BME-IDEA Meeting

BME-IDEA was started in 2003 when a group of professors who were teaching design within a Biomedical Engineering department or program realized that there were common needs among such professors that were not being met by current conference offerings. The first BME-IDEA meeting was held in San Francisco in 2003 and has met annually or bi-annually ever since. In 2013, the first Europe BME-IDEA meeting was held.


  • Review the experiences of different university programs involved in innovation, design, technology transfer and entrepreneurship in biomedical engineering education
  • Discuss objectives, challenges, and opportunities for further development of these programs – including industry and academic perspectives
  • Explore the potential for sharing resources and creating community- wide tools (e.g., web portal, national design contest, etc).


9/6/14 Barcelona’s dHealth program is hosting a European Biomedical Innovation Investor’s Day for all BME-IDEA programs in Europe.

7/20/14 Our last European BME-IDEA meeting was held in Stockholm, Sweden on May 26, 2014, hosted by the Center for Technology in Medicine and Health.

9/25/13 BME-IDEA 9 held in Seattle, WA. Our 9th BME-IDEA meeting was held in conjunction with BMES in Seattle, Washington.

6/23/2013 Our first ever European BME-IDEA meeting was held on June 13-14, 2013. See slide presentations on the Europe page.