UVM is home to the next generation of biomedical engineering talent.

UVM’s Center for Biomedical Innovation (CBI) aspires to be an internationally recognized hub for design, development, and testing of biomedical devices and systems with a focus on rural healthcare. The center will also support and train inventors, entrepreneurs and business leaders who will bring advanced biomedical technologies to the people of Vermont and the world.

The CBI brings together students, faculty, and industry through shared programming and an interactive space for applied research, technology development, and education that offer the following:

  1. A home for biomedical companies, researchers, and students to develop new healthcare products and services, with particular focus on devices and systems that improve health and wellness in rural communities.
  2. Studio space for team brainstorming and collaboration, and customer focus groups; a prototyping shop and testing laboratory; offices for visiting collaborators from industry; and presentation rooms for showcasing new designs and venture ideas.
  3. A virtual amphitheater where participating on-campus clinicians and researchers in the UVM Medical Center, the Larner College of Medicine, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Grossman School of Business, as well as off-site industry collaborators and clients can observe the beta testing of new devices and technologies.
  4. A home for the new vertically-integrated biomedical engineering design sequence, which is a cornerstone of the bachelor of science degree in Biomedical Engineering.

The Bio-design Process

CBI encompasses all aspects of the bio-design process – from customer discovery, problem identification and concept ideation to prototyping and new product/business development. The CBI is housed in the recently completed Discovery Hall on the UVM campus. The physical space fosters collaborations by bringing together students, clinicians, and industry partners across technology, healthcare and business disciplines, including those who collaborate virtually, to identify unmet needs and develop new ideas through face-to-face interactions.

Prototyping

Prototyping will occur in a specialized fabrication space complementing the existing CEMS fab lab and machine shop. A mock exam room outfitted with standard clinical equipment will enable the entire bio-design process by providing clinicians a space to demonstrate an unmet need, students a place to envision prototypes, and collaborative groups a location to test real-life scenarios that simulate accessibility, mobility, and communication challenges for specific populations. Office spaces will provide visiting industry experts an on-site location for working and meeting with students and clinicians as they turn their ideas into successful products and business ventures.

Investing in relationships → Innovation

Through the bio-design paradigm, the CBI integrates product development, business creation and student education in partnership with external collaborators. Workshops, Big Problem hackathons, and design charrettes with companies occur every semester, with a focus on choosing projects to move forward either as design challenges in the formal biomedical engineering curriculum or as independent activities in the Center.
Corporate partners will have the opportunity to invest in design projects, sponsored research, and product development in a creative ecosystem populated by our students and faculty. 

The CBI is supported by a robust academic, research, and innovation ecosystem spanning four colleges:

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

The B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (BME) trains engineers to work at the intersection of engineering, the biomedical sciences and health care practice. The curriculum establishes core competencies in quantitative engineering methods and biomedical sciences while providing students the freedom to take courses from across the university and apply their knowledge in an innovative four-year design sequence. In this way, UVM BME students have deep knowledge in areas germane to their professional interests and the experience applying that knowledge to design innovative engineering solutions using industry-standard design practices.

The Grossman School of Business

The Grossman School of Business (GSB) offers courses that support the core mission of the CBI, including technology commercialization courses in which teams write commercialization plans for real technologies developed by UVM faculty; courses in social responsibility and business ethics that consider ethical public policy challenges; and marketing courses in product management, new product development, and technology development. The sustainable innovation MBA program provides three-month practicum projects to develop commercial feasibility and business plans for new businesses. GSB students can engage in CBI through internships or work study projects to apply business expertise to research and products in CBI. GSB faculty work with the NIH-funded ITREP Program, which integrates the Larner College of Medicine and the UVM Office of Technology Commercialization to offer biomedical entrepreneurship resources.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences supports the development of emerging technologies focused on health behaviors. Courses in behavioral attitudes and health will focus on new technology that enables remote teaching and monitoring of physical activity and fitness compliance in rural areas. CNHS faculty can facilitate the development of new devices used in physical therapy and rehabilitation in partnership with the CBI. The center will benefit from research internships connected to the College’s interprofessional health sciences PhD program with rotations in engineering, medicine and business.

The Larner College of Medicine

The Larner College of Medicine supports the CBI through clinical trainees spanning the range of medical disciplines as well as graduate programs in Biomedical Engineering, Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Sciences and Clinical and Translational Sciences. The College provides strong supporting biomedical research courses, including microscopy, the integrative genomics resources, bio informatics, biostatistics, flow cytometry, and MRI bio medical imaging. The College’s Center for Health Services Research supports CBI through real world quantitative health insights.

 

The University of Vermont's Center for Biomedical Innovation is committed to fostering entrepreneurial resilience and solving pressing problems impacting human health.

Contact:  Mike Rosen