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BioInnovation Design Course offered to MBA Students


The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron and The University of Akron presents a course in BioInnovation Design

Who: Graduate or postdoctoral students from the Schools of Science, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Business

What: The 2011 BioInnovation Design course offers a unique approach in which students learn to identify needs from the perspectives of the patient, physician and payer and are taught to develop problem statements, which become the basis for commercial assessment and innovative product or process solutions.

The course exposes students to a methodology of technology innovation and development through a combination of:

- Interdisciplinary teams – each team will be comprised of graduate students in sciences and engineering, nursing, medical students, and MBA candidates

- Shadowing – teams will shadow physicians and medical practitioners in the areas of orthopedics, wound healing and biomaterials

- Problem statements – teams will develop problem statements based on observed clinical needs and interactive discussions with faculty

- Commercial assessments – teams assess the commercial potential of their solution

- Intellectual property assessments – teams will evaluate existing technologies and the novelty of their solution

When: Fall 2011

Where: The University of Akron College of Business Administration

Contact: Dr. Susan C. Hanlon at or (330) 972-8094