Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 6, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 6, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 29
BME Design Teams Receive Industry Support for Prototypes

By Audrey Huang
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Metal detectors for removing surgical screws, intensive care walkers and radiological markers for locating tumors... what will they think of next?

"They" are undergraduate and master's student design teams in the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering that each year team up with School of Medicine faculty to create new medical devices.

Now, Johns Hopkins' Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design, an arm of the Biomedical Engineering Department that guides the student teams, has received $250,000 from the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Office of Science and Technology to build better prototypes and speed the translation of good designs into clinical solutions.

"This Technology Accelerator Fund provides much-needed resources for our student design teams to build top-quality prototypes," said Elliot McVeigh, professor and Bessie Darling Massey Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins. "And the whole process of pitching ideas to compete for this funding provides an extraordinary training experience."

The Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design, or CBID, will match the funds provided by Johnson & Johnson and plans to award funds to student teams in two categories, starting in the fall 2009 semester. Prototype development funds of $1,000 to $10,000 will be awarded for conceptual or early-stage projects, and incubator funds of $50,000 to $100,000 will be awarded to continue select projects deemed by a committee of faculty members and industry representatives to be potentially highly successful.

Nick Jones, the Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins, said, "The CBID program gives our engineering students direct interaction with superb clinical faculty. These students have the opportunity to take on significant design problems that address real needs in medicine."

More information on Bioengineering Innovation and Design programs can be obtained by contacting Marybeth Camerer, academic program manager at CBID, at 410-516-0786 or


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