The Stanford Biodesign program recently posted 296 short education videos on medical technology innovation. From needs finding through business planning, it offers entrepreneurs hours of useful advice on developing medical products.
This video library, which was launched with the second edition of the Biodesign textbook, is free to all. Its well-designed online interface makes it easy to access the advice that medtech innovators need, when they need it.
To create the video library, Biodesign hired filmmakers from both inside and outside of Stanford to capture the essence of the 2013-14 Biodesign fellowship program. During this ten-month program, multidisciplinary teams undergo a process of sourcing clinical needs, inventing solutions and planning for implementation of a business strategy. The program’s track record for bringing new medical devices and technologies to patients is impressive: Biodesign fellows have founded more than 30 companies in the last 14 years.
Each three- to four-minute video features interviews with faculty, fellows, CEOs, investors and alumni who have gone on to launch companies. A few of my favorites are:
- IDEO: Building Creative Confidence
- AWAIR: Questioning Existing Solution Paradigms
- The VC Meeting: What to Expect (Spoiler alert: Brook Byers offers you a virtual cappuccino and a glass of Chardonnay)
The Biodesign video library, which was supported by the Walter H. Coulter Foundation, is an extension of the program’s mission — to help train the next generation of leaders in biomedical technology innovation. While the Stanford-based Biodesign program admits only 12 full-time postgraduate fellows a year, now these lessons-learned can be shared with medtech entrepreneurs around the globe. Just B.Y.O.P. (Bring your own popcorn.)
Previously: A medical invention that brings tears to your eyes, Biodesign fellows take on night terrors in children, Stanford Biodesign Program releases video series on the FDA system, Heart devices get at mobile makeover
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