The Biodesign NEXT extension funding program was launched in the 2016-17 academic year. It builds on Stanford Biodesign's previous "Immersion Program," which was piloted in BIOE273 Biodesign for Digtal Health.
The stories below provide examples of how teams involved in both programs have used their extension funding awards to advance their projects, and the valuable lessons the students have gained through the experience.
With limited access to health care services, low-income Californians have a high prevalence of chronic conditions including obesity and diabetes. To help reduce their health risks, a team of students in Stanford’s Biodesign for Mobile Health course conceived a mobile app that would help them consume a more nutritious diet. When the end of the quarter threatened to halt their progress prematurely, the team turned to a new funding program, Biodesign NEXT, to keep their endeavor moving forward.
The effort required to meet the daily, changing needs of a loved one with dementia is exhausting and even debilitating to the health of the caregiver. A new mobile app developed out of the Biodesign for Mobile Health course helps caregivers manage these challenges and remember the person they knew before dementia.
What Students Are Saying…
“[Through the program] I’ve gotten ... a broad overview of creating a company. I’ve honestly never been so excited about a project, or felt so motivated by my team members and mentors.”
“This program has provided our entire team with a knowledge and a process for how to take promising ideas and try to make them a reality. I’ve also learned that if you have an idea that can potentially do some good in the world, there are people who want to help you succeed.”