Innovative Device Design

slide_projects_2013_jhu5973_1028x680An intensive, hands-on engineering device design experience is central to the CBID program. Armed with insight gained at Johns Hopkins Hospital and during travel to low-resource parts of the world, student teams select a project and get to work. Clinical impact, commercial viability, and technical feasibility are all scrutinized, along with the all-important target users (clinician, hospital, or patient). Business plays an important role, too. Teams develop a commercialization strategy that includes regulatory process planning, patent searches, and getting the prototype to market via a startup business or licensing. CBID relationships with industry leaders provide students with key entrepreneurial and device commercialization skills through the program.

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“Connections to clinicians, entrepreneurs, and investors—plus the mindset that there is no reason why a team of people in their young to mid-20s can’t create something truly worthwhile. That’s why I chose CBID,” says Kevin Colbert, MSE CBID alumnus.

Founding a medtech startup is a very real possibility for CBID graduates. Michael Parlato, an MSE CBID alum, comments, “I would recommend CBID to anyone interested in running a company or getting a taste for every aspect of medtech innovation. CBID can give students access to the resources necessary to make a medical device startup successful.”

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