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 process for assessing new opportunities and achieving results in the demanding health technology sector.

The next offering of the course is tenatively planned for Fall 2021, pending the COVID-19 situation. Please contact Gordon Saul, Stanford Biodesign's Executive Director, if your company is interested in attending. 

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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.


March 4-6, 2020. See the Course Schedule for more information.


“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 Thursday 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 Stanford Park Hotel (which is included in the cost of registration for the evenings of March 4 and 5).


At this year's course, we can accommodate up to 8 companies. Companies must register in groups of 8-20 participants for this team-based program. To initiate a group registration, please contact Gordon Saul. Registration priority is given to Stanford Biodesign's corporate partners. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Past Participants

  • Abbott
  • Baxter
  • BD Medical
  • Boston Scientific
  • CR Bard
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • GE Healthcare
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • NEC Corporation
  • Stryker Neurovascular
  • Terumo
  • Verily
  • WL Gore
  • Zimmer

What Participants Are Saying…

“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.”