Stanford Biodesign's new primer on inventing biomedical devices, Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies (Cambridge University Press), has been on the market for a few weeks now, and the very early customer reviews are great. I'm not surprised. The authors--leaders of Stanford's graduate student training program in medical device development--definitely know what they're talking about.
Said one Amazon.com commenter:
This is the most comprehensive text I've found in the area of medical device development. I'm often approached by surgeons who are interested in inventing medical devices, and they often lack the business acumen and intellectual property knowledge to make the best decisions. Now I have a resource to direct them to so they protect their interests and drive their inventions to commercialization themselves, without having to rely on someone at a large corporation to give their invention a go/nogo.
And another commented:
I had the fortune of getting a beta version of this book a year ago. As a surgical resident, I was frustrated daily by the inadequacy of available treatments for patients and shocked by the archaic ways we often deliver health care. I jotted down many ideas and vowed to do better. But, with no business background, the process of taking an idea from concept to market was...scary. My fears were alleviated after reading this book.
The book's meant for students of medical device development, but reading the case studies is interesting even for a non-inventor like myself, who's just curious about how medical devices are born.
More info about the book is available in Stanford Medicine magazine and an article about Stanford Biodesign itself is here.
The proceeds from the book's sales support Stanford Biodesign.
Book cover designed by Zoe Naylor.