BU Biomedical Engineering and the BU Clinical and Translational Science Institute have established a new collaborative program, the Biomedical Bridge BUilders Initiative. It is designed to accelerate the commercialization of clinician-inspired medical device innovations by partnering with graduate engineering biodesign and product development student teams.

Physicians, dental clinicians, and other members of the BU Medical Campus are required to submit a short (one page or less) description of a medical device clinical challenge. Bridge BUilders welcomes descriptions on both early product ideas and projects currently underway that could benefit from a team of graduate biomedical engineers trained in the biodesign product development process. The graduate students selected for each project work part-time under clinical guidance while they complete their Masters’s Graduate studies at the BU College of Engineering.

The Bridge BUilders Initiative is now exploring clinical challenges for the next cycle of collaboration.

If your idea is selected, you will be invited to serve as the Primary Clinical Advisor to the biomedical engineering team, meet with them on a regular basis, and serve as their sponsor for their Clinical Observership so that they can see the current Standard of Care first-hand.

Related IP resulting from inventions will be assigned to Boston University or BMC under current Patent Policies. We expect each initiative to generate at least one Invention Disclosure.

Please contact Erin Phair, BME Master’s Programs Administrator at ekp@bu.edu.