News Archive


Richard Popp Receives Hewlett Award

Stanford Medicine News, 6/28/17 

Dr. Richard Popp, Stanford Biodesign’s Director for Ethics and Policy, received the prestigious Albion Walter Hewlett Award, which honors an "exceptional physician with ties to Stanford."

Stanford Medicine 2017 Health Trends Report: Harnessing the Power of Data in Health


The inaugural issue of the Stanford Medicine health care trends report shows that big data will transform health care in the future but that more needs to be done to train doctors and patients in data management and analysis. The report references Stanford Biodesign as an example of a group on campus using new technologies to develop predictive devices to prevent disease before it strikes.

Biodesign Students Display Healthcare Innovations

Stanford Medicine Scope, 6/16/17

Read about the first ever Stanford Biodesign Health Technology Showcase, during which 10 teams of students presented the unmet healthcare needs they’ve identified and their solutions for addressing them.

Graduating Stanford Biodesign Fellows Offer Hard-Won Lessons in Innovation

Stanford Medicine Scope, 6/8/17

Biodesign Innovation Fellows Craig Nichols and Janene Fuerch share lessons learned from their fellowship experience.

Stanford’s 2017 Cuthbertson, Dinkelspiel, and Gores Awards Honor Faculty, Staff, and Students

Stanford News, 6/8/17

Biodesign instructor Ross Venook was honored with Stanford’s prestigious Dinkelspiel award, which recognizes outstanding contributions service to undergraduate education.

'Humbling' Hospital Simulations Inspire Stanford Graduate Students to Solve Problems in Health Care Delivery

Stanford News, 5/10/17 

Students in a Biodesign Innovation class got a first-hand look at challenges in health care with intense – and inspiring – hospital simulations. These students took what they learned in the simulations and applied it to new technology solutions.

Medtech CEO Shares Leadership Lessons with Stanford Biodesign

Stanford Medicine Scope, 5/9/17 

Mike Mahoney, chairman and CEO of Boston Scientific, shares insights from a diverse career in healthcare with interviewer Uday Kumar, MD, and a full house of Stanford students, faculty, and guests.

iRhythm’s Uday Kumar... What Makes Him Tick

Tech Tonics, 5/8/17

iRhythm has been described as that rarest of all breeds – a digital health company with a viable business model behind it. Founder Uday Kumar, a Biodesign Innovation Fellowship alum, shares his perspective on the early days of iRhythm and how Stanford Biodesign helped shape the company.

Stanford’s Yock Talks Medtech Costs, Biodesign’s Birthday, and How He Feels about Apple and Google

Medtech Talk, 5/3/17 

In this podcast, Paul Yock shares his insights on medtech innovation, the impact that financial pressures have had on start-ups, and his take on Google and Apple making a run on developing medtech devices.

Want to solve a health challenge? Ask for help.

LinkedIn, 4/27/17

Dean Lloyd Minor of the Stanford School of Medicine writes about the power of interdisciplinary collaborations – and programs like Biodesign – in addressing health challenges.

Minimizing Risk in Health Technology Innovation – A Checklist

Stanford Medicine Scope, 4/20/17 

New health technologies require millions of dollars and many years to bring into patient care ... and many fail along the way. Learn how the biodesign innovation process helps innovators mitigate critical risks before they make this long-term commit.

Doctors As Investors: Episode 1 - Why Your Doctor Should Daydream

YouTube, 3/29/17

Dan Azagury, Assistant Director for the Specialty Fellowship, describes Stanford Biodesign’s approach and why it’s so impactful.

Innovator addresses sleep-disordered breathing at Stanford Biodesign event

Stanford Medicine Scope, 2/17/17

Peter Farrell, the founder of ResMed, a global company focused on treatments for sleep apnea and other chronic respiratory disorders, was the featured speaker at the latest "From The Innovator’s Workbench" event hosted by the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign.

A Field Guide to Innovation

January 2017

Learn how Stanford-India Biodesign alumnus Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi is using the biodesign innovation process to develop low-cost technologies that solve healthcare problems in India. Many of his innovations leverage healthcare field workers to provide services to patients in remote rural areas.


The Impact of Postgraduate Health Technology Innovation Training: Outcomes of the Stanford Biodesign Fellowship

Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 12/21/16

This new study assesses the career focus, leadership trajectory, and productivity of 114 Biodesign Innovation Fellowship alumni (2001-15). We proudly measure our success by the people we train and their contributions to the health technology ecosystem.

Former Stanford Biodesign Fellows Working To Combat Night Terrors

Stanford Medicine Scope, 12/7/16

Andy Rink and Varun Boriah have developed a device that can rid children and their families of a frightening sleep disorder.

Stanford Biodesign focuses on innovation in aging

Stanford Medicine Scope, 11/23/16

Learn how the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellows are going from hospital to home (and everywhere in between) to uncover important unmet healthcare needs related to aging and longevity

Two Weeks In China: Lessons On Innovating Abroad

Stanford Medicine Scope, 11/16/16

Learn how Biodesign Faculty Fellow Robert Chang is helping spread the biodesign innovation process to China.

Fostering Surgical Innovation: The Path Forward

OBG Management, November 2016

Read about a roundtable, led by Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellow Dr. Eric Sokol and featuring Biodesign Innovation Fellow Elise DeVries, focused on ways to unfreeze the "innovation chill" in gynecologic surgery.

Why Health Care Innovation Begins by First Understanding the Need

Stanford Engineering, 10/17/16

Read why Stanford Biodesign’s Paul Yock believes that a needs-driven approach to innovation is essential in the health care sector.

Is "Lean" the Secret to Startup Success?

eCorner, 10/10/2016

Stanford Biodesign’s Executive Director, Gordon Saul, comments on why the lean-startup methodology isn’t necessarily an optimal fit for health technology innovation.

Q&A with Paul Yock, MD, Founder and Director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign

Medical Innovation News, 9/29/2016

The Fogarty Institute for Innovation caught up with Paul Yock to discuss Stanford Biodesign, its impact on young innovators, its relationship with the Fogarty Institute, and exciting trends in the medtech training space.

Biodesign Fellows to Develop Health Technology for Aging Adults

Stanford Medicine News Center, 9/23/2016

The Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign has joined Stanford Health Care’s efforts to advance care for the aging population by selecting aging as the clinical focus for its 2016-17 Biodesign Innovation Fellowship program.

Stanford Biodesign Helps Asia Pacific Region Strengthen Its Health Tech Innovation Ecosystem


Building on its own experience in the US, Stanford Biodesign recently had the unique opportunity to help convene a group of leaders from universities and governmental institutions across the Asia Pacific region to help them explore potential synergies in teaching health technology innovation.

From Small Republics Big Ideas Grow

MedTech Insight, 8/30/16

Learn how the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign program is nurturing a new generation of commercially-minded innovators in Asia.

How Medical Devices Start-Ups are Taking a Plunge into Manufacturing

The Economic Times, 8/26/2016

Abhinav Ramani, an alumni of the Stanford-India Biodesign Fellowship, comments on how (and why) India’s manufacturing sector in health technology is expanding.

Weekend Workshop Shows Patients and Clinicians a New Approach for Addressing Their Everyday Issues

Stanford Children’s Health Blog, 8/18/2016

Stanford Biodesign faculty member Ross Venook and a team of others from the nonprofit DFarm partnered with the Ronald McDonald House to provide nine clinicians and 10 teen patients with a unique learning experience.

At What Cost?

Stanford Medicine, Summer 2016

Learn how Stanford Biodesign is teaching inventors to make health care better and medical technology at a time.

Stanford Doctors Use Biodesign Training to Spark Health Innovation in Brazil

Stanford Medicine Scope, 8/5/16

How did three Stanford doctors — a sleep surgeon, an ophthalmologist and a urogynecologist — along with Biodesign Innovation Fellowship alumnus Ravi Pamnani, end up in Brazil leading a two-week biodesign bootcamp?

An Outsider’s Look at the Biodesign Process

Stanford Medicine Scope, 7/8/16

A first-year Stanford med student gets a flavor for health technology innovation at the Byers Center for Biodesign.

How did Stanford Biodesign evolve over 15 years to become a global influence in health technology innovation?

The MedTech Strategist, 6/30/16

In a recent article in The MedTech Strategist, David Cassak interviewed (from left) Paul Yock, Uday Kumar, Lyn Denend, Todd Brinton, Tom Krummel, & Josh Makower to find out.

A conversation with Biodesign’s Paul Yock, MD

Stanford Medicine podcast, 5/16/16

Paul Costello, chief communications officer for the Stanford University School of Medicine, interviews Paul Yock, MD, founder and director of Stanford Biodesign.

A look at Stanford Biodesign

Stanford Medicine Scope, 5/5/16

In its first 15 years, Stanford Bidoesign has trained more than 1,000 graduate students and nearly 200 fellows, who spend a year or two on campus identifying important unmet clinical needs and developing technologies to improve patient care.

Stanford Biodesign marks 15 years with new name, focus

Stanford News, 5/3/16

The Stanford Biodesign program has been renamed the Byers Center for Biodesign, and it has expanded its focus to helping create technologies that can assist in addressing the affordability crisis in healthcare.

Filtering pollution one nostril at a time

Stanford Medicine Scope blog, 4/20/16

Stanford Biodesign fellows from India are developing an air purifier than can be worn comfortably (and invisibly) inside the nostrils. This is the third in a 3-part blog series following the India team’s Biodesign journey. Part 1, Part 2.

Meet the doctor turned inventor who wants to make India’s healthcare accessible

Tech in Asia 4/28/16

A huge problem facing today’s health tech sector is making its benefits available and accessible for everyone, including those who may not live in big cities or bring in a handsome salary. Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi, an alumnus of the Stanford-India Biodesign Fellowship, is helping tackle this challenge in India.

Could this device cure your child’s night terrors?

CBS News, 4/18/16

Two alumni of the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship, Dr. Andy Rink and Varun Boriah created a device they call the Lully Sleep Guardian and won financial backing from Y Combinator to produce it.

Government of Canada Announces a $21.4 Million Investment in Innovative Research Projects that Prepare Science and Engineering Graduates for Jobs

Market Wired, 4/14/16

A new government-backed program at McGill University will emphasize innovation-oriented teamwork, pioneering for the first time in Canada a training model originally developed at Stanford Biodesign.

MedTech Innovation Ecosystem: What can Asia learn and adapt from Silicon Valley?, 3/7/16

Paul Yock, Founder and Director of Stanford Biodesign, spoke on the radically changing environment in medtech innovation. Building on his keynote lecture, thought leaders from different countries deliberated on the topic- “MedTech Innovation Ecosystem: What can Asia learn and adapt from Silicon Valley?”


Biomedical innovation takes off in India, with Stanford roots

Stanford News, 8/20/15

A Stanford Biodesign program that blends India’s frugal mindset with Stanford’s entrepreneurial atmosphere has generated low-cost solutions to high-tech medical needs.

A real tear-jerker: Team creates device to alleviate dry eye

Inside Stanford Medicine, 5/23/15

A search for medical needs in eye clinics led a team of Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellows to develop an implantable neurostimulator that painlessly increases natural tear production.

Shinzo Abe at Stanford: Innovation will Spur Japan’s future

Stanford News, 5/1/15

Japanese prime minister touts innovation links to Stanford, Silicon Valley. He also hailed a new partnership with Stanford Biodesign that will train the next generation of Japanese biomedical experts.