Innovation Fellows

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Innovation Fellows 2021-2022 Team

The Innovation Fellows Program concentrates on developing medical devices for a broad variety of clinical areas. The goal is to train the next leaders in medtech by fostering leadership and teaching risk management for medical devices. The Bakken MDC teaches the Innovation Fellows disciplined product development which includes FDA Requirements, Insurance Reimbursement, Intellectual Property and Business Strategies in addition to Creativity Techniques and Prototyping.

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The Innovation Fellows Program is an intense, immersion experience that identifies current medical device needs and innovates solutions. The Fellows translate ideas into inventions, develop prototypes, and conduct preliminary stages of testing.

Since the program’s inception in 2008, there have been:

  • 297 Invention Disclosures

  • 147 Patent Applications

  • 160 Technology Licenses Executed

  • 16 Patents Issued

  • 77 Alumni Fellows

  • 16 Start-up Companies

  • 34 Products Licensed/Optioned/Donated

  • over $35M Funding Raised by former Innovation Fellows

The Program is looking for a cross-disciplinary team interested in collaborative medical device innovation. Those encouraged to apply include: postgraduate engineers, experienced physicians as well as those in their residency or fellowship training, bio-scientists, seasoned medical device professionals, business professionals, IP attorneys, medical practitioners and others with a special interest in collaborating on medical device innovation and development.

Become a Fellow

Be an Innovator!

Thank you for your interest in the University of Minnesota Bakken Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows Program for 2022-2023. Because the program is being re-imagined, we are putting it on pause for one year and are not seeking applicants at this time. Watch for information to be released later this year about a brand new Innovation Fellows Program that will launch in August 2023.

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