Texas Biodesign

Texas Biodesign is inspired by the Stanford Biodesign’s process of front-end innovation development, in which interdisciplinary teams of researchers, engineers, business participants and clinicians work to understand how to use needs-driven innovation to solve medical and business problems.

Texas Biodesign is a collaboration between UT’s Texas Innovation Center and Texas Venture Labs, MD Anderson Cancer Center and NASA.

It is a seven-week intensive workshop designed to help faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and MBAs utilize the Biodesign process for assessing and innovating commercial opportunities.

Participants will work in cross-functional teams of four, including a seasoned MD Anderson clinician, and be mentored by Texas Biodesign coaches with significant entrepreneurial experience.

Workshop Details

Instructor: Rush Bartlett
Vice President of Innovation at Lansinoh Labs
Assistant Director of Corporate Innovation & Education at Stanford Breyer Center for Biodesign

Needs-Driven Innovation Workshop Sessions
The workshop will provide you with didactic instruction on the Biodesign innovation process. Although this process started as a medical technology development tool, it is extremely useful in all business areas and has been used in consumer-packaged goods, software development and many other areas to achieve success.

Each participant will complete an assessment of multiple needs, select a lead concept, and present a value proposition of the combined need and concept to help decide whether or not to take the project to the next stage. This process training will equip participants with skills to help them identify the difference between a good and a great opportunity.

Biodesign Coaches
Each team is paired with a Biodesign coach using the Stanford Biodesign methodology. The coaches will provide individual mentoring and will help you think carefully about what’s required to make progress in the evaluation of your need-and-lead concept. We encourage you to meet with your business coach at least 2-3 times during the workshop series.

Weekly Schedule
January 27 – March 10, 2021
Wednesdays, 4 – 5:30 PM

  • Week 1 – Introduction to Biodesign, form teams and develop Need Statement
  • Week 2 – Need Scoping and Validation
  • Week 3 – Needs Filtering by Value
  • Week 4 – Understanding Stakeholders and Need Specific Criteria
  • Week 5 – Define, distill and validate each team’s top need criteria through stakeholder interviews
  • Week 6 – Refine Need Statements, a primer on intellectual property and a primer of business models
  • Week 7 – Final Presentations

For more information, contact us at innovation@utexas.edu.

To apply or submit interest, fill out the Texas Biodesign Program form.

Texas Biodesign Cohort #1

Scott Alpard, MBA, MMSc
Administrator and Director, Innovation
Department of Breast Surgical Oncology
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dave Boruta, MD
Professor of Gynecologic Oncology
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Cristina M. Checka, MD
Department of Breast Surgical Oncology
MD Anderson Cancer Center

James Clarke, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Physics
The University of Texas at Austin

Fernando Cordova, MSTC Candidate
McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin

Diana E. Gutierrez Lopez, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Nutritional Science
The University of Texas at Austin

Brianna Flynn, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
The University of Texas at Austin

Deanna Glassman, MD
Gynecologic Oncology Fellow, PGY5
Department of Gynecologic Oncology & Reproductive Medicine
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Miles Massidda, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Andrew Repetski, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Aerospace Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Nicholas Schneider, MBA Candidate
McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin