October 2018 – Atlanta, GA

Register Now for BME-IDEA 2018!
October 16 & 17, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

Registration is now open for BME-IDEA 2018! This year’s meeting will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with the 2018 BMES annual conference. Early Bird Registration is only $150!  Register now! (Sale ends 9/12.)


Members of the US-based BME-IDEA consortium meet approximately every other year to share best practices, discuss common challenges, and brainstorm new directions in BME innovation education. The group typically includes faculty and staff from leading U.S. universities that teach in experiential undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training programs focused on health technology innovation.

This year’s meeting will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday,
October 16 and 17, 2018  in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with the 2018 BMES annual conference.

See below for the working version of the program schedule

What’s New and Exciting This Year?

  • For the first time ever, we are actively seeking to include
    representatives from the BME-IDEA consortiums in Europe and the Asia Pacific. Select participants will present at the main meeting on Wednesday, October 17 and a special working session will be held on Tuesday, October 16 to share ideas and information across these global regions.
  • New sessions on other timely topics, such as diversity in BME
    innovation education and technology translation, are included in this year’s agenda.
  • Time for networking with fellow participants over drinks and
    appetizers has been set aside the evening before the event to
    allow you to meet new colleagues and reconnect with old friends.

Program Schedule (working version)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Timing Topic
2:00-6:00 Global Exchange: Tackling Issues and Sharing Best Practices in Innovation Education (by invitation)

This small group, interactive session will enable the leaders of innovation education programs from around the world to connect, share their experiences, and help one another overcome common challenges. Before the meeting, we’ll ask all participants to send in three issues/challenges currently facing their program. At the event, we’ll discuss the top issues, with more established programs their sharing strategies/lessons learned and the entire group brainstorming other possible solutions. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore potential international collaborations and discuss what innovation education programs want/need from more global BME-IDEA activities. To participate, be sure to express interest when completing your registration and the organizing committee will follow up with more information.

Target Audience:

  • Attendees representing programs based outside the US
  • Participants from US institutions with active international collaborations and/or an interest is launching one

Required pre-work:

  • Prepare a one-page program overview (using the template provided) to describe key aspects of your program.
  • Identify the top three challenges facing your program that you’d ideally like to discuss during the session.
  • Submit both to moden@rice.edu and denend@stanford.edu no later than September 10, 2018.
6:00-8:00 Networking Reception (all participants)
Catch up with colleagues and meet more of your peers at this year’s BME-IDEA networking reception. This informal event will include brief welcome remarks, as well as a fun get-to-know you activity. Appetizers and one drink ticket per participant will be provided.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Timing Topic
8:00-8:15 Welcome
8:15-9:15 Strengthening Industry-Academic Partnerships in Developing High Potential Talent and Solutions

Our intuition and experience tells us that partnership between industry and academia can be valuable to both. But what models for partnership deliver on this promise? How can we work together to advance our impact on health care, from both the talent and innovation perspectives?

Moderator: Dr. Youseph Yazdi (Johns Hopkins University)
Panelists: Arjun Desai (J&J), Stacy Kromenhoek (Boston Scientific), and Walt Baxter (Medtronic)

9:15-10:10 Essentially Complicated: Making Sense of Healthcare Economics

For payers, providers, and even patients, healthcare economics has become an essential consideration when it comes to deciding whether or not to adopt a new medical technology. Aspiring innovators must be equipped to understand the economics of their solutions and the ways in which the economics of health care differs from other fields. The difficult question for educators is how to incorporate this complex subject matter into graduate and undergraduate BME innovation training curricula. In this interactive panel discussion, we’ll explore a variety of perspectives, including academic economists and industry decision makers regarding what our trainees should know about healthcare economics.Moderator: Paul Yock (Stanford)
Panelists: Jan Pietzsch (Stanford), Jason Hockenberry (Georgia Tech), and Eric Barrette (Medtronic)
10:00-10:45 Dream Teams: Expanding Beyond BME

BME innovation education took a giant step forward with the introduction of project-based, experiential learning. Now, important opportunities exist to evolve our training models further by expanding our design teams to be truly inter-disciplinary. In this interactive panel discussion, hear from graduate and undergraduate program leaders about how they are involving students from other departments and schools in their courses and the effect it’s having on the learning experience.

Moderator:Joe Tranquillo (Bucknell University)
Panelists: Mary Beth Privitera (University of Cincinnati), Vin Pizziconi (ASU), and Wendy Newstetter (Georgia Tech)

10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Diversity in BME Innovation Education:  Moving Beyond #MeToo to Real Inclusion

BME programs have made meaningful progress in increasing student diversity with many programs reporting balanced gender equity at the undergraduate level.  However, inclusion lags behind for graduate programs and faculty, as well as in entrepreneurial ventures. To set the stage for this session, we will review statistics and discuss federally-funded programs designed to increase diversity. To explore one possible barrier to inclusion, we will then hear the findings and recommendations from the recent report on the Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Together, we will discuss challenges, strategies, and successes in fostering inclusion and equity in BME innovation.

Moderator: Amy Lerner (University of Rochester)
Panelists: Michele Grimm (National Science Foundation), Gilda Barabino (NASEM, CUNY, and past president of BMES)

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Going Global: Keeping up with Biomedical Innovation Education Worldwide

BME innovation education programs are building momentum in universities and other institutions around the world. Hear from the invention education leaders in Africa, Asia, and Europe about how their programs work, their greatest challenges, and how they seek to address them. During the discussion, and during networking opportunities throughout the meeting, we will also explore opportunities for international cross-program collaborations.

Moderator: Maria Oden (Rice University)
Panelists: Jimmy Moore (Imperial College), Masakazu Yagi (Japan Bidoesign), and Theresa Mkandawire (University of Malawi Polytechnic)

2:00-3:30 Large group break-out sessions (choose one):

Translation for Student-Generated Start-Ups: What You Need to Know, What They Need to Know

From the research lab to the Capstone Design experience, there are many opportunities for translation of ideas into commercial products in the academic environment. However, for many students (and faculty), starting a company can be intimidating. Most startups fail and the path to success can depend on a few key decisions along the way. In this special breakout session, four entrepreneurs with different levels of experience – from struggling first time entrepreneur to seasoned successful serial entrepreneur – will share their personal stories and provide their perspective on “If I knew then what I know now…” Join us to learn more about key issues for successful translation for student generated startups.

Moderator: Eric Ledet (Rensselaer) and James Raines (Georgia Tech)
Panelists: Dev Mandavia, Erika Tyburski, Chris Lee, and Harold Solomon (student/faculty entrepreneurs and advisors)

The Next Big IDEA: Re-Imagining the Future of Design Competitions

Student-driven innovation has become a key part of many BME training programs at the graduate and undergraduate level. Over a decade ago, the BME-IDEA community articulated a shared set of needs for external targets to help focus emerging projects on innovation, create a competitive context to support the innovators and their ideas, and recognize and celebrate the programs that launched them. The resulting design competition has grown and supported many successful teams over its 12 year history. A variety of other competitions have emerged, as well, at both the regional and national levels. This session will be a “charrette” – to reflect on the current needs of our community and the students we serve, explore opportunities for encouraging and promoting innovation, and generate ideas to guide the evolution and development of these kinds of offerings.

Moderators: Phil Weilerstein (VentureWell) and Joe Tranquillo (Bucknell University)

3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-4:45 Small group break-out sessions (topics to be shared in advance of the meeting):

Design Smörgåsbord: Share in the Selections

Engage in round table discussions and choose from a top-ten “buffet” of design topics. We will have one 40-minute roundtable discussion, followed by report-outs from each group. Each table also will generate a discussion summary and action points to share with all conference attendees. Topics will be identified in advance and table leaders will be announced (stay tuned!)

Facilitators: TBD
Topic Discussions: TBD

4:45-5:15 Your Turn: Nifty Ideas Emerging from Today’s Discussion

The collective wisdom of the BME-IDEA community extends beyond the names in the program and the invited panelists. We’ll close the conference with a chance for a few attendees to share their perspectives on ideas that have bubbled up throughout the day. If you have a best practice or an answer to a challenge that emerged from a panel discussion, please consider presenting in the Nifty Ideas section. This will be a crowd-sourced session of brief talks similar to the “snapshots” of previous years.

At any point during the day, propose a Nifty Idea talk! If you have a perfect response to a panel question, if your lunch discussion has people around you asking for more details, or if you feel like a critical topic was missing from the agenda, this is the chance to help others learn from your experience. We’ll be using the Sli.do platform to collect ideas. When you have the inspiration for a Nifty Idea presentation, jump on to Sli.do to add your proposal. During the break at 4:00, we’ll open the list of ideas for audience voting. The three topics that receive the most interest from participants will have five minutes to present during the Nifty Ideas session at the close of the day, followed by three minutes of group discussion.Presentations should be informal (no slides). In the interest of time, they should stay focused on a single idea or best practice, rather than providing a general overview of your program or curriculum. Lobbying for your presentation is encouraged! At networking breaks, be sure to mention your Nifty Ideas to test the level of interest and encourage up-voting.

5:15-5:30 Wrap-Up

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