Global Initiatives

Stanford Biodesign is dedicated to helping innovators around the world thrive as they work to improve lives everywhere.

“Biodesign” has become a global phenomenon, with training programs like ours now operating around the world. Over the past decade, Stanford Biodesign has had a hand in inspiring or advising at least 18 educational programs in countries ranging from Canada and Chile to Russia and Israel.

One reason our approach is going global is that our unique biodesign innovation process works everywhere. When you’re identifying needs, whether you’re in a hospital in Palo Alto or an infusion clinic in rural China, it requires you to immerse yourself in the clinical and cultural environment and consider the unique perspectives and priorities of those stakeholders. When you’re inventing a solution, the process forces you to carefully consider exactly how and where it will be used. And when you’re implementing a solution, it again requires you to examine everything from traditions to economics to infrastructure so you can successfully get your product to patients. By innovating in this way, the biodesign innovation process can be used to effectively develop and deliver everything from high-end solutions for affluent populations in well-established markets to low-cost technologies intended to improve access for millions of patients in developing countries.

Learn more about our active global programs, affiliations, and partnerships by exploring the map below or visiting the following pages:

Global Biodesign Initiatives Map
Global Biodesign Initiatives Map
  • Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign
    Palo Alto, California, USA
    Stanford Biodesign is headquarters for our contacts across the globe. Many of our direct collaborators spend time training with us at Stanford through initiatives such as the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellowship or our Global Faculty Training program.
  • Singapore Biodesign
    Modeled after Stanford Biodesign, Singapore Biodesign is a capability development initiative that aims to train and nurture the next generation of health tech innovators for Asia. This program began as Singapore-Stanford Biodesign, a partnership between Stanford University, the Singapore Economic Development Board, and the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) in 2010. It offered a joint fellowship program with Stanford Biodesign from 2011 until its transition to independent status in late 2018.
  • Japan Biodesign
    Osaka/Tokyo/Sendai, Japan
    Japan Biodesign, a Stanford Biodesign Program Development Partner, was established in 2015 in partnership with Osaka, Tokyo and Tohoku Universities and the Japan Federation of Medical Devices, and a fellowship program was launched that same year. Through this partnership, Japan Biodesign faculty are trained at the Byers Center through our Global Faculty Training program and receive ongoing support and mentoring from our core faculty. Japan Biodesign fellows visit Stanford Biodesign for an intensive two-week training experience mid-way through their fellowship year.
  • BioInnovate Ireland
    Galway, Ireland
    BioInnovate Ireland opened in 2011 after its program director, Mark Bruzzi, trained with us at Stanford Biodesign. As a Stanford Biodesign affiliate, BioInnovate is an independent program that offers both a fellowship and industry training. Fellows from Stanford Biodesign and BioInnovate collaborate throughout each academic year to share ideas, information, and experiences.
  • School of International Biodesign
    New Delhi, India
    The School of International Biodesign is focused on training medical technology innovators and creating an ecosystem of frugal medical innovations in India. This program began as Stanford-India Biodesign, a collaboration between Stanford University, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in partnership with the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum. From 2008 and 2015, we jointly operated a fellowship program for Indian citizens who spent the first six months of their training at Stanford Biodesign, followed by six to 18 months at AIIMS. Now independent, the School of International Biodesign offers the iFellowship for aspiring medtech entrepreneurs.