Exoskeletons that help to walk, helmets that measure brain signals, pencils that diagnose diseases… Nowadays health sector is led by innovative medical technologies, and behind them, there is a lot of design. Did you know that this sector is a great niche of opportunities for product engineers and designers? Would you like to experience firsthand how the cycle of innovation in the health sector works?
Come to this Workshop and dive into the world of biodesign!
Participants will experience a cycle of innovation in healthcare through the methodology the biodesign created by the University of Stanford.
In small groups led by a mentor, you will identify unsatisfied clinical needs and design a solution – from conceptualization to prototyping – and you will develop the business model to market it.
What is the Biodesign?
In Europe, there are currently 27,000 medical technology companies, which employ over 675,000 people according to Medtech Europe. Working in this sector is a great job opportunity but also a challenge for engineers and designers, because the products must have a real functional value that directly affects the patients.
To take on that challenge, the University of Stanford developed Biodesign in 2001, a methodology in which students take part in the daily life of hospitals in order to figure out their unmet clinical needs. This become the base for the design of new products and services.
Since 2013 Barcelona hosts one of only four biodesign programs taught in Europe: Design Health Barcelona (d·Barcelona HEALTH), a postgraduate degree promoted by Biocat and aimed at graduates in design, engineering, business or science. 95% of former students find employment in the health sector and 30% found their own startup. Design Health Barcelona students go through a full cycle of innovation: for 8 full weeks they experience a clinical immersion at Barcelona’s top hospitals like Sant Joan de Déu, Hospital Clínic, Vall D’hebron, Guttmann or Germans Trias, working with doctors and patients, as well as figuring out unmet needs which can serve as a base for new products and services. Afterwards the students design and prototype a solution and create the business model, while training on topics such as design thinking.
Thanks to the Barcelona Design Week, Design Health Barcelona gives you a flavor of biodesign in this workshop. Come innovate with us!