Needs Finding: Thoughtful Observation of Clinical Encounters
Will Clifton, MD

Motivated to connect more physician-entrepreneurs, Will founded Enventure, a grass-roots community focused on growing and educating Houston's medical entrepreneur community. Enventure connects young and aspiring entrepreneurs with experienced professionals to accelerate the growth of Houston's medtech startup scene. Enventure's educational programming and one-on-one mentorship launched four life science startups in Houston in 2014. Will earned his biomedical engineering degree from USC, where he joined his first medical startup, commercializing a glucose sensor the size of a human hair. After making Houston his home in 2007, Will received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine. Currently, Will is the Senior Director of Medical Affairs for Procyrion, developing a miniature heart assist pump implanted without surgery. Will has consulted for many of Houston's seed-stage startups, including MolecularMatch, NanoLinea, Anaxiom, and Nano3D.

Start Time
5:30 pm
End Time
7:30 pm
TMCx Classroom
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77021

Event Description

Workshop Summary

Needs Finding is a crucial starting point for the medical innovation process. It may seem simple to identify a compelling clinical need, but if you get it wrong, you may be wasting valuable time and money. We'll use actual clinical scenarios, breaking into teams to brainstorm needs and develop needs statements.

Workshops

Biodesign workshops are designed to provide new entrepreneurs with an understanding of the innovation process, teaching them how to evaluate a life science technology as the basis for starting a new business. Learn how you can turn your creativity loose to design the future of healthcare. Whether you're an engineer, scientist, physician, or business expert, this class will bring you up to speed on the medical innovation process.

This series of workshops hosted by Enventure once a month will provide trainees with the opportunity to gain skills that you won't learn in the lab. We will be focusing on developing technologies that create value for patients, caregivers, and society using Stanford's Biodesign medical innovation process.

Topics will include: Idea Viability, Market analysis, IP and Licensing, Building a Business Plan, and more. Series begins May 17. Attendance at each workshop is required for certificate, but the course is available to everyone for free.