Stanford

Medical Technologies (Biodesign)

Biodesign provides medical technology innovation training to teams of doctors, engineers and business students who identify a medical need, develop an invention to fill it and create a plan for bringing the technology forward into patient care.


Development of a novel monitoring system to prevent unnecessary blood product wastage

Year: 2015
Investigator: Barrett Larson, MD, resident in anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine; Alex Macario, MD, MBA, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine; Neil Shah, MD, clinical assistant professor of pathology


Study to evaluate a new, nonhormonal treatment for vulvovaginal atrophy in cancer survivors

Year: 2015
Investigator: Shannon MacLaughlan, MD, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Doug Blayney, MD, professor of medicine


High-yield, ultrasound-guided biopsy in the peripheral lung

Year: 2015
Investigator: Arthur Sung, MD, clinical associate professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine; Ryan Van Wert, MD, clinical instructor of medicine; Ben Cohn, graduate student in electrical engineering; Vidya Bhat, graduate student in business


Predicting clinical pregnancy with embryo mechanics after in vitro fertilization

Year: 2015
Investigator: David Camarillo, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering; Barry Behr, PhD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Livia Yanez, PhD candidate, Bioengineering


A novel device for treating chronic wound infections

Year: 2015
Investigator: Peter Lorenz, MD, professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery; Juan Rivas-Davila, PhD, assistant professor of electrical engineering; Johan Andreasson, PhD, postdoctoral scholar in genetics; Julie Saiki, PhD candidate, chemical and systems biology; Luke Raymond, graduate student in electrical engineering; Michael Hu, MD, postdoctoral scholar in plastic and reconstructive surgery


A cost-effective solution for management of perioperative normothermia

Year: 2014
Investigator: Peter Santa Maria, MD, instructor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery; John Brock-Utne, clinical professor emeritus of anesthesia; Brian Kannard, Stanford MBA student; Abhinav Ramani, ex-Global Biodesign fellow
Technology licensing: http://techfinder.stanford.edu/technology_detail.php?ID=30300


Smartphone-based ophthalmic imaging system for remote triage

Year: 2014
Investigator: Robert Chang, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology; David Myung, MD, PhD resident, Byers Eye Institute at Stanford; Mark Blumenkranz, MD, professor and chair of ophthalmology
News article:
http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2014/03/smartphones-become-eye-phones-with-low-cost-devices-developed-by-ophthalmologists.html
Journal article: http://www.journalmtm.com/2014/3d-printed-smartphone-indirect-lens-adapter-for-rapid-high-quality-retinal-imaging/


An in-situ, non-invasive method to monitor oxidative stress and gastrointestinal cancer progression

Year: 2014
Investigator: George Fisher, MD, PhD, Colleen Haas Chair in the School of Medicine; Victor Miller, mechanical engineering PhD candidate; Mitchell Spearrin, mechanical engineering PhD candidate; Christopher Strand, mechanical engineering PhD candidate; Amato Giaccia, PhD, professor of radiation oncology; Ron Hanson, PhD, professor of mechanical engineering


Real-time visualization of beam position and dosimetry of radiation therapy

Year: 2014
Investigator: Dominik Naczynski, PhD, radiation physics postdoctoral fellow; Cesare Jenkins, mechanical engineering MS candidate; Lei Xing, PhD, professor of radiation physics
Journal article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4265127


An intracranial access device for minimally invasive evacuation of recurrent subdural hematoma

Year: 2014
Investigator: Stanley Hoang, MD, neurosurgery resident; Maziyar Kalani, MD, neurosurgery resident; Gordon Li, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery


An ex-vivo gross study of radio-frequency-based denervation of pulmonary artery tissue: A translational study with implications in therapy device development for pulmonary hypertension

Year: 2014
Investigator: Swami Gnanashanmugam, MS, MD, cardiovascular medicine postdoctoral fellow; Jeffrey Feinstein, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and cardiology


A novel device to prevent surgical wound infections: A pilot clinical study

Year: 2013
Investigator: Mark Welton, MD, professor of surgery, and Thomas Krummel, MD, professor and chair of surgery.
Company funded: http://www.prescientsurgical.com


Hepatic neural balancing device for blood sugar control

Year: 2013
Investigator: Paul Wang, MD, professor of cardiovascular medicine, and Jeffrey Caves, PhD, postdoctoral scholar in medicine.


A new protein microarray platform on plasmonic gold substrates

Year: 2013
Investigator: Hongjie Dai, PhD, professor of chemistry.


High-throughput tools for insect vector-borne disease surveillance in real-world field settings

Year: 2013
Investigator: Manu Prakash, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering.


Development and testing of a prevention device for ventilator-associated pneumonia: The BronchoGuard

Year: 2013
Investigator: Stephen Ruoss, MD, professor of medicine.


Screening device for neonatal jaundice in India pilot clinical study

Year: 2012
Investigator: Vinod Bhutani, MD, professor of pediatrics, and Sandeep Sabhlok, medical student
Journal articles:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23043681
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22183759
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23604171
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23665596


Restoration of sight with photovoltaic retinal prosthesis, in-vivo testing of visual function

Year: 2012
Investigator: Daniel Palanker, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology, and Yossi Mandel, MD, PhD, postdoctoral scholar


A compact urinary catheter packaging for improved privacy, hygiene and compliance

Year: 2012
Investigator: William Kennedy MD, associate chief of pediatric urology, and an interdisciplinary team of students from the medical, business and engineering schools.
FDA clearance: http://www.compactcath.com


A minimally invasive method of treating patients with refractory ascites, excess fluid in the space between the abdomen and abdominal organs

Year: 2012
Investigator: Ashish Nimgaonkar, MD, biodesign fellow


Implantable tear duct stimulator

Year: 2012 Investigators: Mark Blumenkranz, MD, professor and chair of ophthalmology, and Michael Ackerman, PhD, Biodesign fellow
In clinical trials: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=oculeve&Search=Search
News article:
https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2015/01/a-real-tear-jerker-team-creates-device-to-alleviate-dry-eye.html


Development of a Novel Drug Screening Assay Using iPSC-derived Cardiomyocytes

Year: 2012 Investigators: Joseph Wu, MD, PhD, professor of cardiovascular medicine; Andrew Lee, PhD student in chemical and systems biology; Paul Yock, MD, professor of bioengineering and cardiovascular medicine


An image-guided device that prevents gallstone obstruction in patients who want to avoid surgery

Year: 2011
Investigator: Matthew Callaghan, MD, postdoctoral scholar and former biodesign fellow, and Thomas Krummel, MD, chair of surgery.


A low-cost test for diagnosing diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and African sleeping sickness in underserved global regions

Year: 2011
Investigator: Manu Prakash, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering.
News article:
http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2014/03/bioengineer-designs-diagnostic-microscope-costing-less-than-1.html
Journal article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4062392


A novel approach to cardiac rhythm support that reduces complications associated with current technologies

Year: 2011 Aravind Swaminathan, MD, and Ellis Garai, both graduate students and former biodesign fellows.


An advanced system for treating atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm problem affecting more than 2 million Americans

Year: 2011
Investigator: Paul Wang, MD, professor of cardiovascular medicine; Fritz Prinz, PhD, chair of the mechanical engineering; Robert Robbins, MD, chair of cardiothoracic surgery; and Amin Al-Ahmad, MD, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine.


A minimally invasive treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, in which damaged veins are not able to pump enough oxygen-poor blood back to the heart

Year: 2011
Investigator: Fletcher Wilson, biodesign fellow and R. James Yu, MD, urology fellow.


Clearance knife: An endoscopic knife to remove Barrett's high grade dysplasia Investigators

Year: 2010
Investigator: Tonya Kaltenbach, MD; Roy Soetikno, MD; Vijaykumar Rajasekhar, MD; and Lorenzo Deveza, MD 



Stereotactic radiotherapy for renal sympathetic ablation

Year: 2010
Investigator: Robert Chin, MD, PhD and Matt Wheeler, MD, PhD; associate professor of pediatrics 



A low-cost portable electron paramagnetic resonance oximetry system for clinical applications

Year: 2010
Investigator: Thomas Lee, ScD and Periannan Kuppusamy, PhD



Development of a prototype microfluidic detector enabling newborn screening for SCID

Year: 2010
Investigator: Manish Butte, MD, PhD

News article:
http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2012/03/new-stanford-immune-system-sensor-may-speed-up-slash-cost-of-detecting-disease.html
Journal article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3313547


miRNA Rapid Diagnostic Screen

Year: 2010
Investigator: Juan Santiago, PhD, professor of mechanical engineering


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