eu bme-idea meeting 2013

galway, ireland

Invitation | About the Meeting | Agenda | Attendees | Hosts


The Biomedical Engineering – Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance (BME-IDEA) represents 95 participating institutions in North America. Since 2003, BME-IDEA has held one-day working meetings wherein “best practices” of different university programs involved in innovation, design, technology transfer and entrepreneurship in biomedical engineering education are shared with the community.

As IDEA programs are beginning to emerge internationally, it seems timely to convene a day-long planning workshop to extend the BME-IDEA internationally. To this end, the one-day workshop will be held in Galway Ireland June 13-14, 2013.

Since this is intended to be a working meeting, we hope to keep the numbers of attendees small. On the other hand, we would like to ensure EU countries with active training programs in medical device innovation and entrepreneurship have the possibility of sending a representative. We are contacting you to request your help in identifying an appropriate invitee. We will very much appreciate a timely response. Please note that, while there will not be a registration fee for the workshop, all travel expenses are to be paid by each attendee.

We expect several US BME-IDEA representatives will be in attendance including Paul Yock (Stanford) and Jack Linehan (Northwestern) A draft meeting agenda will follow. As one aspect of the workshop, we expect attendees to prepare 5 – 10 minute “innovation snapshots” highlighting their most novel/innovative developments in graduate-level, experiential-learning courses in medical device innovation, and participate in a panel discussion. The snapshots will be collected and mounted on a new BME-IDEA INTERNATIONAL web site to motivate design/innovation/entrepreneurship education initiatives in BME programs worldwide.

Please tell us if your program is interested in participating. Send contact information to Jack Linehan, More information to follow.


Goal: To convene a one-day, active-participation workshop to share ideas and experiences among faculty and other interested colleagues who are involved in training students to more deeply understand and become competent in the medtech space related to design, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Rationale:  Innovation is gaining traction within the university setting, particularly in the medical device space. Students can be exposed to the innovation process (inventiveness put to use) through multidisciplinary, experiential learning. At the same time, information technology is radically changing education. Thus, it is timely to gather interested faculty to explore “what works” in this changing environment.


Thursday 13th June
19:30 Welcome Dinner in Marina’s Restaurant, The Radisson Hotel
Friday 14th June
08:00-08:30 Welcome, Introduction, Mark Bruzzi, Jack Linehan, Paul Yock
08:30-10:00 Session I
Entrepreneurship and Product Development in EU and US University Programs
“Introduction snap shots” (Max. 2 minutes) of relevant initiatives/activities at attendees institution.

  • Ireland:BioInnovate Ireland – medical device innovation training”. Mark Bruzzi
  • Italy: “Research, Education and Technology Transfer at Politecnico di Milano” Francesco Migliavacc
  • Denmark: “BioMedical Design, Denmark 2013” Martin Vesterby & Sys Zoffman Glud
  • North Carolina, USA:  “Medical Technology Innovation in UNC/NCSU”. Andrew Di Meo
10:00-11:30 Examples of Established Med Tech Training Programs
Each of the following Universities will present (in 8 minutes max.) on their programs

  • Stanford, USA: Biodesign Fellowship at Stanford University” Paul Yock
  • Northwestern, USA: Multidisciplinary Training in Medical Device Innovation” Jack Linehan
  • Sweden : “The clinical innovation fellowships programme at the centre of technology and health in Stockholm” Sjoerd Haasl
  • Spain: “Moebio / Design Health Barcelona – Mixing Biodesign + LeanStartup + Creative Leadership” Jorge Fernández
  • Germany: “Life science requires interdisciplinarity: BioThinking, an approach to enable collaborative science”. Jennifer Schoen
  • North Carolina, USA:  “Medical Technology Innovation in UNC/NCSU”. Andrew Di Meo
  • UK:  “Imperial’s new MRes programme”. James Moore
  • Ireland: BioInnovate”. Mark Bruzzi, Paul Anglim
11:30-12:00 Discussion
12:00-13:00     Lunch
The Following Sessions are ‘Round Table Discussions’ to get the views and insights of all attendees.
13:00-14:00 Session 2
Students / Trainees, Target Outcomes
Who do we teach? – What outcomes should we expect? – What does success look like?
This session discusses the background of students and subsequent issues relating to biases based on culture, ideal backgrounds, level of education, methods of attraction and evaluation of prospective students. The target objectives of training these students and the measurement of success for students/trainees/funders and universities alike will also be discussed.
14:00-15:00 Session 3
Identifying clinical needs/Inventing Solutions/Implementing plans
What do we want to teach? – How do we teach / enable learning?
In this session, methods of uncovering, investigating clinical needs, ideation, creativity, brainstorming and business planning will be discussed. This session will focus on what topics should be taught, what teaching materials are available for faculty and students in the medical product design space, and how learning is best enabled. The discussion will also examine the involvement of industry and clinicians external to the university in training programs.
15:00-15:30 Tea / Coffee
15:30-16:30 Session 4
Expert Panel Discussion Panel: Joey Mason (Delta Partners), John O’Sullivan (ACT Venture Capital), John O’Dwyer (European Manager NSAI), Ian Quinn (Founder Creganna Tactx)A panel discussion about what gaps in knowledge / challenges exist in identifying opportunities and development of early stage enterprises.The panel discussion will include: what students/trainees should understand about what it takes to successfully fund early-stage companies. In this session, the challenges and obstacles of the transition of innovators from a training environment to an innovation lead project / enterprise are explored. Also to be discussed is how students / trainees can best be equipped / prepared for this transition.
16:30-17:30 Wrap up Discussion, Conclusions, Follow up items
20:00 Dinner in Kirwan’s Lane Restaurant, Kirwan’s Lane.


Aalto University, Finland
Biocat, Spain
Bio-X, Denmark
Bogazici University, Turkey
Cardiff University
Charite Project
Delta Partners, Ireland
Gent University, Belgium
IHU Strasbourg
Imperial College, London
Johns Hopkins
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Northwestern University
NSAI (National Standards Authority Ireland)
NUI Galway
Politechnico Di Milano
Stanford University
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland
University College Cork
University of Bristol
University of Geneva
University of Heidelberg
University of Limerick
University of North Carolina/North Carolina State University
University of Strathclyde


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