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BioDesign Innovation is a “real world” course in creating successful medical devices. The course is given over two semesters of one academic year and is composed of frontal lectures, practical training, and a guided project. The first semester focusses on identifying clinical needs, brainstorming and concept creation. The second semester focusses on concept development and business implementation. Teams of 2-3 students from engineering disciplines will team up with business students and with people from medical and law backgrounds to conceive and design an innovative medical device, taking it through all steps of development. The students in the teams will complete assessment items together, each member primarily contributing according to their specialisation. The teams will create an engineering prototype of their invention, draft a provisional patent application, and compose a detailed business plan. BioDesign Innovation is taught by a combination of academics, medical device entrepreneurs, corporate executives, intellectual property attorneys and venture capitalists. As such, it provides a unique opportunity to gain real world experience while still in an academic environment.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subjects, students should be able to:
- Work as part of an interdisciplinary team to complete a technical project
- Search, analyse and document clinical practice, engineering science and relevant literature in order to determine the need for further research and development in a chosen clinical area
- Devise a methodology of investigation to research and apply established theories to an interdisciplinary body of knowledge and practice
- Collect and analyse a range of data (both qualitative and quantitative) to analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in a chosen topic
- Build a device or write software that helps to technologically address a clinical need
- Develop a business plan, including market overview, regulation and reimbursement strategies and intellectual property (IP) strategies
- Write a project report that follows good engineering science practice
- Present oral presentations of the findings of the investigation to an specialist and non-specialist audiences.
On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following skills:
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.
- Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance.
- Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member.
- Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development.
- Understanding of the principles of research and development.
- Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning.
- Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom.
Last updated: 10 September 2021