A new model for graduate education and innovation in medical technology

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Abstract

We describe a new model of graduate education in bioengineering innovation and design- a year long Master's degree program that educates engineers in the process of healthcare technology innovation for both advanced and low-resource global markets. Students are trained in an iterative "Spiral Innovation" approach that ensures early, staged, and repeated examination of all key elements of a successful medical device. This includes clinical immersion based problem identification and assessment (at Johns Hopkins Medicine and abroad), team based concept and business model development, and project planning based on iterative technical and business plan de-risking. The experiential, project based learning process is closely supported by several core courses in business, design, and engineering. Students in the program work on two team based projects, one focused on addressing healthcare needs in advanced markets and a second focused on low-resource settings. The program recently completed its fourth year of existence, and has graduated 61 students, who have continued on to industry or startups (one half), additional graduate education, or medical school (one third), or our own Global Health Innovation Fellowships. Over the 4 years, the program has sponsored 10 global health teams and 14 domestic/advanced market medtech teams, and launched 5 startups, of which 4 are still active. Projects have attracted over US$2.5M in follow-on awards and grants, that are supporting the continued development of over a dozen projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1822-1833
Number of pages12
JournalAnnals of biomedical engineering
Volume41
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013

Keywords

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Commercialization
  • Design
  • Global health
  • Graduate education
  • Innovation
  • Spiral innovation
  • Technology transfer
  • Translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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