bme-idea meeting 2016

minneapolis, mn

BME-IDEA 2016 was hosted at the University of Minnesota in conjunction with BMES on October 4-5, 2016.

agenda & logistics

Theme: Design, innovation and entrepreneurship at the intersection of academia and industry in BME.

Desired outcomes:

  • A better understanding of industry needs/processes
  • Best practices for teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in BME
  • A national network of peers to connect with

Program Snapshots: Academic/Industry Collaborations
Program Snapshots: Master’s Programs in Medtech

Universities and organizations that attended BME-IDEA 2015 (66 total):

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 was sent to the BME Department Chairs:

We would like to invite you—or up to two colleagues whom you designate—to join us for the next meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design & Entrepreneurship Alliance, more commonly referred to as the BME-IDEA consortium.

Over the past decade BME-IDEA has grown to include over 100 university programs with a focus on teaching and mentoring related to innovation and entrepreneurship in biomedical engineering. Our annual meetings provide you and/or members of your team with the opportunity 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 numerous professional conferences they attend.

This year’s US-focused event will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN, with a kick-off reception the evening of Tuesday, October 4. As always, we have scheduled the event as a pre-conference workshop the day before the Annual Meeting of BMES. Given the location in the heart of the Twin Cities medical technology hub, our gathering will focus on effective collaborations between industry and academia as a core theme. Featured sessions will include:

  • Program snapshots: Rapid-fire examples of novel and best practices from universities across the country.
  • “Roundtables:” Group discussions focused on current issues in training/education in BME innovation, design & entrepreneurship led by faculty from premier universities, along with invited members from industry.
  • Industry and Alumni panels: Sessions devoted to the collaboration of industry with academia and learning from recent graduates about how their program prepared them for a job at a large company or a startup.

Invitations to BME-IDEA are limited to up 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-related courses.

Registration will open in late June; more information on BME-IDEA is available here.


Art G. Erdman, University of Minnesota
John H. Linehan, Northwestern University
Paul G. Yock, Stanford University
On behalf of the BME-IDEA 2016 Planning Team

BME-IDEA 2016 Planning Team

Lyn Denend, Stanford University
John DesJardins, Clemson University

Andrew DiMeo, Univ. of North Carolina

Arthur Erdman, University of Minnesota
Jennifer Keller Jackson, VentureWell

Eric Ledet, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jack Linehan, Northwestern University

Michael “Moose” O’Donnell, UC Berkeley

Maria Oden, Rice University

Joseph Tranquillo, Bucknell University
Phil Weilerstein, VentureWell

Youseph Yazdi, Johns Hopkins

Paul Yock, Stanford University

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