From Ideation to Prototyping to Clinical Evaluation 

We provide our students the hands-on experience of conceptualizing, designing, building, and clinically evaluating a working prototype of a medical technology that addresses an unmet clinical need.

Biodesign projects span the entire length of the one-year program and are the cornerstone of the MTM program. Alongside industry and/or clinical sponsors, our students work in multi-disciplinary teams to utilize the technical, business, clinical, and regulatory principals they learn in the core MTM curriculum. Teams are purposefully comprised of students from a variety of STEM academic backgrounds such that everyone has the chance to learn from each other’s expertise and is surrounded by a diverse group of thought and ideas.


Teams identify an unmet clinical need, develop multiple design concepts and work with faculty and sponsors to select the concept that best addresses the need.


Teams build a working prototype of their technology and explore initial market response and customer discovery.


Teams collect initial data and user feedback to guide refinement of their design.

In their final semester, teams enter the clinical setting to collect initial data and user feedback to guide refinement of their design. At the conclusion of the program, teams may explore opportunities to pursue further development of their prototype. In addition, each team evaluates the opportunity to file intellectual property surrounding their technology.

At the conclusion of each semester, teams take part in a comprehensive project review that is modeled after the Stage Gate process commonly used in the medical technology industry. During these reviews, senior faculty and administrators join industry and/or clinical sponsors to provide feedback to the teams and ensure that they remain on track to successfully complete their project. As part of the final grade, each team is required to file a comprehensive report at the conclusion of the program to document the details of their project.


DermaSee: Cira Cardaci, Chaya Edelman, Bo Guan, & Mican Meneses
Project Sponsor: Galderma

Menopausal women often experience symptoms such as hot flashes and dry or itchy skin. With the

goal of improving the quality of life and health literacy of menopausal women, DermaSee is developing a pendant that contains temperature and moisture sensors that will detect and track hot flashes and changes in skin moisture. The user can access their measurement data, educational information, a symptom diary, and a support group via an iOS app.

SkInsight Health

SkInsight Health: Ashley Abid, Jeremy Kaplitt, Mohammed Rumon, & Thandiwe-Kesi Robins
Project Sponsor: Galderma

The pediatric atopic dermatitis patient population is known to not adhere to their treatment, which is crucial for symptom management and reduction of the severity of the condition.  SkInsight Health aims to help this population with their atopic dermatitis care and management by increasing treatment adherence through a personalized and holistic approach along with therapeutic education. The team will achieve this goal by integrating the quantitative measurements of skin hydration and ambient humidity/temperature with a personalized gaming app.


Motion 2 Movement: Zena Ahmed, Ralph Hertz, Janine Medina, & Ankush Thakur

Project Sponsor: Motion2Movement

Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a chronic knee joint disease that affects approximately 20 million Americans and often leads to pain, swelling, and joint stiffness that eventually necessitate a total knee replacement. Excessive joint forces are a common problem among KOA individuals. Motion2Movement is developing a device that is worn above and below the knee to monitor how KOA patients walk and help them prevent excessive forces on the knee joint to reduce their pain and symptoms.


PapeRid: Neela Qadir and Wahaj Patel
Project Sponsor: Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

When a clinical study is being designed, one of the steps involved is planning how data will be handled and collected.  Electronic Data Capture (EDC) systems allow for the acquisition, storage and analysis of clinical data in electronic forms as opposed to paper. Compared to paper forms, EDC systems improve data integrity, increase cost-savings and lead to faster study closures. The use of EDC systems in clinical settings has increased since the 1990s, however there is continued use of the traditional method, paper forms, to collect data.

There was a need at Burke Rehabilitation Center to increase the use of electronic data capture systems and enable the clinicians/researchers to transition from paper to electronic forms. The project focused on improving an Android tablet application that interfaces with REDCap. Improvements include adding a login screen, saving protected health information (PHI) to an encrypted SD card and facilitating addition of new evaluations onto REDCap through a data dictionary feature.


SenseAbility: Marwah Jihad and Sadiq Rahman
Project Sponsor: Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke annually.  Approximately 88% of stroke survivors suffer from a chronic condition in which half of the body is weakened with partial loss of movement, known as hemiparesis. In addition to this physical disability, stroke survivors experience neurological deficits leading to loss in motor cognition and function. Proprioception, often defined as the body’s “sixth sense”, allows an individual to sense the relative position of their extremities in space and is vital for everyday movement.

None of the standardized assessments to evaluate proprioception have been integrated into devices to eliminate subjective and reliability issues. After analyzing various problems underlying the current methods used for proprioception assessment, there is a need to develop a more accurate/reliable method to measure sensorimotor function. This project aims to develop a system that focuses on the quantification of assessing and training the proprioceptive ability of the hand, as it is the one of the most heavily involved extremities used in daily living.


Elbonix: Evan Azoulay, Israel Nemet, Mehnaz Shaid and Sana Tahir
Project Sponsor: Hospital for Special Surgery

Elbow stiffness is assessed subjectively by clinicians (in conjunction with a Range of Motion measurement), and very few new technologies have emerged in the field. Elbonix sought to remove the guesswork from the equation by developing an instrumented elbow stiffness diagnostic tool. The team developed a quantitative metric of joint stiffness, allowing clinicians to accurately track pre and post-surgical recovery, as well as the effects of physical therapy or any other intervention.