BME-IDEA was started in 2003 when a group of professors who were teaching design in a Biomedical Engineering department or program realized that there were common needs among them that were not being met by current conference offerings. The first BME-IDEA meeting was held in San Francisco in 2003 and the alliance has met annually or bi-annually ever since. In 2013, the first Europe BME-IDEA meeting was held among programs there.
Goals of the Alliance
- 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.)
5/15/15 The 2015 US BME-IDEA meeting will be held in conjunction with BMES in Tampa, FL on October 7, 2015. Further information is available on the meeting page.
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.
9/6/14 Barcelona’s dHealth program is hosting a European Biomedical Innovation Investor’s Day for all BME-IDEA programs in Europe.