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Managing Innovation

from the Inside Out

About Biodesign

At Biodesign, our goal is to improve patient care by producing the innovators who invent life-enhancing and potentially life-saving medical devices, techniques and related technology.

The breadth of knowledge in the life and physical sciences has grown exponentially, while technology has become increasingly complex. At the same time, the business of delivering quality health care has become increasingly difficult and expensive. Creating new, cost-effective medical devices that improve patient care requires a collaborative approach that focuses on the needs of patients, physicians and the health care industry as a whole. At Biodesign, we are refining a process that produces both world-class innovators and state-of-the-art medical devices.

The Biodesign program is a thematic area within Bio-X, a Stanford University initiative encouraging multidisciplinary approaches to biology and medicine.

We are dedicated to producing leaders in medical technology. Through courses, fellowships and one-on-one advising, Biodesign faculty and staff teach the basics of:

  • Innovation and Invention
  • Technology Translation
  • Challenges of the changing healthcare landscape

We organize events that foster and facilitate collaborations between the university and industry leaders in the service of both education and technology innovation.

The Biodesign Process embodies the spirit of collaboration behind Bio-X, emphasizing a team-based approach to biomedical engineering. Courses and fellowship teams are composed of individuals with backgrounds in medicine, business and engineering.

Our process, honed over 15 years of training fellows, students and executives, is based on the premise that innovation can be taught, learned and practiced, using experiential teaching in our year-long fellowship and graduate course programs. Multi-disciplinary teams are led through three well-defined stages:

  • Identify
  • Invent
  • Implement

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