Coulter College


August 13-16, 2015
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 13, 2015: Course Instructions
6:30-9:00pm              Introductory Dinner and Course Instructions
Day 2 - August 14, 2015: 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 15, 2015: 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 16, 2015: 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 (CLOSED) 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. Applications are due April 8, 2015. 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 are encouraged to attend in person or be available to students by phone on the first full day of the program.

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 (encouraged, not required): The faculty applicant is encouraged to recruit and name one clinical collaborator (preferably a clinician but a RN, PhD or Clinical Laboratory PhD are acceptable) to help the team prepare for BMES Coulter College and to be available to students during the event. Each team is encouraged to include a clinical collaborator who has been or could be a collaborator for your future design efforts. We request the clinical collaborator be available to work with teams in advance of the program. The clinical collaborator is encouraged to attend BMES Coulter College, but not required. If they can't attend, availability by phone on the first day (August 14, 2015) is encouraged; and
3) Six BME Students must be from the same university as the faculty member applying: Each team must include only BME undergraduate students. Please do not include students who previously participated in BMES Coulter College. The undergraduate students must be students who will be seniors at the start of the next academic year (Fall 2015).

Following the application, if selected to participate, faculty will be asked to collaborate with their students to submit pre-assignments in preparation for the course. 

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 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 $595 stipend for travel expenses.
All stipends will be distributed after BMES 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 BMES Coulter College program may not participate again. Senior design faculty who participated before may participate again but must bring a different group of students.

What is expected of the clinical collaborator team member? Are clinical collaborators supposed to be providing the team ideas related to clinical need or will they be serving as a sounding board?
The faculty applicant is encouraged to 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.  

How will projects be determined?
Accepted teams will be given a list of unmet clinical needs. They will be required to research and rank their top choices. After submitting their selections, the team will be notified of the unmet clinical need they will address and given a pre-Coulter College assignment to prepare for the onsite course.
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 and possibly the innovator if their specialty matches the assigned project. If the clinical collaborator does not have expertise in the project area, their role will be to help make introductions to the appropriate clinical contacts in order for the students to adequately research their unmet need before attending BMES Coulter College. 

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 BMES 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.

Is travel supported by the BMES Coulter College program or is it the responsibility of the team?
Accepted participants will receive a stipend after completing the program to help defray travel costs for flight and ground transportation. Participants will be responsible for booking their own airfare. Hotel reservations will be made for all participants and sleeping room cost will be covered. Meals will be covered during the program and provided onsite. Participants will need to make their own travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel but a free shuttle will take participants from the hotel back to the airport on the last day of the program.

Hotel sleeping rooms will be reserved for participants 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 Michele Ciapa at or Betse Lyons at or call 301-459-1999.
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.