Why Apply?

Biodesign Innovation is a great way to learn about all aspects of innovation: generating inventions, managing innovative teams, working with clinicians and hospitals, emphatizing with patients, needs analysis and concept generation, design thinking and lean validation, prototyping and testing, business models and commercialisation pathways, regulation, funding for new ideas, innovation ecosystems, presenting and pitching new ideas. These lessons are useful in a wide variety of careers and settings.

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Course structure and requirements

Biodesign Innovation runs from February through November each year.

The course structure and requirements are described in the handbook: BMEN90030 for Engineering students and MGMT90231 for MBA students.

MBA students:

Part-time MBA students who have completed their core classes are eligible to enrol. The biodesign course counts as 3-4 “regular” MBA courses because it takes a significant investment of time and effort.  Please contact Student Services for administrative details or Michael Vitale (course coordinator in 2017) for curriculum-related details.

Engineering students:

Master of Engineering students enrolled in ME(Biomedical), ME(Biomedical with Business) and ME(Electrical) may apply if they meet the prerequisites.  The subject is 50 points and counts as an alternative to the Capstone Project. For Biomedical students, it also counts for BMEN90017. For Electrical students, two Approved Electives will also be needed to take this subject. If you have questions or would like to apply, please contact Professor David Grayden.

Tim and Cindy trying out a $10k thermal imager

Entry requirements:

Entry is competitive and requires applicants to complete an application and undergo an interview process.

From 2017, students who choose to enroll in Biodesign are required to sign an intellectual property (IP) agreement with the University of Melbourne. The intent is that the University will pool the intellectual property generated by within each project team and where appropriate, file for patent(s) or other projection. Student teams receive an experimental license to explore commercialising the technology, which can then be converted into a regular license. To discuss this issue further please contact your respective program coordinators.

Team PELT presents a pitch in class