Session Title Timing Description Speakers
Poster Session and Networking Lunch 11:00-12:00 Join us for a light lunch with peers from innovation education programs across Asia. Each attending group will have a poster describing their program and representatives will be available to answer questions during this informal yet educational networking session.
Welcome, Introductions, and Goals 12:00-12:45 In this interactive opening session, we will discuss the goals for the BME-IDEA APAC consortium, as well as today’s event. Following introductory remarks, participants will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to the group. The session will close with an introduction to BME IDEA Europe, a sister community that started 6 years ago and is now evolving into a more structured organization. The BME IDEA Europe leadership team will share their vision for partnership across the two regions and for a global community. Facilitator:

Anurag Mairal, Director, Global Outreach Programs, Stanford Biodesign


Phil Weilerstein, President, VentureWell

Ursula Mühle, Director of Education, EIT Health

Jeroen Bergmann, Director, Oxford Biodesign

Daniel Mogefors, Program Manager, Oxford Healthtech Labs

Paul Anglim, Strategic Lead, BioInnovate Ireland

Keynote: The Rapidly Evolving Medtech Ecosystem in Japan 12:45-1:30 Learn about the Japanese medtech ecosystem, how it is evolving, and the important role that innovation education and start-up activity is playing in its growth. Mr. Oshita will discuss the founding of the Japan Biodesign program, the acquisition of Tokyo-based start-up Biomedical Solutions, and other important historical milestones – all of which have had a profound effect on innovation activity across the country. Hajime Oshita, President & CEO MedVenture Partners, Inc
BREAK 1:30-1:45
Japan Biodesign: Reflecting on the Past and Looking into the Future 1:45-2:30 Japan Biodesign was launched in 2015 by a partnership of Osaka University, The University of Tokyo and Tohoku University as a program-development partnership with Stanford Biodesign. Now about to start its fifth year, Japan Biodesign is entering a new phase of independence and expansion to other Japanese universities. In this working session, we will hear from JBD faculty about their success and challenges in starting and growing a Biodesign program in Asia. There will be an opportunity for attendees to engage with JBD leaders on best practices in medtech innovation training. Facilitator:

Fumi Ikeno, Advisory Director, Japan Biodesign


Yujiro Maeda, Co-Director, Japan Biodesign

Atsuhiro Nakagawa, Co-Director, Japan Biodesign

Masakazu Yagi, Program Director, Japan Biodesign

Sharing Best Practices in the APAC Region 2:30-3:45 Many innovation education programs in the APAC region are facing similar challenges and different programs have different strengths and weaknesses. Why not leverage our combined experience and discuss best practices for dealing with these challenges?! In this session, we’ll start with Biodesign Taiwan on “Selecting the best participants: How do you know they have what it takes?” University of Melbourne will present on “Teaching entrepreneurship and the ideal mindsets for the Biodesign process.” Lastly, the School of International Biodesign will discuss “Building a community of medtech innovators: Who and what do you need to make an inclusive and generous medtech innovation ecosystem?” Each challenge will last 20 minutes with 5 minutes on the best practice and 15 minutes of moderated discussion. Facilitator:

Matt Oldakowski, Course Director, Perth Biodesign


Tien Jen Liu, Co-Director, National Chiao Tung University Biomedical Program

David Grayden, Clifford Chair of Neural Engineering in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering

Sandeep Singh, Executive Director, School of International Biodesign

BREAK 3:45-4:00
Unlocking Creativity in Your Trainees 4:00-5:15 Concept generation is supposed to be fun and fulfilling…but it often ends up feeling difficult and frustrating for many project teams. In addition, aspiring medtech innovators can find it challenging to adapt common ideation techniques to the health domain. How can we better prepare our trainees to think creatively and equip them with tools to support productive ideation on health-related projects? In this session, you will learn multiple, practical techniques – beyond brainstorming – to teach and use during the Identify and Invent phases of the biodesign innovation process to generate more and better ideas. You will also gain 10 specific ideas for nurturing greater creativity in your environment. Farzad Azimpour, Assistant Director, Design, Stanford Biodesign

Lyn Denend, Director, Academic Programs, Stanford Biodesign

Closing Remarks and Next Steps 5:15-5:45 This wrap up session end the day with key takeaways for the innovation programs, with some parting thoughts from an industry leader. Help us sustain our momentum by brainstorming next steps and sharing ideas for what we should cover at the July 2020 BME-IDEA APAC meeting! Facilitator:

Anurag Mairal, Director of Global Outreach Programs, Stanford Biodesign


Huimin Wang, Corporate Vice President of Japan, Asia & Pacific,

Edwards Lifesciences

Transit to Reception and Dinner 5:45 – 6:00 Walk together to Reception and Dinner Area

Items on this agenda are subject to change