If you are interested in harnessing the collective skill, energy and talent of our design teams submit your engineering need for our next round of projects. If selected, a team of 5-8 undergraduate biomedical engineers will work with you and a group of medtech design and commercialization experts over the course of a year to solve your clinical need!
2018 Important Deadlines
Over the past five years, Design Teams Students have completed 58 medical technology projects with sponsors, received 18 provisional patents (with nine patent applications pending), entered four licensing agreements, and have formed six start-up companies. Teams will have access to a state-of-the-art Design Studio and resources to build and test early-stage ideas.
Each year, approximately 14 teams of Biomedical Engineering undergraduate students work with clinical sponsors, faculty mentors, as well as professional designers, engineers, and scientists to define and implement an impactful project addressing a clinical need. Team Leaders identify projects in the spring semester, and work with their teams the following summer through spring. In 2018, Team Leaders will begin their project search in February, and will start working with their teams in May 2018.
Design Team projects are driven by students but benefit from a wide range of mentors and resources. Success of a project depends on close collaboration between the Design Team, CBID Team, and the Clinical Sponsor.
If the Intellectual Property (IP) is created by the students, the students own the IP as long as they are not employed by Johns Hopkins University and/or use substantial resources as defined under the Johns Hopkins IP Policy. If the IP is created by the Johns Hopkins clinician, then Johns Hopkins owns the IP because the clinician is an employee and is subjected to the Johns Hopkins IP Policy. As a clinician inventor, you will share royalties upon IP commercialization in accordance with Johns Hopkins IP Financial Distribution Policy.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering’s business development director, Chuck Montague, acts as the liaison in support of students and sponsors seeking patenting, licensing and marketing of Design Team-driven technologies and products.
Courtesy of Dr. James Gilman, Antonio Spina, Michael Good, Qiuyin Ren, Ryan Walter, and Travis Wallace
10-15% of preventable deaths in the U.S. army occur due to airway obstruction from maxillofacial trauma. The key lifesaving procedure in these severe trauma cases is a cricothyrotomy, where an emergency surgical airway (ESA) is opened in the cricothyroid membrane (CTM) of the neck. 68W combat medics are trained on cricothyrotomy, but previous data has shown a failure rate of 33%. The key failure points are:
Additionally, only 1 in 40 soldiers is a 68W, and some units may enter combat without a 68W. These problems could be solved if a simplified, intuitive, dependable cricothyrotomy device were available to more personnel.
Please complete the following form to submit a project. Typically, the most successful project submissions focus on the clinical problem and opportunity.