From Problem to Product in One Year

TMC Biodesign is a one-year innovation fellowship program that unites the talents of innovators with diverse backgrounds to quickly bring breakthrough products to market.

About Biodesign

Fellows from engineering, medicine, business, design, computer science and research backgrounds work together in interdisciplinary teams to observe and identify unmet needs and collaboratively create products to solve them.

Teams are mentored by leading experts from across the Texas Medical Center, with additional support from a network of TMC clinicians, experienced entrepreneurs and industry professionals. From the start, team members are immersed in the clinical experience, uncovering, analyzing and prioritizing needs before exploring and implementing potential solutions.

In addition, fellows develop clinical, regulatory and business strategies to minimize the hurdles of commercialization and more readily transform visionary solutions into viable businesses.

Biodesign Tracks

The TMC Biodesign program involves two tracks per year: medical devices and digital health. Each track is paired with a highly tailored curriculum and mentorship to support teams as they develop solutions.

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Biodesign Tracks

image The TMC Biodesign program involves two tracks per year: medical devices and digital health. Each track is paired with a highly tailored curriculum and mentorship to support teams as they develop solutions.
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How the Program Works

TMC Biodesign fellows are mentored through a three-stage development process that encompasses product and business life cycles. With full immersion in the clinical experience, fellows gain the fundamentals necessary to transform ideas into products and products into businesses.

How the Program Works

image TMC Biodesign fellows are mentored through a three-stage development process that encompasses product and business life cycles. With full immersion in the clinical experience, fellows gain the fundamentals necessary to transform ideas into products and products into businesses.

What we offer

Largest medical center in the world: Access to resources and mentorship at the Texas Medical Center. The Texas Medical Center includes prestigious institutions, such as: MD Anderson, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s, Methodist, CHI St. Luke’s, UT Health, and Harris Health.

The Biodesign process: Curriculum and guidance based on a proven innovation approach, which consists of three stages: identify, invent, implement. We also put our spin on the process to best leverage our resources and most optimially develop your startup.

Unique environment for entrepreneurs: Fellows will be creating their solutions in TMCx, a startup accelerator in the Texas Medical Center that provides a collaborative ecosystem and valuable mentorship community for some of the most promising health care startups. In addition, the TMC Innovation Institute houses Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s JLABS @ TMC incubator and AT&T Foundry for Connected Health, all resources Fellows will have access to.

Prototyping support: We provide resources and prototyping funding for each team to iterate and get your ideas off the ground. Prototyping facilities at both TMCx and at Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s JLABS incubator will be available.

Personal development: Fellows have opportunities to learn about and meet the people behind cutting edge technologies and trends at leading digital health and medical device conferences (expenses are paid for by the program).

A competitive stipend: TMC Biodesign fellows will receive a stipend in addition to health benefits.

Tracks

Digital Health

TMC’s digital health track takes a novel approach to biodesign by focusing exclusively on creating digital health solutions for health care’s greatest unmet needs. Fellows collaborate to design transformative mobile, web and cloud-based products, data analytics, remote monitoring, sensors and wearables, population health management, EMR solutions and telemedicine.

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Kareem Barghouti

Digital Health Fellow

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Joowon Kim

Digital Health Fellow

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Peter McCaffrey, M.D.

Digital Health Fellow

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Daniel Wu

Digital Health Fellow

Medical Device

The medical device track applies proven biodesign principles to developing novel medical devices with the goal of revolutionizing medicine. The team will shadow experts in a variety of clinical focus areas to gather inspiration for inventing minimally-invasive devices or implants, point-of-care diagnostics, clinical or surgical tools, and other original medical device solutions to impact how care is delivered.

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Kovi Bessoff, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Device Fellow

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Benjamin Legum

Medical Device Fellow

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Matthew Nojoomi

Medical Device Fellow

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Shadi Shariatnia

Medical Device Fellow

Biodesign Alumni Spotlight

Alleviant Medical spun out of the most recent TMC Biodesign program. As Biodesign Medical Device Fellows, the team developed a transcatheter technology to provide left atrial decompression and symptomatic relief for congestive heart failure.

After graduating in August 2017, the team will join the TMCx medical device accelerator. Alleviant has also participated in multiple accelerator programs, as well as been the recipient of several business plan competition awards.

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Biodesign Alumni Spotlight

image Alleviant Medical spun out of the most recent TMC Biodesign program. As Biodesign Medical Device Fellows, the team developed a transcatheter technology to provide left atrial decompression and symptomatic relief for congestive heart failure.

After graduating in August 2017, the team will join the TMCx medical device accelerator. Alleviant has also participated in multiple accelerator programs, as well as been the recipient of several business plan competition awards.

Ready to reimagine the health care industry?

If you have entrepreneurial, clinical, engineering, design or coding skill sets, then we encourage you to apply. Interviews are granted on a rolling basis so it is to your advantage to apply as early as possible.

TMC Biodesign Hackathon — All candidates passing the second round will be moved into the final round, where they will participate in a weekend-long hackathon at TMCx in the spring.

Any questions about the TMC Biodesign program can be sent to tmcbiodesign@tmc.edu.