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Welcome to Utah BioInnovate

‣ The Bioengineering graduate bioInnovate track aims to provide a comprehensive biomedical device design training program through the use of a multidisciplinary, hands-on teaching approach in classroom, clinical, and laboratory settings. Students from engineering, medicine, business and law backgrounds will be trained in clinical problem identification, medical device innovation, and commercial translation; all within the regulatory framework of the FDA. Students will immerse themselves within clinical environments and learn to observe procedures, the utilization of medical devices, and interact with patients and clinicians to uncover unmet clinical needs. Students will translate these unmet needs into medical device concepts that will be refined for commercial potential. Once final concepts have been generated, student teams will further develop these ideas into testable prototypes and develop business plans while operating under the regulatory framework of the FDA. Upon completion of the bioInnovate track, students should be able to: (1) observe and identify unmet needs in clinical environments; (2) work effectively in multidisciplinary teams in asynchronous environments; (3) understand and apply FDA QSR in the design and development of medical devices; (4) develop a business plan, attract potential funding sources, and start a company in the medical device industry.

‣ This track builds on a collaborative relationship between the College of Engineering, School of Medicine, and Tech Ventures and creates a unique interface that moves new ideas towards development and commercialization. The Department of Bioengineering's undergraduate bioDesign program serves as a foundation for the graduate bioInnovate track and has successfully completed projects in diverse fields of medicine including cardiology, speech pathology, rehabilitation, gastroenterology, cardiothoracic surgery, ophthalmology, neonatology, urology and anesthesiology. The bioDesign program can be found here (http://www.biodesign.utah.edu)

‣ Thanks for taking the time to visit our web site. If you're thinking of applying as a student, becoming a corporate sponsor or industrial partner, or if you just have a comment, please drop us a line.

Bob Hitchcock
Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering