SSB Incubator leads MED275B, Stanford’s first course on medical device design that brings together undergraduates and graduates from engineering, design, natural sciences, law, business, and medicine. The Incubator team conducts clinical needfinding alongside physicians from the Stanford School of Medicine, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and Palo Alto Veteran Affairs Health Care System. It also works alongside Biodesign Fellows and industry connections to select and design projects for MED275B.
Students in the MED275B course are given a project-based interdisciplinary dive into medical device design and prototyping. Student teams develop novel medical devices and healthcare technologies from ideation to physical realization and take part in a weekly seminar series with high-profile speakers in the industry from groups such as IDEO Health and Google X. The course ends with final presentations to local medical device professionals and venture capitalists, and teams can carry forward projects into startups after the conclusion of the quarter. Previous years' projects have included noninvasive monitoring of patient blood count, 3D-printed custom-fit neck braces from patient CT scans, low-cost prosthetics, and more!
Applications for the course will go out winter quarter
The SSB Conference committee brings cutting edge research and innovation to students through speaker series, student panels, and an annual spring biodesign conference to showcase leaders in biomedicine and healthcare innovation. Past conference topics have included regenerative medicine, pediatric medical devices, medical robotics, and engineering for the developing world. We have hosted hundreds of attendees and faculty from Stanford and around the country in the past, including students, faculty, and industry professionals. Last year’s conference, SSB MedX, featured industry and academic speakers working on projects ranging from early cancer detection to enhanced prosthetic technologies, along with student research in a poster session.
Take a peek at past conferences:
The Medical Robotics conference was held on April 10, 2010 at the James H. Clark Center at Stanford University. Over 250 students, faculty, and professionals from more than 50 companies and academic institutions all over the nation came together to discuss the current innovations and future directions of medical automation. Industry participants included Intuitive Surgical, Hansen Medical, Accuray, Robodoc, and SRI International. University participants came from Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, and University of Pennsylvania.
The Pediatric Devices Conference at Stanford University welcomed students, faculty, and professionals from across the globe to share ideas, discuss ongoing research, and present the latest in medical innovation. It included opening keynote presentation, guest speakers featuring some of the newest pediatric research initiatives, and a panel of experts providing closing remarks on the future of biomedical devices, touching upon the medical, technological, business and regulatory challenges that face this growing field. Guests included representatives from GE Healthcare, UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium, Georgia Tech Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers.
This SSB Conference addressed the lack of accessibility to adequate medical technology that plagues many developing countries. Topics for the conference included telemedicine, prostheses, diagnostics, and safety standards. Products were showcased in a device exposition and speakers included representatives from the Affordable Health/Medical Technology/DIY Innovation Lab from MIT and non-profit product development company D-Rev.
SSB’s Journal committee leads the production and publication of Probe Magazine, which discusses topics and issues in medicine and technology and highlights interesting and impactful individuals in the healthcare space. The committee is in charge of writing and editing articles that examine popular or prominent issues in biomedical engineering and healthcare and showcase pathways to biodesign through interviews with physicians, researchers, engineers, venture capitalists, and more.
Probe Magazine is currently in the works of redesigning its outlook and viewing venue. Please check back to view our first few articles of the year!
Connect aims to build and foster relationships between leaders in the biotech industry and students. Connect organizes many events during the year, from alumni-student mixers with Stanford alumni currently in the biotech industry, to career panels and recruitment fairs. Additionally, SSB Connect arranges tours with academic labs, large R&D companies, and up-and-coming start-ups alike. If you want to expand your network, start a career in biotech, or just want to hear the latest news in the field, come to our Connect events! We are open to the entire Stanford community.
Workshop is a new initiative aimed at bringing hands-on opportunities to explore the biodesign process to Stanford. Pop-up workshops offered in the winter will guide students through specific stages of designing a medical device, from developing unmet medical needs to CAD modeling and 3D printing prototypes. All Stanford students are welcome to attend any workshop.
Workshop schedule will be posted at the end of fall quarter
SSB's Biodesign Bootcamp is a 5-week workshop series offered in the fall quarter that teaches first year SSB members how to solve critical unmet medical needs through the Biodesign process. Each workshop features a Biodesign Fellow, who guides students through a specific aspect of Biodesign. Students learn through case studies and hands-on activities, working in teams to find solutions to pressing medical problems. During Bootcamp, students will learn to define a need statement, conduct stakeholder and market analysis, develop need specifications, prototype a medical device, and investigate medtech IP and regulation. By the end of Bootcamp, our members will be able to approach an unmet medical need and discover many innovative solutions.