Georgia Tech’s Master of Biomedical Innovation and Development (MBID) program hosted 28 prospective students from across the country for two days of fast-paced activities with ideal springtime weather. Graduates of this intensive one-year professional master’s program are exceptionally well-prepared to pursue and advance in the dynamic field of biomedical engineering devices and technology. In addition to the collaborative academic instruction in biomedical technology from two top-ranked institutions in engineering, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and medicine, Emory University’s School of Medicine, they also receive practical, hands-on clinical experience in Atlanta’s thriving biomedical industry.
“This was the annual recruitment event for the fourth BioID cohort of students offered admission into this highly competitive program. The program has gained recognition from the large to small size medical device industries as reflected by the excellent placement across various roles of past batch graduates in companies such as Medtronic, St Jude, Cook Medical, Halyard and others,” said Sathya Gourisankar, program director, and a 30-plus year veteran in the medical device industry.
After a mid-day check-in at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, visiting prospective students were whisked by bus to Grady Memorial Hospital. Grady is best known for its premier level 1 trauma center, its top rated burn center, and The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center. Opened in 1892, Grady is an internationally recognized teaching hospital located near Georgia Tech and serves the metro Atlanta area where 5.7 million people live.
Jeremy Ackerman, a faculty member of the master’s program and board certified emergency physician who works at Grady, gave the group an insider’s tour of Grady’s emergency suites at the hospital. During the tour, medivac helicopters were landing rooftop and transporting a patient into the emergency room, but the group was not privy to the emergency treatment for this patient.
On day two, the group assembled at Georgia Tech’s Technology Enterprise Park (TEP), Atlanta’s home for the biotech community where the MBID program is taught. Lifescience and biotech corporations located in the building include St. Jude Medical, CardioMems, Kemira, and CryoLife.
The day started with a MBID program overview delivered by various program faculty members, that included professors from Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering, the Scheller School of Business, Emory physicians, and biomedical industry veterans – most of whom had more than 30 years of biomedical industry experience.
A tour was given through the biomedical and innovation design machine shop and design studio, followed by an in depth question and answer student panel comprised of current and former students.
After lunch, the group toured St. Jude’s T3 translational lab facilities located next to the TEP building. St. Jude Medical turns to T3 Labs to recreate real world operating conditions for preclinical trials, as do other companies in the biomedical device industry. Where appropriate, MBID students get the chance to work with T3 labs during their studies and projects.
Their final stop was a tour of the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) located adjacent to the Georgia Tech campus. GCMI brings together core members of the medical device community, including universities, research centers, clinicians, established device companies, investors and startups, with the goal of accelerating the commercialization of innovative medical technology. GCMI is an independent, not-for-profit, full-service product development organization — the first and only one of its kind in the Southeast. Several former and current students of the MBID program work at GCMI, and provided a wealth of information to prospective students.
“The appeal of the Georgia Tech Master of Biomedical Innovation and Development program was its industry-focused program faculty. Nearly all of the professors have extensive in-depth, real-world medical device industry experience,” said Rosalee Celis, a prospective student and bioengineering graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “I was very impressed with the program and don’t believe many programs are setup the way the MBID program is. Not only was I accepted into the program for fall 2016 class, but going to Georgia Tech was my top choice.”
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Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology