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Featured Companies

Companies spotlighted
in the book to help illustrate aspects of the process

Abbott Vascular
Acclarent
Accuray, Inc.
Advanced Cardiovascular Systems (ACS)
ArthroCare Corporation
Bariatric Partners
Boston Scientific
Cardica, Inc.
Cierra, Inc.
Computer Motion
Concentric Medical
Cordis Corporation
Diasonics
Devices for Vascular Intervention (DVI)
Emphasys Medical
Ethicon
ev3
Evalve, Inc.
ExploraMed
Genomic Health
Genzyme
Guidant
Heartport
HourGlass
Inhale Therapeutic Systems
InnerPulse
InterWest Partners
Intuitive Surgical
iRhythm
Johnson & Johnson
Kyphon
Medtronic
Metrika
Micrel Medical Devices
NeoGuide Systems
NeoTract, Inc.
Northwestern University
OEC Medical Systems
Perclose
Pfizer
Rapid Exchange
Respironics
Simpirica Spine
Spiracur
St. Francis Medical
The Foundry
University of Cincinnati
Ventritex, Inc.
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THE PROCESS

Biodesign innovation—or the identification, invention, and implementation of new medical technologies—is a discipline that can be learned.   Innovators who bring new medical devices and diagnostics into practice have a unique opportunity to extend and improve patient lives while transforming healthcare for generations to come.  

The biodesign innovation process has been developed to help both novice and experienced innovators increase their likelihood of success.  This process is taught in Stanford University’s Program in Biodesign and serves as the foundation of the book Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies.  The purpose of this website is to provide innovators of all types with additional tools, resources, and information to help them effectively apply the biodesign innovation process to real-world or class-based projects.

We developed the process over an eight year period, drawing from the combined experiences of hundreds of accomplished medtech innovators.  To date, it has been used to:

•    Advise more than a hundred project teams at Stanford.  
•    Launch numerous venture-backed companies.
•    Bring devices into practice that have been used to treat thousands of patients.

By sharing the biodesign innovation process more widely, along with the information we have developed for the program, the book, and the website, it is our hope that even more innovators can benefit from this collective experience in the service of bringing effective new technologies into patient care.
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