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Anticipating the arrival of the book, Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies

October 12, 2009
Learn all about a process for innovating medical technologies that was formerly limited to fellows and students in Stanford's Biodesign Program.

Learn all about a process for innovating medical technologies that was formerly limited to fellows and students in Stanford's Biodesign Program.

I’m excited to be receiving a copy of the Biodesign book this Wednesday.  When I learned this process in the driver’s seat as a fellow in the program, the only written material to reference was a collection of detailed notes written by a previous year’s fellow.  Our primary guides in learning this process for innovating medical technologies were the co-founders of the program, Josh Makower and Paul Yock.  I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn directly from these two physician-innovators.  I also recognize that this teaching model is limited in its scalability.  Now that the process is explained in writing and available on Amazon’s bookshelf, anyone can glean the valuable lessons and advice for less than the price of taking any single author out to dinner!

Since Stanford’s Biodesign Program continues to evolve year-after-year, I’m also looking forward to the new lessons, case studies, and process guidelines that have developed since I completed the fellowship 5 years ago.

Here’s a brief description of the book from a recent release announcement:

Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies, is now available in the U.S. This is a comprehensive and hands-on guide to medical device innovation – over 700 pages – that provides practical information on important topics such as needs finding and characterization; ideation and brainstorming; IP, regulatory and reimbursement strategies; global opportunities; and funding and marketing approaches.  The book also includes quotes, case studies, and vignettes from hundreds of innovators and companies from the Bay Area and beyond.


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