The Biodesign Immersion Experience (BIE) was an NIH-sponsored summer internship program focusing on the first two stages of the biodesign process: needs finding and needs screening. UC Berkeley’s BIE sunset in 2021 and today serves as a useful resource for bioengineers around the world.
What do BIE participants do?
In summer 2020 and 2021, BIE was offered as a fully remote experience. BIE interns met 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 gained in-depth engineering design experience, project management experience, leadership and teamwork experience. Using the Biodesign process, interns identified clinical gaps where bioengineers can make a difference!
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: