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. Innovation Fellows learn a disciplined medical technology product development process which includes FDA requirements, 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


Become a Fellow

Be an Innovator!

Thank you for your interest in the University of Minnesota Bakken Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows Program.

No Longer Accepting Applications for 2023-2024 Team.


Where are they now? 

Where are they now?

2023-2024 Innovation Fellows

Suhas Bargur - Bakken MDC Innovation Fellows 2023-2024

Suhas Bargur
Interventional Neuro-Radiologist

Joseph Broomhead - Bakken MDC Innovation Fellows 2023-2024

Joseph Broomhead
3D Bioprinting, Vascular Surgery

Qiman Gao - Bakken MDC Innovation Fellows 2023-2024

Qiman Gao
Facial Pain Fellow, Investigator, Dentist

Nathan Johnson - Bakken MDC Innovation Fellows 2023-2024

Nathan Johnson
Manufacturing Engineer

Shahid Karim - Bakken MDC Innovation Fellows 2023-2024

Shahid Karim
Cardiac/Respiratory Physiology, UK Interventional Cardiologist

Jonathan Strutt - Bakken MDC Innovation Fellows 2023-2024

Jonathan Strutt
Pediatric Emergency Physician

Danny Sachs - Bakken MDC Innovation Fellows Program Director

Danny Sachs
Program Director