2013 BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING
September 23, 2013 - September 25, 2013
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 being held for the second year in conjunction with the 2013 BMES Annual Meeting in Seattle. Coulter College is supported through a grant funded by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. The program will focus on evolving innovations from the lab into viable medical products. Student teams will be 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 good ideas into great innovations.
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.
PRELIMINARY AGENDA (each day is mandatory)
Monday, September 23, 2013: Course Instructions
6:30-9:00pm Introductory Dinner and Course Instructions
Tuesday, September 24, 2013: Design
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am - 12:30pm Lectures and Team Activities
1:30pm - 5:30pm Lectures and Team Activities
Wednesday, September 25, 2013: Commercialization and VC Pitches
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am - 12:30pm Lectures and Team Activities
1:30pm - 4:00pm Lectures and Team Activities
4:00pm - 6:30pm Student Venture Capital (VC) Pitches
HOW TO APPLY
Faculty and student team members listed on the application must be able to commit to a two and a half day intensive workshop integrating lectures, team projects and presentations. Clinicians will not attend the program in person but will need to be available to students by phone or email.
Applicants will be notified no later than July 29, 2013.
Applicants invited to participate will be eligible to receive:
- Faculty Stipend: After attending Coulter College, completing a brief evaluation following the program and submitting a W-9 form (provided by BMES), senior design faculty will receive a $1,000 stipend to be used for travel and lodging.
- Clinician Stipend: After working with faculty to prepare the teams unmet clinical needs for Coulter College, providing consultation via phone or email to students during the first day of Coulter College, and submitting a W-9 form (provided by BMES), clinicians will receive a $1,000 stipend.
- Student Stipend: After attending Coulter College, completing a brief evaluation following the program and submitting a W-9 form (provided by BMES), students will receive a $750 stipend to be used for travel and lodging.
- Student Reduced Meeting Rate: Students invited to attend Coulter College will be eligible for a reduced registration rate ($100 for BMES student members and $150 for student non-members) to attend the BMES 2013 Annual Meeting.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does the university team have to be an actual team that would work together during the academic year?
No, the team is just for 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.
What is expected of the clinical team member? Are clinicians supposed to be providing the team ideas related to clinical need or will they be serving as a sounding board?
As specified on the application, the faculty applicant must recruit and name a clinician to work with who will help the team prepare for Coulter College. The team clinician will not attend Coulter College but must be available by phone or email during the first day of the program (September 24 between 12pm and 3pm ET) to consult students and answer questions. The faculty and clinician 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 clinician will need to “sign off” on the ideas and be willing to support their development.
Will the project topic be related to the clinician's specialty or is it very broad?
Again, the faculty and clinician are to work as a team, and the clinician can serve as either the sounding board or the innovator. In the end, the clinician 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 clinician will need to address?
The clinician 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 Coulter College, the faculty/clinician team will be asked to identify at least three unmet problems in that clinical specialty to bring with them to Coulter College.
A list of questions and tactics for faculty/students to ask clinicians to spark discovery of such problems will be provided in advance, but generally speaking, clinicians will be asked to answer questions that relate to problems they deal with in their practice of medicine.
Will the clinician only support their specific university team or will they be a resource for others/everyone?
The idea is that the clinician will be “on call” for the designated times of Coulter College, and that as such, he/she would be a resource for any team that needs expertise in that area. The clinicians 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.
TRAVEL AND LODGING
Rooms are available at a discounted rate for Coulter College participants at the Hilton Seattle. After your team has been selected, please book your room as soon as possible because space is limited and based on availability.
Connected to the concourse, which is an underground walkway, to the Convention Center
1301 Sixth Avenue
Rooms must be reserved by September 1, 2013 to guarantee the discounted rate.
To reserve online: click here
*Please mention the BMES Annual Meeting to receive the special discounted rate.
COULTER COLLEGE ORGANIZERS
Biomedical Engineering Society
Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
John D. DesJardins, PhD, Assistant Professor & Director of Bioengineering Senior Design Programs for the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University
Andrew J. DiMeo, Sr., PhD, Assistant Professor of the Practice & Director of Industrial Relations at the UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
COULTER COLLEGE INSTRUCTORS
John D. DesJardins, PhD
Assistant Professor & Director of Bioengineering Senior Design Programs for the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University
Andrew J. DiMeo, Sr., PhD
Assistant Professor of the Practice & Director of Industrial Relations at the UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
For more information or for questions about the application, please contact BMES Education Director Michele Surricchio at Michele@bmes.org
Wallace H. Coulter, the benefactor of the Coulter Foundation, 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.