Executive Education

Managing Innovation From The Inside Out

Stanford Biodesign’s annual executive education program, Managing Innovation from the Inside Out, provides senior executives with a fresh perspective on how to drive innovation within their organizations. Through hands-on experiences and personalized interactions with industry leaders, participants learn a proven process for assessing new opportunities and achieving results in the demanding health technology sector.

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The course is designed for executives with 10+ years of management experience (strategic planning, R&D, product development, marketing, business development) who are responsible for leading innovation efforts within their organization.


Over three days, participants will learn and practice the biodesign innovation process through hands-on exercises and activities. You will also adapt and apply it to a unique team-based project related to a specific challenges facing your organization. Our goal is to equip you with meaningful skills and actionable plans to support the discovery and development of your company’s next big innovation.


March 1-3, 2017. See the Course Schedule for more information


“Home base” for the program will be the Arrillaga Alumni Center at the heart of the Stanford University campus. Other activities will take place at the Stanford Stadium, and a special dinner event is scheduled for Thursday night at a select off-campus venue.

Because this is an intense, team-based program, all participants – even those who live locally – are encouraged to stay overnight at the Stanford Park Hotel (which is included in the cost of registration).


Companies must register groups of 6-8 participants for this team-based program. To initiate a group registration, please contact Gordon Saul. Registration opens for Biodesign partners on September 1 and on October 1 for all other companies. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Past Participants

  • Abbott
  • BD Medical
  • Boston Scientific
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • GE Healthcare
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • NEC Corporation
  • Stryker Neurovascular
  • Terumo
  • Verily
  • Zimmer

What Participants Are Saying…

“Exquisitely practical and thought provoking.” 

“Quickly got us thinking different.” 

“It presented a whole new way to formulate and organize ideas.” 

“The one-on-one mentoring from program faculty was an invaluable part of the course. Our team received great feedback.” 

“Relevant content we could put to use on Monday.”