Biodesign: Creating Solutions from Medical Problems

5:30pm — 7:00pm
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Harvard Innovation Labs
Biodesign: Creating Solutions from Medical Problems
Come and learn more about the Biodesign process.

Innovate at the intersection of biology, technology, and design in this hands-on Biodesign workshop. Leveraging a proven methodology developed at Stanford University, you’ll learn the process of identifying unmet clinical needs and designing solutions inspired by nature. Go through the Biodesign process step-by-step, from need finding to concept generation to prototype development. Hear how collaboration and creativity can lead to groundbreaking innovations that improve healthcare. Gain insights into user-centered design thinking, biomimicry principles, medical device regulations, and business model development. Whether you want to tackle challenges in diagnostics, therapeutics, medical devices, or digital health, this workshop will equip you with a systematic approach. Bring your ideas and curiosity and leave ready to start solving real-world problems through biologically-inspired design.


Jorge Cortell is the senior advisor for health care and life sciences at the Harvard Innovation Labs. A serial entrepreneur, Jorge has founded six bootstrapped and profitable startups (five exits and one shutdown, including a paper unicorn) in three countries and across five industries. His pioneering innovations in health care technology – used by hospitals in 15 countries to diagnose and treat millions of patients – span the areas of AI, precision medicine, clinical genomics, medical imaging, digital pathology, and augmented reality. During his time as Venture Partner at NLC, the largest health tech venture studio in Europe, Jorge also co-built seven startups. As an educator, Jorge has delivered keynote talks at events like HIMSS and RSNA, given guest lectures at institutions like Oxford, Harvard, MIT, and Stanford, and taught innovation at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the Open University of Catalonia. He was also an Innovation Fellow at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Technology and Entrepreneurship Center. Jorge is also a former professional basketball player and member of the European Commission Expert Group on Venture Philanthropy and Social Investments. A first-generation college graduate from the University of Oxford (computer science), MIT (Entrepreneurship Development Program), and the University of Valencia (postgraduate in medical genetics), Jorge has received innovation and academic awards from NASA, California Governor, HIMSS, IBM, Digital Pathology Association, Frost & Sullivan, and the Wall Street Journal.


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