Teaching Biomedical Technology Innovation as a Discipline

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Science Translational Medicine  20 Jul 2011:
Vol. 3, Issue 92, pp. 92cm18
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3002222


Recently, universities in the United States and abroad have developed dedicated educational programs in life science technology innovation. Here, we discuss the two major streams of educational theory and practice that have informed these programs: design thinking and entrepreneurship education. We make the case that the process of innovation for new medical technologies (medtech) is different from that for biopharmaceuticals and outline the challenges and opportunities associated with developing a discipline of medtech innovation.


  • Citation: P. G. Yock, T. J. Brinton, S. A. Zenios, Teaching Biomedical Technology Innovation as a Discipline. Sci. Transl. Med. 3, 92cm18 (2011).

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