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Stanford Report, February 19, 2003

Ongoing biodesign series explores innovation

A lecture series called "From the Innovator’s Workbench," part of the Medical Technology Innovation Series, will present its third of seven talks March 3 starting a 5 p.m. at the Stanford Barn. John Simpson, MD, PhD, inventor of the over-the-wire balloon angioplasty catheter and a former interventional cardiology fellow at Stanford, is the featured speaker.

The series is designed to provide medical inventors a forum to discuss the process of taking a medical device from concept to market. Simpson, who also teaches on the voluntary faculty at Stanford, is the founder of a number of companies devoted to medical innovation, including Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Devices for Vascular Intervention, Perclose and DeNovo Ventures, which helps fund life-sciences companies.

The ongoing series, which continues through May, also showcases Stanford’s Biodesign Innovation Program. The program’s interdisciplinary approach targets invention and early testing of technologies related to clinical and health-care needs. Faculty and students in the program come from various schools including engineering, humanities & sciences, business and medicine.

A reception at 6:30 p.m. will follow Simpson’s presentation. Sponsors for the series include Windhover Information, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. To register for this and future lectures in the series, please visit or contact Teresa Robinson at 736-1159.