BME-IDEA was started in 2003 when a group of professors who were teaching design in a Biomedical Engineering department or program realized that there were common needs among them that were not being met by current conference offerings. The first BME-IDEA meeting was held in San Francisco in 2003 and the alliance has met annually or bi-annually ever since. In 2013, the first Europe BME-IDEA meeting was held among programs there. BME-IDEA 2016 took place in Minneapolis, MN on October 5.

Goals of the Alliance

  • Review the experiences of different university programs involved in innovation, design, technology transfer and entrepreneurship in biomedical engineering education
  • Discuss objectives, challenges, and opportunities for further development of these programs – including industry and academic perspectives
  • Explore the potential for sharing resources and creating communitywide tools (e.g., web portal, national design contest, etc.)


11/15/16 BME-IDEA EU 2017 will be held in Magdeburg, Germany.  Read more.

5/10/16 BME-IDEA 2016 will be hosted at the University of Minnesota on October 5th with a kickoff reception the evening of October 4th. This meeting precedes BMES. For eligibility and more information, see the meeting page.

5/9/16 The Europe BME IDEA Symposium 2016 will be hosted be INNO-X Healthcare, Aarhus University, Health from the 6th to the 7th of June. The Symposium will primarily be for the members of BME IDEA network in the US and EU. Attendance will be free. Travel and accommodations will be at the participants own cost.  See more on the meeting page.

10/8/15 Our meeting held on October 7 was a great success – see the agenda with slides and outcomes of the workshop on the meeting page.

8/11/15 We’re happy to announce that the KEEN Foundation, NIBIB and Cambridge University Press are sponsors for our meeting in Tampa on October 7.  Cambridge is offering the Biodesign 2nd Edition textbook to the first 80 attendees.

7/20/15 The 2015 European Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance (BME-IDEA) Workshop was held at Imperial College London on 4-5 June, hosted by the Department of Bioengineering. In brief, this workshop focuses on programmes in the EU that deliver medical device entrepreneurship training, many based on the Biodesign process. Content from the meeting is now available on the meeting page.

5/15/15 The 2015 US BME-IDEA meeting will be held in conjunction with BMES in Tampa, FL on October 7, 2015.  Further information is available on the meeting page.