The Biodesign Immersion Experience (BIE) is an NIH-sponsored 8-week summer program that focuses on the first two stages of the biodesign process: needs finding and needs screening. Selected students visit clinics and companies around the bay area in order to identify clinical gaps where bioengineers can make a difference!
What do BIE participants do?
Before each clinic visit, students complete background research on the diseases being discussed, including (1) disease prevalence, pathophysiology, disease mechanisms, etc., (2) current treatment options and standard of care, (3) stakeholders involved in a solution, and (4) what the existing market looks like.
During each company and clinic visit, students observe procedures, take facility tours, and interview physicians, device manufacturers, product developers, regulatory officers, medical personnel, etc. in order to ascertain unmet medical needs.
Following each clinic visit, BIE participants gather to discuss observations and findings. Students document between 30-50 unmet medical needs per visit! These needs are compiled into databases – check them out below: