Connecting With the Biomedical Industry

Connecting With the Biomedical Industry

Connecting With the Biomedical Industry

Biomedical Engineering Society President Daniel Khuc presents Dr. Deborah Kilpatrick an award of appreciation at a previous conference (Robert Bain photo).

When Harjot Hans, ’14 biomedical engineering, graduates in June, he hopes to have the connections he needs to find work in his chosen field, thanks in part to his role helping organize the 2014 Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference.

The event will be held 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 26 at San Jose State. This is an opportunity not just for Hans and his fellow Biomedical Engineering Society members, who organize the conference, but for all students campuswide. All majors are welcome to attend.

Plenary session speakers include Brad Vale, head of Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, and Michael Harrison, University of California, San Francisco, professor emeritus of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.

Parallel sessions will focus on topics such as applications of nanotechnologies in medicine, novel biomedical technologies, and prosthetics/bionics. For Hans, it’s valuable to learn about what’s trending in the industry.

Biomedical engineering is such a broad field,” Hans said. “Speakers tell us what’s going on now.”

The day closes with a CEO panel and student poster session. Registration rates start at $10 for Biomedical Engineering Society members.


Spartans Advance to Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Finals

Three SJSU Teams Advance in Silicon Valley StartUp Cup

The BioReady team is comprised of five biotech grads: Kira Dionis-Petersen, Dien Vo, Gavin McCann, Scott Marzano and Sheri-Michele Bachelor (photo courtesy of Scott Marzano).

“Many laboratories currently perform ordering by paper, pen and phone calls,” said Scott Marzano, ’13 Biotechnology.

This overlooked fact is at the core of a business idea Marzano and friends are poised to turn into a viable venture.

The brainchild of five alumni of the master’s in biotechnology program, BioReady would automate the procurement and inventory management process for labs.

The team placed first at the 2013 Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition organized by the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business.

And now, the BioReady team is one of three from San Jose State heading for the final round of the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition.

“My classmate Gavin McCann and I came up with this idea for a project in a marketing management course at SJSU,” Marzano recalled. We were required to develop a marketing plan for a service company and wanted to try and solve an important problem in biotechnology research.”

StartUp Cup is an international initiative sponsored locally by Focus Business Bank, Meriwest Credit Union and West Valley College.

The SJSU teams — BioReady, AFK Gamer Lounge (video game LAN center and gamer bar) and Cranium Shield (x-ray protection for the head) — will make their pitches to judges Oct. 30.

From a pool of seven finalists, judges will name first, second and third place winners Nov. 21.  The contest offers no cash prizes, but that’s beside the point for BioReady.

StartUp Cup and the SJSU business plan competition provide intense feedback and mentoring, resources more valuable than cash alone.

What does the BioReady team do when they are not trying to build their own business?

All five grads are gainfully employed at Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Life Technologies and Stanford University.

SJSU Hosts Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference

Students Plan Biomed Conference

SJSU Hosts Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference

The Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference brings together professionals, entrepreneurs, innovators, experts, students and faculty members for conversations meant to build connections and inspire innovation (Robert Bain photo).

The rapid growth of the biomedical industry in Silicon Valley has spurred students and their professors to take action. SJSU will once again host the the Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference on March 27. “The conference is totally planned by the students, under the guidance of our faculty advisers,” said Co-Chair Daniel Khuc. The event brings together professionals, entrepreneurs, innovators, experts, students and faculty members for conversations meant to build connections and inspire innovation. The conference originates from the SJSU Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society within the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. Many of the sessions cover technical topics such as transplantable organs, personalized molecular diagnostics and neurally controlled devices. But there’s something here for just about everyone. In the spirit of this year’s conference theme, “Improving the Quality of Life Through Innovation,” panel discussions will include “The Changing Landscape for Medical Devices” and “Healthcare Economics.” Learn more about the event.

Information Week: SJSU & IBM Provide Students Real World Social Business Experience

IBM, San Jose State Team On Social Business 101

IBM-sponsored program lets San Jose State University students practice social software strategy.

Posted by Information Week Jan. 11, 2012.

By David F. Carr

San Jose State University students are getting a crash course in social business, thanks to a partnership with IBM.

The program is part of IBM’s “The Great Mind Challenge,” a global academic initiative focused on providing students with an opportunity to develop their collaboration and problem-solving skills while working on real-world business challenges.

In this case, the challenge was provided by GBS, an IBM business partner that has traditionally focused on Lotus Notes applications consulting, with a growing social business practice. GBS presented a social business framework it had developed and asked the students to critique and refine it.

Professor Larry Gee, who teaches in the Management Information Systems program of the College of Business, put together a group of 76 students, who broke into 24 teams, each of which was responsible for developing a feasibility study and presenting it to the consulting firm by the end of the Fall semester. In addition to students from his own MIS strategic management course, Gee involved graduate students from the school’s biotechnology program to provide “cross-pollination” between business, science, and computer science.

“The challenge was creating a framework to utilize various social media tools out there so the organization can use them effectively,” Gee said.

“In 2012, I’m planning to do something very similar–a practicum, where students are doing something of value, not reading a 30-page case study,” Gee added. GBS has agreed to keep working with the school because “they liked what they saw,” he said.

IBM says the program is designed to help students:

— understand the tenets of a smarter social business through the use of social networking software.

— build business skills and real-world experience by assessing the social business capabilities and business challenges of an IBM partner organization.

— develop teamwork and collaboration skills.

The IBM developerWorks community website served as the social collaboration environment for the project.

Gee said students tend to come into the program thinking “we’re doing this already,” because of their experience with consumer social networks, and must learn that “these are separate entities, social tools for business.”

In a video testimonial for the program, one student expresses surprise at learning that social media could function as a business tool. “Really, this is a complete blind spot,” he said. Another added, “I always thought it was more of an entertainment kind of tool, but now I’m strategizing for how businesses can use it productively.”

One student, who recently secured a job, reports, “I applied some of the things I learned in this class to the interview, and I think that’s what really landed me the job.” She also complains about the number of emails she receives that consist of one sentence or one word–messages that could be more easily managed in a social activity stream.

Follow David F. Carr on Twitter @davidfcarr. The BrainYard is @thebyard

Biotech Training Grant

SJSU Research Foundation Awarded $5 million Biotech Training Grant

Contacts for the media:
Jeff Gordon, SJSU Research Foundation, 408-924-7395
Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations, 408-924-1748

Contact for prospective students:
Sue Gayrard, SJSU Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program, 408-924-4851

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