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Unit Overview


Based on the Biodesign methodology of innovating medical technologies, this unit provides students with the opportunity to identify and research real clinical unmet needs, brainstorm a medical technology solution, and learn the medical device development process.

Students will work together in a group, over 7 full day workshops, to develop a medical technology project.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) identify an unmet clinical need appropriate for project development; (2) develop basic market and stakeholder analysis for a clinical unmet need; (3) generate solutions based on the design thinking methodology; (4) identify suitable intellectual property protection

; (5) identify regulatory pathways; (6) identify reimbursement pathways; and (7) create a development pathway towards translation of a medical technology.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group written assignment; (2) class participation; and (3) oral presentations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Ms Intan Oldakowska
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
Well suited, but not restricted to, participants with an academic background in: biological sciences, physics, engineering, medical science, medicine
or business/commerce.
Contact hours
45 hours, 7 full days of intensive tuition spread over roughly six weeks. Study and assessment: Approximately 45 hours of pre-reading material prior to the intensive weeks, and approximately 60 hours to study and prepare assessments during and post intensive tuition.

Biodesign: The process of Innovating Medical Technologies (2nd Edition). 

Paul G. Yock, Stefanos Zenios, Josh Makower, Todd J. Brinton, Uday N. Kumar, F. T. Jay Watkins, Lyn Denend, Thomas M. Krummel, Christine Q. Kurihara

Cambridge University Press, 2 Feb 2015 

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