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Become a Mentor

Are you a clinician with an idea for a new product? The Utah bioDesign program might be a great way to get your project off the ground without the extensive time commitment often required. The goal of this program is to partner undergraduate student design teams with clinician motivated projects. This partnership between clinicians and student teams fosters a rich environment for innovation and problem based learning. The concept is straightforward:

  • You provide us with a brief description of your idea, which can usually be done by phone or in person.
  • We disclose your idea to the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) and you are listed as the sole inventor(s).
  • The students select from a number of new ideas at the beginning of the course in January. If your project is selected, a 3-4 person student team is commissioned to develop your idea for two semesters.
  • The students assemble a design history file that contains information on background, marketing, technology and design.
  • Prototypes are developed and tested.
  • At the end of the two semesters, the documentation is given to TCO where it is appended to the original disclosure and used to support a potential patent application.
  • Your commitment is typically no more than a couple hours a month to meet with students to provide information and feedback.

A clinician such as yourself can offer our students insight into engineering challenges that are faced in the clinical environment. The real world relevancy you provide facilitates our ability to train students in a setting that is unique and meaningful. In addition, your ideas will be translated into design prototypes developed with FDA mandated processes and documentation. The active collaboration between clinicians and students creates a high value relationship that maximizes students' learning experiences while exposing them to best practices. Thanks again for your interest in Utah bioDesign.

For further information on how to get involved please contact Bob Hitchcock.