovation ecosystem.


Stanford Biodesign trainees have founded 56 health technology companies* based on projects initiated in our programs

  • Medical Cross Icon9,450,100 patients helped
  • Dollars Icon$1.2 billion in funding raised
  • People Icon2,146 full-time employees
  • Progress Circle Icon85% are active 19% have been acquired

Alumni from our Innovation Fellowship program have launched 68 additional health technology companies* beyond their fellowship training

  • Medical Cross Icon1.4 million + patients helped
  • Dollars Icon$1.1 billion in funding raised
  • People Icon647 full-time employees
  • Progress Circle Icon75% still active 13% have been acquired

* Companies have raised at least $250,000 in grant and/or professional funding and have licensed their IP from Stanford (if applicable).

84 percent of Biodesign Fellowship alumni have trained or coached others on the biodesign innovation process

Training & Education

91 percent of our Innovation Fellowship alumni have trained or coached others on the biodesign innovation process, with an average of 154 trainees per trainer and a total of 19,137 training experiences.

Company Advising

  • 4 out of 5Innovation Fellowship alumni have helped or advised other medtech companies, many above and beyond their primary job.


  • Lightbulb Icon>2 out of 3 Biodesign Fellowship alumni are named as inventors on issued medtech patents.
  • Document Icon14 citations per inventorThese 99 alumni are named on issued patents a total of 1,391 times, for an average of 14 citations per inventor.


  • Pencil and Paper Icon> 1 in 2 Biodesign Fellowship alumni have authored peer-reviewed publications related to medtech innovation.
  • Paper Icon10 listings per authorThese alumni are named as authors on peer-reviewed articles a total of 691 times, for an average of 10 listings per author (see Innovation Research for a sample of these articles).


Leadership Statistics Chart

Source: All statistics from the 2020 Stanford Biodesign Alumni Survey or our internal company tracking initiative.