Friday, March 28, 2014

Biomedical Engineering Seminar Presented at 7:15 p.m. on April 3 in DEH 120

Biomedical Engineering Seminar presented by the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering

John (Jack) H. Linehan
Biomedical Engineering Advisor from Stanford University and Northwestern University

TITLE: Medical Device Innovation: Engaging our Students

Thursday, April 3, 2014
7:15 - 8:30 p.m.
Devon Energy Hall, Room 120


ABSTRACT: Medical devices can save lives and improve our quality of life. Disruptive medical devices often emerge from small, entrepreneur-led, start-up companies. In present times, funding for early-stage companies has been challenging. Investors tend to be risk adverse. To minimize risk, understanding the process of medical device innovation is critical. While not formulaic, the steps leading to a successful medical device innovation are known. Training opportunities can help make the innovation process more efficient.

This lecture will discuss the medical device industry and current training opportunities in the medical device space. Students are eager to engage in this type of experiential learning because it is “real-world”. Learning in the innovation space supports multi-disciplinary (engineering, medicine and business) team-based approaches.

Early stages in the process of medical device innovation will be discussed with examples. The first step is to find the right unmet/undermet clinical and and then ensuring that one has gotten the need right (validation and verification).

Before brainstorming solutions to the need, it is prudent to understand current products addressing the clinical need, the intellectual property space covering the need and do market research on the scope of the need. Brainstorming and prototyping are keys to identifying potential product concepts, which are evaluated by clinicians and other users. Attention to manufacturing issues and regulatory pathways complete the businss plan.

BIOGRAPHY: Since 2005, John Linehan has been a Consulting Professor of Bioengineering in the Department of Bioengineering and the Bio-design Program at Stanford University, and since 2007 he has been a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. From 1998 - 2005, Dr. Linehan was Vice President of the Whitaker Foundation. Dr. Linehan was responsible for implementing and managing educational grant programs and for creating and organizing a number of unique national programs including the Biomedical Engineering Educational Summit meetings (2000 & 2005) and the Academic Leadership Program for developing young faculty leaders. The Whitaker Foundation, having invested more than $800 million primarily in biomedical engineering education and research in the past 30 years, closed its doors in June 2006.

Prior to joining Whitaker in 1998, Dr. Linehan was the Rose Eannelli-Bagozzi Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the founding Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University in Wisconsin. Until 1998, Dr. Linehan was also adjunct Professor of Physiology and Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a fellow and past president of the Biomedical Engineering Society and a founding fellow and past president of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. In 2006, Dr. Linehan was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

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