bme-idea meeting 2015

tampa, fl

Schedule | Attending Universities | Invitation |Sponsors | Outcomes from the Workshop

The meeting was held on October 7, 2015 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel in conjunction with BMES.

This meeting is held every other year in conjunction with BMES, typically on the workshop day prior to the conference sessions.  

Limit 2 attendees per university – selected by BME departmental chair. The first 80 registrants received a copy of Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies thanks to Cambridge University Press.  

Program Schedule

10/7/15 Room BME-IDEA Workshop Agenda
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
7:00 am Florida 5&6, Foyer Breakfast and Registration
7:45 am Florida 6 Opening Remarks Slides
8:00 am Florida 6 Keynote –  Stanton Rowe, Edwards Lifesciences (interviewed by Paul Yock)
8:45 am Florida 6 Program snapshots: Global Health
Programs will discuss their efforts in the global arena
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  Slides
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Slides
Rice University Slides
Texas A&M University – cancelled
Johns Hopkins University Slides
9:30 am Florida 6 Keynote –  Global Health. Renuka Gadde, BD Medical
10:15 am Foyer Networking Break
10:45 am Florida 6 Program snapshots: Mixed Disciplines
Programs will discuss how they’ve combined disciplines in a unique way to enhance their programs
Colorado State University Slides
Carnegie Mellon University Slides
University of Alabama, Birmingham Slides
Tulane University Slides
11:15 pm Florida 6 Student Alumni Panel – What I wish I’d learned in my BME program
Matthew Callaghan, Sara Muldoon, Kevin Colbert and Michael Browne
12:15 pm Florida 5 Networking Lunch – KEEN sponsor comments – video
1:00 pm Florida 5 Program snapshots: Other 
Programs will discuss unique aspects of their programs
UC Davis Slides
Aarhus University Slides
Marquette Slides
University of Cincinnati Slides
Lawrence Tech University Slides
1:45 pm Foyer Networking Break
2:00 pm Florida 5 Hands-on Session: Needs Finding & Solutions for BME-IDEA programs’ needs
4:00 pm Florida 5 Wrap-up
4:15 pm Florida 6 Reception
5:15 pm End

Universities and Organizations who attended

Arizona State University at Tempe
Baylor University
BD Medical
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Clemson University
College of New Jersey
Colorado State University
Columbia University in the City of New York
Cornell University
Emory University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Institute of Technology
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Glyscend Inc.
Imperial College London
INNO-X Healthcare
Johns Hopkins University
Kern Family Foundation
Lawrence Technological University
Louisiana Tech University
Marquette University
National Academy of Inventors
National Institutes of Health
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
St. Jude Medical

Stanford University
Stephens Tech
Syracuse University
Tulane University
UC San Diego
UNC and NC State Biomedical Engineering
Universidad de los Andes
University of AkronUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Calgary
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of Cincinnati
University of Florida
University of Houston
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Memphis
University of Miami
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Utah
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
VentureWell, formerly NCIIA
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Washington University in St Louis
Wayne State University
Wichita State University
Yale University

The following letter went out to the BME Department Chairs:

We would like to invite you — or a colleague you designate — to join us for the next meeting of BME-IDEA (Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design & Entrepreneurship Alliance).

Over the past decade BME-IDEA has grown to include over 120 university programs in the U.S. and abroad with a focus on teaching and mentoring of innovation and entrepreneurship in biomedical engineering. These meetings are a chance to share best practices and new ideas with other faculty who lead programs and courses in medical technology design. Many past attendees have indicated that this is their favorite meeting of the year.

This year’s US event will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in Tampa, FL as a pre-conference workshop the day before the Annual Meeting of BMES. Featured sessions will include:

  • Program snapshots presenting rapid-fire examples of novel and best practices from multiple universities. Topics include mobile health, global activities and more.
  • Working sessions around challenges in training/education in BME innovation, design & entrepreneurship — topics may include program funding, clinical immersion/need finding, what industry wants in design/entrepreneurship training.
  • Roundtables focused on hot topics, including (for example) digital/connected health technology; implications of U.S. healthcare reform; global design for low resource settings; use of new design technologies such as 3-D printing.

*Invitations to BME-IDEA are limited to two faculty members per program. If you are not able to attend as chair, we encourage you to designate the appropriate faculty member(s) from your department (the most relevant faculty are those teaching capstone or other design courses).

To register for BME-IDEA 2015, visit our online registration page. Space will be limited so register soon to ensure a spot!


BME-IDEA Committee

John DesJardins, Clemson University

Andrew DiMeo, Univ. of North Carolina

Jennifer Keller Jackson, VentureWell

Christine Kurihara, Stanford University

Amy Lerner, University of Rochester
Jack Linehan, Northwestern University

Maria Oden, Rice University

Joseph Tranquillo, Bucknell University
Phil Weilerstein, VentureWell

Youseph Yazdi, Johns Hopkins

Paul Yock, Stanford University

Meeting Sponsors

Cambridge University Press

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering


Outcomes from the Workshop

During the afternoon workshop the following needs were identified in BME programs

  1. A way to get Unused IP created in university to generate value for stakeholders inside and outside of the university.
  2. A way for university programs to identify and access value of previous projects in order to realize the value of the iIP to create opportunitiess for outreach and partner engagement.
  3. An effective way for BME design experience to adequately prepare undergraduate students for a diversity of post graduate careers.
  4. A process to set and manage design project scope and expectations so that all stakeholders can be satisfied with the result at the completion of the class.
  5. A need for quality access to healthcare workers in the context of care delivery for BME-IDEA students so that they know and learn.
  6. A way to address the lack of collaboration among student in order to improve “merry conviviality,” i.e. fun.
  7. A way to customize and repurpose university space for student, staff, faculty to facilitate and encourage an innovation mindset.
  8. A resource for undergrad BMEs that promotes the creation of quality functional prototypes capable of attracting investment.
  9. A way to increase the competitive advantage of BMEs to land industry jobs.
  10. A need for more academic-industry interaction in design programs to better prepare students to work in industry.

Feasible Solutions

  1. Team 1 – Simple, transparent milestones for OTLs to meet, then an IP garage sale
  2. Team 2 – Collaborative platform that collects project profiles driven by crowdfunding – showcased on international basis
  3. Team 3 – Develop a portfolio of expertise – hiring external, team teaching, train faculty to teach designs, get team mentors
  4. Team 4 – Utilize design history file, periodic review of those so that scope/expectation is met – use documentation through whole process
  5. Team 5 – Create a marketing kit or campaign that targets healthcare workers and institutions (boilerplate) would include robust value proposition statement that is tunable
  6. Team 6 – A hackathon
  7. Team 7 – Franchise the model of the mobile innovation space – buy base model or rent it – tiny homes – custom designed and decorated by students – one for brainstorming, one for prototyping
  8. Team 8 – Annual Youtube Christmas event of student pitches sent to industry, alum and investors
  9. Team 9 – Each department incorporates and forms a for-profit arm – takes and develops internal ideas acts as incubator for small companies – students fulfill engineering roles
  10. Team 10 – Set of core standards for BME education with a professional designation for BME

Creative Solutions

  1. Team 1 – IP hedge fund (with industrial espionage)
  2. Team 2 – Interpretive dance of each project that is displayed for sale
  3. Team 3 – Outsource everything BME to Stanford
  4. Team 4 – Listen to “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones…
  5. Team 5 – VentureWell hospital provides universal immersion to all
  6. Team 6 – Fake sporting event
  7. Team 7 – Create design spaces on the moon
  8. Team 8 – Sell off biggest university curmudgeons
  9. Team 9 – ICORPS where best and brightest students are accepted into industry and college at the same time…
  10. Team 10 – Undercover operation to have CEOS take undergrad courses

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