Executive Education

Managing Innovation From The Inside Out

Stanford Biodesign’s annual executive education program, Managing Innovation from the Inside Out, provides executives and senior managers with a fresh perspective on how to drive innovation within their organizations. Through hands-on experiences and personalized interactions with industry leaders, participants learn a proven, need-driven process for assessing new opportunities and achieving results in the demanding health technology sector.

The next offering of the program will take place March 18-20, 2024 and enrollment is now open, with priority registration given to Stanford Biodesign corporate sponsors. Please contact Gordon Saul, Stanford Biodesign's executive director, for more information.

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The course is designed for executives with 10+ years of management experience (strategic planning, R&D, product development, marketing, business development) who are responsible for leading innovation efforts within their organization.


Participants will learn and practice the biodesign innovation process through hands-on exercises and activities. You will also adapt and apply it to a unique team-based project related to a specific challenges facing your organization. Our goal is to equip you with meaningful skills and actionable plans to support the discovery and development of your company’s next big innovation.


Macrh 18-20, 2024. See the Course Schedule for more information about the program.


“Home base” for the program will be the Arrillaga Alumni Center at the heart of the Stanford University campus. A special dinner event is scheduled for Tuesday night at a select off-campus venue.

Because this is an intense, team-based program, all participants – even those who live locally – are encouraged to stay overnight at the designated hotel (which is included in the cost of registration for the evenings of March 18 and 19).


At the next  offering of the program, we can accommodate eight companies. Companies must register a group of at least 12 participants for this team-based course. To initiate a group registration, please contact Gordon Saul. Registration priority is given to Stanford Biodesign's corporate sponsors. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Past Participants

  • Abbott
  • Baxter
  • BBraun
  • BD Medical
  • Boston Scientific
  • CR Bard
  • Dexcom
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • GE Healthcare
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Medtronic
  • NEC Corporation
  • Siemens Healthineers
  • Stryker Neurovascular
  • Teleflex
  • Terumo
  • Verily
  • Veranex
  • WL Gore
  • Zimmer/Zimmer Biomet

What Participants Are Saying…

“Completely changes your thinking about innovation.” 

“My excitement level to start using these tools is off the charts! I wish I would have had this information years ago.”.” 

“A powerful message that everyone in my company should hear.” 

“One of the most beneficial training courses I’ve ever taken.” 

“Exquisitely practical and thought provoking.” 

“Quickly got us thinking different.” 

“It presented a whole new way to formulate and organize ideas.” 

“The one-on-one mentoring from program faculty was an invaluable part of the course. Our team received great feedback.” 

“The presenters and mentors were top notch.” 

“Relevant content we could put to use on Monday.”