Sophomore Seminars

Medical Device Innovation


This seminar explores the process by which new medical technologies are designed, evaluated, and adopted for clinical use, and addresses key questions relevant to aspiring healthcare innovators. How are medical needs identified, and solutions devised? How do clinical trial design, FDA regulation, insurance reimbursement, and healthcare reform impact commercial success? What do healthcare venture capitalists look for in an investment? How is digital health revolutionizing healthcare? Guest lecturers include prominent inventors, physicians, entrepreneurs, and investors. Hands-on design projects will challenge students to invent and prototype their own device-based answers to existing clinical needs. No previous engineering training is required.

Meet the Instructor(s)

Joseph Mandato

Joseph Mandato is a lecturer in bioengineering, and a general partner and managing director of De Novo Ventures, a local venture capital firm investing in the life sciences. Before working at De Novo, he was an entrepreneur and served in a variety of executive positions in the medical device industry. He has also cofounded or been involved in the development of several well-known companies, including Align Technologies and Guidant Corporation.

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Mr Ryan K Pierce

Ryan Pierce is a lecturer in bioengineering, and co-founder and CEO of Nine, a neonatal/maternal health technology company. He has served as VP of Design and Innovation at Ventus Medical, VP of Business Development at Loma Vista Medical, a healthcare investor at De Novo Ventures, and a product designer at Concentric Medical and The Foundry. He is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and venture investor at Rock Health, a digital health seed fund. An inventor on two dozen U.S. patents, he holds mechanical engineering degrees from MIT and Stanford, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.