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Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies 1st Edition

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"Everything you ever wanted to know about medical device entrepreneurship and more. Paul, Josh and Stefanos have led an A class team of experienced device company builders to produce a reference document to guide an aspiring device entrepreneur through all the challenges of getting an idea to market. These are tough times. Whether you're a physician with an idea, an engineer or a businessman, this is a unique and powerful resource."
John Abele, Founder Chairman, Boston Scientific

"This is a must read for device entrepeneurs. I only wish I had such a roadmap when I was starting out in my career. Biodesign: The Process of Innovating New Medical Technologies is a wonderful guide with lucent case studies that illustrate the critical steps necessary for the translation of ideas into commercial solutions. It is the Gray's Anatomy of device innovation."
William Hawkins, Chairman and CEO of Medtronic

"Biodesign: The Process of Innovating New Medical Technologies is direct, clear and simultaneously sophisticated yet practical as it unravels the many issues related to successfully navigating the entire biodesign path from concept to final product launch. I highly recommend that anyone seriously interested in developing an entrepreneurial venture in the medical products field read this book. It is likely to spare budding entrepreneurs a lot of trial-and-error and painful on-the-job training."
Dean Kamen, Inventor and Founder/President of DEKA Research and Development

"The Chapters are thoughtfully organized. With an excellent blending of scientific information, clinical problems, and examples of solutions, including case studies, the book has succeeded in accomplishing its goal of being very practical. The ending of each chapter with a 'getting started' section can greatly facilitate the reader to get started with the information on valuable resources. The mirroring of materials on a website with active links is another wonderful feature. This allows the readers to gain rapid access to the FDA website, etc. This book of Biodesign will be the standard in this very important field. It will be of great value in the education of undergraduate and graduate students in biomedical engineering and related fields, as well as for industrial scientists and university faculties who educate/train young bioengineers or want to pursue the process of innovating new medical technologies themselves."
Shu Chien, M.D., Ph.D. UCSD

"Biodesign is a handbook for medical device entrepreneurs based upon the key premise that innovation is a process and skill that can be learned. Furthermore, the key to medical device innovation is getting the clinical need in correct focus. This book will walk the student through the innovation process from how to properly define the clinical need all the way through getting the company funded and developing a quality product. Important topics like the FDA regulatory process, patents, ethics, quality and manufacturing are addressed. I don't know of any other text that has the wealth of practical and usable information on the entrepreneurial process as Biodesign. This is a much needed 'how-to' book written by people who actually have done it many times themselves. No thirty-thousand foot views necessary or appropriate here. Each chapter has a 'getting started' section that will help guide the budding entrepreneur through the necessary steps. This book should be required reading for anyone wanting to develop a new medical device or to start a new company in the medical field."
William Brody, Former President, Johns Hopkins University

"Whether you're a physician with an idea, an engineer, or a businessman, this is a unique and powerful resource."
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Book Description

Recognize market opportunities, master the design process, and develop business acumen with this 'how-to' guide to medical technology innovation. Outlining a systematic, proven approach for innovation - identify, invent, implement - and integrating medical, engineering, and business challenges with real-world case studies, this book provides a practical guide for students and professionals.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 806 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521517427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521517423
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a recent graduate of the Stanford Graduate Student of Business and have worked in the life sciences industry for many years. While at the GSB, I took the 2-quarter BioDesign class which used a beta version of this book as its text. The course - and text - has a rather ambitious aim, namely to explore the medtech entrepreneurial and innovation process and to do so in a cross-functional, comprehensive, and hands-on fashion. As one of the more popular courses at Stanford and one that has resulted in numerous new VC-funded start-ups, I think they have succeeded in this goal.

More so than entrepreneurialism in other industries, starting a new business in medical devices requires bringing together many disciplines and functions, including engineering, medicine, and business. This book takes this comprehensive view of the process. You'll learn about:

* Medical - learn about the clinical trials process for medical devices (e.g. 510k / PMA) ... learn how to put together a clinical development plan & clinical trials plan

* Engineering - learn about prototyping, produce concept definitions, R&D strategy

* Business - learn about doing a market assessment ... how to put together a reimbursement strategy ... how to do a marketing & business plan ... how build your financial models

But more than just looking at the individual disciplines, this text looks at the innovation *process*. That is, it walks through idea/concept creation and screening, researching new clinical need areas, and important early due diligence (i.e. IP searches, researching unmet medical needs, doing a stakeholder analysis). Then, once you have your concept it takes you through developing your early prototype and putting together a development and business plan.
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Format: Hardcover
As a medical device engineer with experience at both small and large companies, I was skeptical whether one text could be considered a go-to reference for medical device design. After a year of of experience with the beta version of this text, my doubts were allayed. The text is thoughtfully and logically laid out in a step by step approach to designing medical devices. One particularly unique aspect of this book, is that it provides a well-balanced blend of medicine, business and engineering in its approach. This is largely due to the extensive experience of its authors and their collaboration in its creation. The case studies provided in each chapter provide "hands-on" examples of the key information. For me, I found these sections the most interesting and the most inspiring to read. I found myself reading the case studies first and then going back through the rest of the chapter text to pull out additional information.

As I have found with only a handful of my engineering texts ( admittedly, I have shelved my Vector Calculus and PChem texts), I find myself constantly pulling this text off my shelf and referring to it--particularly for the extensive list of resources that are included at the end of each chapter. It has taken so much of the guess work and internet searching out of the equation!

There are so many unknowns and potential pitfalls in the development of medical devices. This text is a key tool to entrepreneurs who would like to avoid and/or prepare for as many of these unknowns as possible!
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Stanford University has been a leader in facilitating the creation and development of medical technology companies. A unique relationship has existed for a number of years between academic medical center and its engineering, science, and graduate business schools. The University also benefits from its location in the heart of Silicon Valley. In recent years, the University has created a noteworthy BioDesign Innovation program focused on the process of innovating new medical technologies by integrating faculty from its various colleges and experienced medical technology entrepreneurs.

Authors Stefanos Zenios (Charles A. Holloway Professor), Josh Makower, MD (co-founder of Stanford's Biodesign Innovation Program), Paul Yock, MD (Director of the Stanford Biodesign Program and the founding Co-Chair of the Department of Bioengineering), Todd J. Brinton, MD (Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine), Uday N. Kumar, MD (Associate Director, Curriculum of Stanford-India Biodesign), Lyn Denend (Research Associate), and Thomas M. Krummel, MD (Emile Holman Professor and Chair in the Department of Surgery, and Co-Director of the Stanford Biodesign Program)in "Biodesign" have taken the essence of the Stanford program creating a roadmap accessible to all on recognizing market opportunities, mastering the design process, and developing medical technology business know-how.
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