Students Complete New Medical Product Ideation Course under the Center for Medical Innovation
SPRING 2012 ... Thirteen students completed a new graduate course offered by Bioengineering in Fall 2011. Titled “Medical Product Ideation” (BIOENG2150), the MPI course was developed by Professor Alan Hirschman under the sponsorship of the new Center for Medical Innovation. This course is the first in a series satisfying the requirements of a Professional Masters in Medical Product Innovation, although it is also available as an elective in the graduate Schools of Engineering, Health Sciences, and Business.
The aim of Medical Product Ideation is to provide tools, methods, and inspiration for the next generation of medical product development engineers, managers, and industry entrepreneurs. Students interacted with clinical advisers throughout the entire design phase of the projects and were further assisted by the course’s teaching assistant, graduate student Don Taylor.
The MPI course was designed to guide student teams in the use of tools to discover unmet, often unrecognized needs in the clinical environment. Tools and methods were taught through lectures and workshops conducted by medical device industry professionals. Students demonstrated mastery of tools for creative idea generation, identification of needs, and structured problem solving. The course also covered the basics of patents, regulatory issues, and product liability. Each of the teams was paired with a “clinical mentor” from the School of Medicine to work on developing clear problem statements, requirements, and potential solutions to unresolved clinical problems. Preliminary market analysis and IP evaluations were also performed by each team.
Medical Product Innovation Teams