Biodesign Innovation Course

Course Details And Deadlines


  • Each year, the Stanford Biodesign Innovation course includes up to 48 graduate or post-graduate students from the schools of Medicine, Business, Engineering, Humanities & Science, and Law. These participants work together in eight multidisciplinary teams with six students each.
  • Biodesign Innovation is a fast-paced, demanding four-unit course. Attendance is mandatory and, importantly, students are required to take both quarters of the class series.
  • Enrollment in the Biodesign Innovation course is by application only. Some applicants may also be invited to participate in a 15-minute phone interview.
  • The application requires the following information:
    • Basic background and education/work/research experience
    • Why you are interested in medical technology innovation (250 words or less)
    • Your bio, which will be distributed to students and class mentors if accepted (150 words or less)
    • Your commitment to taking both quarters of the course series

Biodesign Innovation

Key Dates

For Stanford GSB students:

November 12 - Information session with course faculty from 12:10-1:10 at the GSB (lunch provided); Class of 1968 building, room C105; register now!

November 15 - Applications due by 8:00 am

November 21 - Enrollment decisions announced

For all other Stanford students:

December 3 - Information session with course faculty from 5:45-6:45 pm (dinner provided);  Li Ka Shing, room 130; register now!

December 9 - Applications due by 12:00 pm

December 13 - Enrollment decisions announced

Who Should Apply?

The Stanford Biodesign teaching team is looking for smart, motivated, creative, and entrepreneurial graduate and postdoctoral-level participants with an interest in technology, a commitment to improving healthcare, and a dedication to making a real-world project a success.


Please email Shiqin Xu for more information about the course.