Coulter College


August 14-17, 2014
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

Coral Gables, Florida

Travel & Lodging

In the past, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation offered Coulter College to its Early Career and Coulter Translational Research Award recipients. The program provided a multi-disciplinary exploration of topics to which those involved in translational research might not otherwise be exposed. Topics included patent law, regulatory strategy, reimbursement codes, working with technology transfer offices, follow-on funding sources, and more. The curriculum provided participants with the tools required to accelerate the translation of biomedical innovations to the market place to improve patient care. 

Coulter College is a training program focused on translation of biomedical innovations. Student design teams are guided by faculty and clinical experts through a highly dynamic process designed to help them better understand how innovations can meet clinical needs, while providing tools and approaches used to evolve identified problems into novel solutions. The program is supported by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

In a creative environment, participants will learn how to evaluate the best point of leverage within a given clinical need and understand how to evaluate possible solutions. By the end of the program, participants will understand how to balance providing clinical benefits alongside a viable commercial model. 

To view the 2013 BMES Coulter College lecture presentations and teams, please visit BMES Coulter College 2013

PRELIMINARY AGENDA (each day is mandatory)*
Day 1 - August 14, 2014: Course Instructions
6:30-9:00pm              Introductory Dinner and Course Instructions
Day 2 - August 15, 2014: Design
7:30am - 8:30am        Breakfast
8:30am - 12:30pm      Lectures and Team Activities
12:30pm                    Lunch
1:30pm - 5:30pm        Lectures and Team Activities
Day 3 - August 16, 2014: Commercialization 
7:30am - 8:30am        Breakfast
8:30am - 12:30pm      Lectures and Team Activities
12:30pm                    Lunch
1:30pm - 5:30pm        Lectures and Team Activities

Day 4 - August 17, 2014: VC Pitches and Awards
8:30pm - 1:00pm        Student Venture Capital (VC) Pitches and Awards

*Times are estimated and subject to change.

Each team APPLICATION must be submitted by a BME student design faculty member currently affiliated with a university who teaches or previously taught senior design, preferably a faculty member with industry experience who is qualified to lead a team of students. All applications will be reviewed but only a limited number of university teams will be selected to participate. Special consideration will be given to teams composed entirely of BMES members. The program teams will be led by qualified university BME faculty with guidance from clinical experts in the field. Applications submitted by students will not be accepted. To see the FULL APPLICATION listing all the required fields to prepare for submitting your application online CLICK HERE.

 Faculty and student participants must be able to commit to three days (two partial days and two full days) of an intensive program integrating lectures, team projects and presentations. Clinical collaborators will not be required to attend in person but will need to be available to students by phone or email.

Teams must include:
1) One Senior Design Faculty Member (the applicant): The faculty must have experience teaching senior design and must commit to lead a team of students at BMES Coulter College.
2) One Clinical Collaborator: The faculty applicant must recruit and name one clincial collaborator (preferably a clinician but a RN, PhD or Clinical Laboratory PhD are acceptable depending on the unmet need) to help the team prepare for BMES Coulter College and to be available to students during the event. The team clinical collaborator must be available by phone or email during the program to consult students or may attend BMES Coulter College in person; and
3) Six BME Students must be from the same university as the faculty member applying: Each team must include only undergraduate students. Please do not include students who previously participated in Coulter College. The undergraduate students must be students who will be seniors at the start of the next academic year (Fall 2014).

Applicants invited to participate will be eligible to receive:
  • Faculty Stipend: After attending BMES Coulter College and completing a brief evaluation following the program, senior design faculty will receive a $1,000 stipend for travel expenses.
  • Clinical Collaborator Stipend: After working with faculty to prepare the teams unmet clinical needs for BMES Coulter College, providing consultation in person or via phone or email to students during BMES Coulter College, and completing a brief evaluation following the program, clinical collaborators will receive a $1,000 stipend.
  • Student Stipend: After attending BMES Coulter College and completing a brief evaluation following the program, students will receive a $450 stipend for travel expenses.
All stipends will be distributed after Coulter College. Participants lodging and meals during the program will be covered by the Coulter Foundation. 

Does the university team have to be an actual team that would work together during the academic year?
No, the team is just for BMES Coulter College activities and does not need to function as a team before or after. Faculty may choose students who are enrolled in senior design but they are not required to function as a team during the academic year.

Can students who participated in the past attend again?
No, any student who has previously participated in the Coulter College program may not participate again. 

What is expected of the clinical collaborator team member? Are clinicical collaborators supposed to be providing the team ideas related to clinical need or will they be serving as a sounding board?
The faculty applicant must recruit and name a clinical collaborator to help the team prepare for BMES Coulter College. The team clinical collaborators are encouraged but not required to attend BMES Coulter College; however, each team clinical collaborator must be available by phone or email during the program to consult students and answer questions. The faculty and clinical collaborator are expected to work as a team, and the clinician will serve as the sounding board, the innovator or a mix of both. In the end, the clinical collaborator will need to “sign off” on the ideas and be willing to support their development.  
Will the project topic be related to the clinical collaborator's specialty or is it very broad?
The faculty and clinical collaborator are to work as a team, and the clinical collaborator can serve as either the sounding board or the innovator. In the end, the clinical collaborator will need to “sign off” on the ideas and be willing to support their development; therefore, they need to be an expert in that area (e.g., orthopaedics, vascular, wound healing, etc.). The faculty can be someone who has a more general knowledge in design, but does not need to have expertise related to that specific area of clinical medicine.
Is there any information on the types of questions the clinical collaborator will need to address?
The clinical collaborator must be able to serve as an authority on unmet clinical needs and relevance of innovative concepts related to the possible design of the product and its function. They must be able to describe unmet problems or at least give the faculty/students the opportunity to observe and/or interview them to discover such problems. While a clinical need does not have to be well defined prior to BMES Coulter College, the faculty/clinical collaborator team will be asked to identify at least three unmet problems in that clinical specialty to bring with them to BMES Coulter College.
A list of questions and tactics for faculty/students to ask clinical collaborators to spark discovery of such problems will be provided in advance, but generally speaking, clinical collaborators will be asked to answer questions that relate to problems they deal with in their practice of medicine.
Will the clinical collaborator only support their specific university team or will they be a resource for others/everyone?
The idea is that the clinical collaborator will be “on call” for the designated times of Coulter College, and that as such, he/she will be a resource for any team that needs expertise in that area. The clinical collaborators are not being asked to assist in designing anything, just to be able to answer questions that help teams narrow down their focus and problem scope.

Hotel sleeping rooms will be reserved for partipants after the teams are selected at:
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
50 Alhambra Plaza
Coral Gables, Florida 33134

For more information or for questions, please contact BMES Education Director, Michele Ciapa at
Wallace H. Coulter

Wallace H. Coulter, the bene-factor of the Coulter Found-ation, invented the Coulter Principle, an electronic method of counting and classifying microscopic particles suspended in fluid. This principle was incorporated by Mr. Coulter in an apparatus to count and classify blood cells, a process previously done manually. This apparatus, which came to be known as the “Coulter Counter” revolutionized the practice of clinical laboratory medicine.  The CBC, the complete blood cell count, to this date is the most widely performed clinical diagnostic test. In fact, the Coulter Principle touches everyone’s life in some manner from having a blood test, to painting your house, from drinking beer or a glass of wine, eating a bar of chocolate, swallowing a pill or applying cosmetics. The use of the Coulter Principle modernized industry by establishing a method for quality control and standardization for the particles used in each of these products.