Biodesign: show, don´t tell

Biodesign is a hothouse for medical devices. Since the methodology was founded at Stanford University back in 2001, several companies that bear the fingerprints of Biodesign fellows have entered healthcare market.

One of the latest is San Francisco-based iRhythm Technologies. It traces its founding to the Biodesign class of 2006. This company, cerated by fellow Uday Kumar, has developed the ZIO patch, a wireless adhesive heart monitor patch to help diagnose irregular heartbeats, known as arrhythmias. It has already treated over 10000 patients.

Recently, a study from the Scripps Translational Science Institute, published in the American Journal of Medicine, has shown that iRhythm’s ZIO patch detects more arrhythmia events than a traditional Holter monitor and provides a better experience for patients.

Biodesign students, like our fellows, don´t accomplish success after listening to a bunch of lectures from talkers. The secret sauce of the program is the community: the venture capitalists, the clinicians, the entrepreneurs… who come in to offer their specific expertise to help the fellows navigate the risky path of commercialization of new medical devices.


Source: iRythm Technologies


Meet a special team

Today we want to introduce you a group of pioneers… a team of men and women who have decided to make a turning point in their professional careers and become entrepreneurs in healthcare.

They are Marc, Roger, Mattia, Susan, Arnau, Angel, Alfred, Lalis, Markus, Mateu, Inma and Marc. They have backgrounds in design, engineering, science and business and the next eight months they will work to acquire the skills to create a better healthcare system. They are Design Health Barcelona’s first class! Our fellows!

In the following video you can get a first idea of who they are. In the next weeks they will introduce themselves more in detail, will explain in first hand their experiences learning how to become an entrepreneur and talk about their passions and ambitions in life!

Welcome fellows… and see you all in September!!!

Last weeks have been very intense for Moebio team. After a rigorous application process, we have selected the 12 fellows who will start Design Health Barcelona this fall. The first class in the program’s history is composed by 12 promising young health transformers coming from the US, Germany, Italy and Spain and with backgrounds in design, engineering, economics and biosciences.

During the application period, open from April 16th to June 24th, more than 200 people showed interest in our training initiative to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and professional development in the biomedical field. We are very pleased because we received candidates with very high profiles, researchers with several papers published in high impact factor journals, senior officials of pharmaceutical companies, young engineers who have developed telemedicine projects in the Amazon, etc. The selected fellows, all together, have 105 scientific publications, 6 patents and 18 professional awards.

Now, once the work done, Moebio is taking a break over August, also from writing this blog. We will be back in September with new articles and videos about emerging technologies in healthcare, tips to be a successful entrepreneur in the medical field… and, above all, we will be back full of energy to start the first edition of Design Health Barcelona in September 16th!

The official opening event of d·HEALTH Barcelona will take place few days earlier, on Friday, September 13, at 9:30 am at the Mobile World Center in Barcelona. Dr. Josep Amat, professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, will explain to us about his experiences as an entrepreneur innovating from hospitals at the intersection of robotics and medicine.

But that will be in September. During August we will continue tweeting interesting things at @moebiobarcelona so check in there for ongoing updates. Otherwise, see you all in September.