A Multidisciplinary Biomedical Product
Development Course Incorporating Entrepreneurial
Elizabeth Friis &
University of Kansas
Biomedical Product Development is a multidisciplinary course taught
in the mechanical engineering department at Kansas University. The
course is open to senior/graduate students from any discipline. The
goals are to learn: 1)R&D required to develop an invention into a
marketable product; 2)regulatory issues; 3)quality system controls in
manufacturing; 4)product feasibility and commercialization processes;
and 5)the business aspects of starting and sustaining a company.
In the last iteration of the class, thirty-four students from engineering,
industrial design, and business enrolled. Nine E-Teams explored the
development of faculty and industry biomedical product inventions.
Team deliverables were the submission of a preliminary Design History
File, including business plan, and a mock NIH Fast-Track SBIR proposal,
complete with a commercialization plan. Engineering faculty
taught the course with the Director of Technology Transfer and a Business
School GTA. Attendance at the KU E’ship TLC (http://eship.engr.
ku.edu/) was required to supplement business topics. In this session,
techniques and outcomes of this unique course are presented.