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  • 106 b/w illus. 79 tables
  • Page extent: 806 pages
  • Size: 276 x 219 mm
  • Weight: 2.38 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521517423)

  • Also available in Adobe eBook
  • Published September 2009

Replaced by 9781107087354

$114.99 (X)

Recognize market opportunities, master the design process, and develop business acumen with this 'how-to' guide to medical technology innovation. A three-step, proven approach to the biodesign innovation process - identify, invent, implement - provides a practical formula for innovation. The experiences of hundreds of innovators and companies, in the form of case studies, quotes and practical advice, offer a realistic, action-orientated roadmap for successful biodesign innovation. Real-world examples, end-of-chapter projects, and Getting Started sections guide the reader through each of the key stages of the process and provide a template to create their own new medical devices. Addressing common medical, engineering, and business challenges to develop well-rounded expertise, this book is the complete package for any biodesign entrepreneur. The text is supported by valuable resources, including up-to-date industry changes: found at


Preface; Community; Biographies; Glossary; Part I. Identify; Section 1. Needs Finding: 1. Strategic focus; 2. Observation and problem identification; 3. Need statement development; Case study; Section 2. Needs Screening: 4. Disease state fundamentals; 5. Treatment options; 6. Stakeholder analysis; 7. Market analysis; 8. Needs filtering; Case study; Part II. Invent; Section 3. Concept Generation: 9. Ideation and brainstorming; 10. Concept screening; Case study; Section 4. Concept Selection: 11. Intellectual property basics; 12. Regulatory basics; 13. Reimbursement basics; 14. Business models; 15. Prototyping; 16. Final concept selection; Case study; Part III. Implement; Section 5. Development Strategy and Planning: 17. IP strategy; 18. R&D strategy; 19. Clinical strategy; 20. Regulatory strategy; 21. Quality and process management; 22. Reimbursement strategy; 23. Marketing and stakeholder strategy; 24. Sales and distribution strategy; 25. Competitive advantage and business strategy; Case study; Section 6. Integration: 26. Operating plan and financial model; 27. Business plan development; 28. Funding sources; 29. Licensing and alternate pathways; Case study; Index.


"Everything you ever wanted to know about medical device entrepreneurship and more. Paul, Josh and Stefanos have led an A class team of experienced device company builders to produce a reference document to guide an aspiring device entrepreneur through all the challenges of getting an idea to market. These are tough times. Whether you’re a physician with an idea, an engineer or a businessman, this is a unique and powerful resource."
John Abele, Founder Chairman, Boston Scientific

"This is a must read for device entrepeneurs. I only wish I had such a roadmap when I was starting out in my career. Biodesign: The Process of Innovating New Medical Technologies is a wonderful guide with lucent case studies that illustrate the critical steps necessary for the translation of ideas into commercial solutions. It is the Gray's Anatomy of device innovation."
William Hawkins, Chairman and CEO of Medtronic

"Biodesign: The Process of Innovating New Medical Technologies is direct, clear and simultaneously sophisticated yet practical as it unravels the many issues related to successfully navigating the entire biodesign path from concept to final product launch. I highly recommend that anyone seriously interested in developing an entrepreneurial venture in the medical products field read this book. It is likely to spare budding entrepreneurs a lot of trial-and-error and painful on-the-job training."
Dean Kamen, Inventor and Founder/President of DEKA Research and Development

"The Chapters are thoughtfully organized. With an excellent blending of scientific information, clinical problems, and examples of solutions, including case studies, the book has succeeded in accomplishing its goal of being very practical. The ending of each chapter with a 'getting started' section can greatly facilitate the reader to get started with the information on valuable resources. The mirroring of materials on a website with active links is another wonderful feature. This allows the readers to gain rapid access to the FDA website, etc. This book of Biodesign will be the standard in this very important field. It will be of great value in the education of undergraduate and graduate students in biomedical engineering and related fields, as well as for industrial scientists and university faculties who educate/train young bioengineers or want to pursue the process of innovating new medical technologies themselves."
Shu Chien, M.D., Ph.D. UCSD

"Biodesign is a handbook for medical device entrepreneurs based upon the key premise that innovation is a process and skill that can be learned. Furthermore, the key to medical device innovation is getting the clinical need in correct focus. This book will walk the student through the innovation process from how to properly define the clinical need all the way through getting the company funded and developing a quality product. Important topics like the FDA regulatory process, patents, ethics, quality and manufacturing are addressed. I don’t know of any other text that has the wealth of practical and usable information on the entrepreneurial process as Biodesign. This is a much needed ‘how-to’ book written by people who actually have done it many times themselves. No thirty-thousand foot views necessary or appropriate here. Each chapter has a ‘getting started’ section that will help guide the budding entrepreneur through the necessary steps. This book should be required reading for anyone wanting to develop a new medical device or to start a new company in the medical field."
William Brody, Former President, Johns Hopkins University

"Whether you're a physician with an idea, an engineer, or a businessman, this is a unique and powerful resource."
CHI Bulletin

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