Creation of a Medical Device Innovation Initiative

Harvard University, 2011 - $34,000

This grant supports the scaling up of Medical Device Design, a new course at Harvard focused on the design of medical devices to address needs identified by clinicians from Harvard-affiliated hospitals. The course was piloted in the spring of 2011; two of the four teams that formed during the class filed provisional patents. NCIIA funding is being used to: improve the quality of projects selected for participation in the course; improve the clinical immersion experience for both students and physicians; run a pilot global immersion experience; expand the focus of the class to include biomaterials design; develop instructional open-source kits for medical device development; and create a healthcare innovation ecosystem to support students in translating their projects into products. These six improvements are enabling the generation of a larger number of medical device E-Teams at Harvard.