Medtronic Funds JHU Program
Medtronic, one of the world’s largest medical technology companies, has entered into an innovative partnership with The Johns Hopkins University, agreeing to provide $200,000 a year for up to three years and skilled mentoring to help biomedical engineering students design new healthcare solutions for underserved patients in developing countries.
The partnership was announced recently by Omar Ishrak, Medtronic’s chairman and chief executive officer, during his keynote address at the university’s annual Biomedical Engineering Design Day event. During his talk, Ishrak called attention to the need to improve access, outcomes, and the efficiency of healthcare solutions in developing regions of countries such as India, China and Brazil.
Addressing the needs of these patients will be a key goal of the new collaboration between Medtronic and the university’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID). The center teams students with faculty researchers, physicians and others who help them understand healthcare needs and the broader impact on those who deliver and receive medical services. These advisers then offer guidance as the students and their clinician partners design solutions and build and test them, going back to the drawing board often to ensure the needs of patients, physicians, payers, and providers are addressed. CBID operates within the Department of Biomedical Engineering, which is shared by Johns Hopkins’ School of Medicine and its Whiting School of Engineering.