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Swiss Biodesign Bootcamp 2019 - Design Thinking for Health Technology Innovators

The Swiss Biodesign bootcamp provides future innovation leaders with the design thinking and industry specific skills to identify market opportunities and create breakthrough product innovation in the field of MedTech, HealthTech and Invitro Diagnostics.

This course is modelled on the pioneering Biodesign training concept of Stanford University, that has been adopted by leading universities around the world. Participants will benefit from lectures by Stanford, ETH and ZHAW faculty, top tier health innovation and medical experts, clinical immersion and an exclusive international network.

At a glance

Qualification: Swiss Biodesign Bootcamp - Design Thinking for Health Technology Innovators Certificate (6 ECTS)

Start: 21.08.2019

Duration: 3x 4 days on Aug 21 - 24 & 26 - 29, Oct 2 - 5, 2019

Costs: CHF 14'800.00

Comment on costs: 

Corporate fee CHF 14,800.00 (Self-paying / startup fee CHF 9,800.00). The fee includes tuition, the Stanford Biodesign textbook and other compulsory reading materials, exam fees, and related social events. Not included are traveling expenses and hotel accommodation (except for the first three nights in an off-site hotel).


Campus ZHAW Winterthur, Cantonal Hospital Winterthur, Off-site hotel.

Language of instruction: English

Prof. Tom Krummel
Prof. Krummel is the Co-Director of Stanford’s Biodesign Program and guest lecturer in the Swiss Biodesign Bootcamp. Over the last 20 years, he has been a pioneer in the application of information technology to simulation-based surgical training and surgical robotics and has received over $3 million in research funding over his career. For more than 15 years, he has partnered with Dr. Paul Yock to direct the Biodesign Program at Stanford.

Tom Krummel, MD, Emile Holman Professor, Stanford University

Objectives and content

Target audience

This training aims at aspiring corporate intrapreneurs and start-up entrepreneurs passionate about developing breakthrough health tech products.

Candidates must possess at least three years of professional healthcare experience in e.g. medicine, clinical research, product management, sales, business development, R&D, or software development.

The program is limited to 12 participants (max. 2 of the same company) to ensure a highly effective learning and coaching experience.


  • Empowering future innovation leaders to initiate and successfully commercialize high-risk product innovations and drive change within your organisation
  • Systematically identifying unmet needs and ideating innovative solutions
  • Objectively validating needs, concepts and market potential
  • Accelerating projects with in-depth understanding of design thinking tools
  • Understanding board and investor criteria for compelling business cases
  • Addressing common pitfalls in health technology projects in start-ups and corporations
  • Benefiting from hands-on experience of serial-innovators and industry experts
Orestis Vardoulis
"The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship helped me grasp the fundamentals of taking a medical technology from lab-bench to product. Apart from the excellent training I received, I have massively expanded my network in the medical device industry. Being myself an alum of a Swiss University, I am looking forward to sharing my Biodesign knowledge and experiences and contribute to a vibrant medical technology community in Switzerland.”

Orestis Vardoulis, PhD – Stanford Biodesign Alum and Swiss Biodesign Faculty Member


The course will build upon the industry-leading Stanford Biodesign process and textbook:
Biodesign – The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies

  • Design thinking
  • Needs finding and selection
  • Disease and current treatment standards
  • Global health technology market
  • MedTech regulation US and Europe
  • MedTech reimbursement
  • Business case analysis
  • Patent search
  • Financial planning
  • Clinical study overview
  • Startup and corporate challenges

Workshops, coaching and insider dinner talks will provide ample opportunity for direct interaction with experts.


Methods of instruction include lectures, creativity workshops, study of genuine cases and interdisciplinary group work, e.g.:

  • Five days of organized clinical immersion
  • Interdisciplinary exercises and group work
  • Shadowing and interviews of real customers
  • Coaching by industry experts
  • Frequent presentations

An online test on the pre-readings (25%), a presentation of the customer needs validation to conclude Block I (25%) and the presentation and report of the final product and business concept at the end of Block II (50%).


Part-time course with classes from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm plus group work and dinner talks on several evenings. Participants are expected to be proficient in oral & written English.

Hanson Gifford
"Stanford Biodesign is the one training concept we know that works and delivers a high output of successful innovators and great product ideas. Glad to see Swiss Biodesign is following its approach."

Hanson Gifford, CEO at The Foundry and Stanford Biodesign coach, Menlo Park (US). The Foundry is a medtech accelerator that founded start-ups that raised more than $1 billion in funding.

Enquiries and contact



Offered in cooperation with



  • Master’s, MD or PhD university diploma
  • At least 3 years of professional healthcare experience
  • Proof of English proficiency (equivalent to CEFR C1 level)
  • An international mindset, team-player qualities and a proven track record of having advanced innovative projects
  • The program is limited to 12 high potential participants (max. of 2 from the same organisation)

Information for applicants

  • One page motivational letter, CV and latest diplomas
  • Two reference letters from supervisors / project partners
  • Please email your complete application by June 12th, 2019 to
  • A 5% fee reduction is applicable, if your early application (motivational letter and CV) is handed in by May 22nd, 2019
  • Interviews will take place between end of May and end of June

Start Application deadline Registration link
21.08.2019 28.06.2019

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