Training Tomorrows Entrepreneurs Today
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The MU Biodesign and Innovation Program (MUBIP) is focused on improving health care through invention and implementation of new medical technologies. The focus of the program is formal educational training of three fellows with a focus on biodesign and innovation. Additionally, the program is dedicated to the development and facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty and students to increase innovation at the University of Missouri. With the financial support of the Department of Surgery, the School of Engineering and the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) the MUBIP is in its 3rd successful year. The program brings the brightest young minds with an M.D. degree, an engineer with a masters or PhD, and a business professional with an MBA together as a design team. The fellowship year structure is divided into three phases. Phase 1 is clinical immersion; Phase 2 engineering design and development, finishing with Phase 3, business practices. Each phase is approximately 4 months with overlap throughout the year. In addition to observation and hands on training in each phase the fellows attend lectures related to the biodesign process. Lectures are presented by faculty and staff from the Department of Surgery, College of Engineering, entrepreneurs, angel fund investors, venture capitalists, industry leaders, founders from startup companies, and other successful biodesign related individuals from the community and nationwide.