If you are interested in harnessing the collective skill, energy and talent of our design teams submit your design challenge for our next round of projects. If selected, a team of 5-8 undergraduate biomedical engineering students plus faculty will work with you and a group of medtech design and commercialization experts over the course of a year to develop solutions to your design challenge!
2019 Important Deadlines
Over the past nine years, Design Teams Students have completed over 250 design projects, mainly solutions to clinical challenges, with sponsors. This teamwork has been the basis for many patents, licensing agreements, and start-up companies. Teams have access to the BME Department’s state-of-the-art Design Studios on both campuses and resources to build and test early-stage ideas.
Each year, approximately 15 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 or research need. Teams identify projects in the Spring semester, before the Design Team academic year, and work on their projects for approximately 12 months. Team Leaders will begin their project search in February, and will start working with their teams in May.
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.