Our laboratory research efforts are motivated by the need for new medical device technologies and designs. We work in the fields of imaging and biosensors. Our projects almost always come from an unmet clinical need and are managed using a “design control” perspective. We work closely with clinicians and other researchers to bring a diverse set of technical and thinking skills to our projects. The lab has been involved with launching several new medical products through startup companies and we know what it takes to move technology from the lab to the clinic.
Utah BioDesign enables partnerships between clinicians at the Health Sciences Center and student undergraduate engineering teams. The clinicians supply the ideas, clinical relevancy and mentoring while the student teams develop requirements, build prototypes and conduct testing.
BioImmersion is a ten-week program offered to bioengineering and design undergraduate students each summer. Small teams of four to six combine students from the two fields of study and immersed in the clinical environment. The teams observe patient consultations, diagnostic procedures, treatment planning, and surgical procedures. The students work together to understand and solve problems they see in the clinic and develop unique solutions to the difficulties facing physicians and patients today.
The Bioengineering graduate BioInnovate track is a comprehensive biomedical device design training program that utilizes a multidisciplinary, hands-on teaching approach in classroom, clinical, laboratory, and industry settings. These programs move new ideas towards development and commercialization.