The Biodesign Immersion Experience (BIE) is an NIH-sponsored summer internship program that focuses on the first two stages of the biodesign process: needs finding and needs screening. After learning the biodesign process, BIE interns convene in-depth meetings with a wide-range of biomedical leaders (remote) to identify unmet needs in specific area of clinical practice.
Building on a successful summer 2020 experience, BIE in summer 2021 is expected to be offered as a fully remote experience. BIE interns meet remotely – in small groups — with industry and health leaders, as well as patients and other stakeholders, thus expanding both the intern’s professional network and understanding of various stakeholders’ points of view. BIE interns gain in-depth engineering design experience, project management experience, leadership and teamwork experience. Using the Biodesign process, interns identify clinical gaps where bioengineers can make a difference!
What do BIE participants do?
Following each interview, BIE interns synthesize their observations and learnings, then formulate top unmet biomedical needs which point the way to where innovation is needed. When not remote, interns curated & compiled hundreds of new unmet needs into databases for their own innovation or to share with the world – check them out below: