Building a Product, Building a Company, Building a Team: TMC’s Biodesign Program Is Looking for Intrepid Talent!

TMC Innovation
Sep 5 · 3 min read

HOUSTON, TX — Greetings from Houston and the largest medical city in the world. I am pleased to share that the application process is currently underway — and ending soon! — for the next cohort to take up residence at one of Texas Medical Center’s most ambitious programs under its Innovation umbrella — Biodesign.

TMC Biodesign fellows come from a host of unique backgrounds, including engineering, software development, medicine, business, design, and research. They then spend a year working together in interdisciplinary teams, where they observe and identify unmet needs in healthcare in order to specifically tackle one unmet need by creating a new product.

Each cohort contains two distinct tracks: medical device and digital health. During the fellowship, each track is paired with a highly-customized curriculum and receives high-level mentorship from across Texas Medical Center’s extensive network of the brightest minds in healthcare.

The program thus far has yielded tremendous results, as evidenced by the exciting products that have been conceptualized and the complex problems that have been tackled by the respective Biodesign cohorts that have gone through the year-long innovation fellowship.

During the application process, I am often asked what makes a successful Biodesign candidate. On one hand, the answer can be elucidated in as simple a fashion as this: we need team players. We need individuals who are willing to be part of a team, work within that team in a collaborative manner, and grow as individuals within a team structure.

Beyond that, however, there are a variety of attributes that one should consider when thinking about applying for Biodesign. I have listed them below and hope that each item proves helpful to any aspiring candidate:

1. Biodesign is looking for someone who wants to start a company and is willing to put in the time, effort, and hard work involved with a startup. Conversely, interested individuals should be willing and have an interest in moving forward with their company after the program ends. We WILL form a new company. This company will make a difference in peoples lives.

2. Biodesign is looking for someone who is curious about or has direct entrepreneurial experiences, regardless of past outcomes connected to these efforts.

3. Biodesign applicants must be brave enough to be a part of a TEAM that is focused on solving a real need in healthcare. They must be willing to share experiences and areas of expertise with their team but simultaneously remain flexible about the direction your new company goes.

4. Biodesign wants individuals who are willing to take a risk on new concepts, new ways of learning, and are willing to go outside of their comfort zones on a regular basis.

5. Biodesign will always take the best applicant available regardless of history and background.

The Biodesign application window closes on September 30, 2019. The fee to apply is $25.00 USD. Applications may be made here.

Rolling interviews will begin as soon as applications are submitted. Acceptances will be sent from January 2020 through February 28, 2020.

In conclusion, I can assure that anyone reading those five numerical items above with any sort of trepidation should not be hesitant. Biodesign is a life-changing opportunity for every single person that the program accepts. I am always ecstatic when the new teams are selected each year and cannot wait to begin the year-long journey that awaits each young man or woman chosen.

Best of luck to all those who choose to apply to Biodesign for the 2020–2021 year!

Warmest regards,

Toby Hamilton
Associate Director of TMC Biodesign

TMC Innovation

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A blog from the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute, where we help health care startups access the world’s largest medical complex.

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