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).


11/12/14 The 2015 European Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance (BME-IDEA) Workshop will be held at Imperial College London on 4-5 June, hosted by the Department of Bioengineering. In brief, this workshop focuses on programmes in the EU that deliver medical device entrepreneurship training, many based on the Biodesign process. See the Imperial College website for further information.

9/16/14 The next BME-IDEA Europe meeting will be held in London, hosted by Imperial College in Spring 2015.  The next US BME-IDEA meeting will be during the BMES annual meeting in Tampa, Florida, October 7, 2015.

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.