Biodesign NEXT


Biodesign NEXT

The Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign offers a portfolio of courses to engage Stanford students in the important challenge of reinventing healthcare with the help of technology. Each of our courses teaches our need-driven, value-based approach to health technology innovation and how to apply it to improve lives everywhere.

Stanford Biodesign recognizes the most promising projects from a subset of our courses by providing these teams with additional mentoring and extension funding through the Biodesign NEXT extension funding program.

The purpose of the program is to provide high-performing teams with additional time and resources to help them advance their technologies. We are also focused on extending the learning experience to help prepare these aspiring innovators for careers in health technology innovation.

Read more about Biodesign NEXT below and view a video about one team's experience in the program here. You can also learn about the most recent award recipients, which are recognized at our annual Health Technology Showcase


Teams from the following Stanford Biodesign courses are eligible to apply:

  • BIOE 273 Biodesign for Digital Health
  • BIOE 141A/B Bioengineering Senior Capstone Design
  • MED 275B Biodesign Fundamentals

Approximately two teams per course will be chosen for extension funding awards each year, with priority given to those that include one or more undergraduate students.


The primary objectives of the program are to:

  • Extend the project-based learning experience post-class
  • Promote self-determined progress within a semi-structured environment 
  • Offer mentorship and Center resources


Biodesign NEXT extension funding is typically awarded to teams in the 1-2 quarters immediately following the course in which their projects were initiated.


Winning teams will continue work on their projects on the Stanford campus, with help and assistance from the Stanford Biodesign NEXT mentor team.


Biodesign NEXT will be introduced to students in BIOE 273, BIOE 141A/B, and MED 275B mid-quarter in which those courses are offered. For general questions, please contact Linda Lucian.