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Based on health and medtech innovation stakeholder feedback, this whitepaper describes eight distinct functional innovation skills and competencies that are required to drive innovation in health and medtech. This framework stratifies learners by their prior innovation experience and their desired competency proficiency and additionally lays out a tailored set of desired competency proficiencies for each target learner group – for example, the healthcare professionals, scientists and engineers, regulatory professionals, and startup teams.


This framework acts as a key reference guide and the next step will rely on implementing partners to adapt this framework for their target learners as well as for varying types of healthcare innovations.

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Singapore Biodesign Resources

White Paper
Ophthalmology in Asia: Singapore Biodesign Releases New White Paper

Date Published: July 2020
Written by: David Chen, Jia Yun Hee, Bryan Ho, Preeti Mohan, Will Greene
Diabetes in Asia: Insights on the Patient Journey and Opportunities for Digital Health Innovation

Date Published: July 2019
Written by: Scott Wong, Andrew Chou, Will Greene, Shanaz Rauff, Hanzhong Zhang

Case Studies
A Personal Journey: MedTech Entrepreneurship in a Nascent Ecosystem
The Klaro Commercialization Journey: From Concept to Product
From Biodesign Fellow to COO: A Startup Journey
Innovation during a Pandemic: COVID Buddy
Customer Acquisition Planning for New Medical Device
Value-Based Healthcare and Health Economics Research in Healthcare Financing
Channel Partnership Strategy: Leveraging Your "Frenemies" for Scalability
Policy Maker Engagement: University Hospitals 

Case Study Videos
Disease Management and Stakeholder Analysis in Different Geographies - Dr Mary Kan
Education and Disease Management in Asian Markets - Dr Andrew Chou
Customer Acquisition Planning for New Medical Device - Ms Pooja Kinra Bishnoi
Channel Partnership Strategies - Mr Chris L. Hardesty and Ms Jane Wong
Education and Disease Management in Asian Markets - Dr Andrew Chou
Reimbursement Strategies in Different Asian Markets - Dr Bryan Ho

Product Development
Quality Management System
Requirement Specifications
Ideal Medical Device Development Plan

Singapore Biodesign Innovation and Faculty Fellowship Graduation 2021
Singapore Biodesign Thought Leader Series 2019 - Ophthalmic Innovations for Asia
Singapore Biodesign Thought Leaders Series 2015 - MedTech Innovations Ecosystem: What can Asia learn and adapt from Silicon Valley?
Singapore Biodesign Thought Leaders Series 2013 - Innovation in Surgical Robotics
Singapore Biodesign Thought Leaders Series 2011 - Medical Technology Innovation: East Meets West
Singapore Biodesign Special Lecture Series 2015 - Innovations in Cardiac Surgery
Singapore Biodesign Special Lecture Series 2014 - International Trends in Medical Technology Innovation & Regulation
Singapore Biodesign Special Lecture Series 2013 - The future of medical and life sciences technology: Changing the Paradigm from treating disease to disease Management

Singapore Biodesign Introduction
Offerings Brochure
Outcomes Brochure
In-House Services Brochure

External Resources
Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies 2nd Edition 
Biodesign Companion Website
Resources from Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign
MedTech Needs in India
The Impact of Postgraduate Health Technology Innovation Training: Outcomes of the Stanford Biodesign Fellowship
Outcomes from a postgraduate biomedical technology innovation training program: the first 12 years of Stanford Biodesign
Needs-Based Innovation in Cardiovascular Medicine: The Stanford Biodesign Process
Success in Academic Surgery: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Stanford-India Biodesign: Outcomes from an eight year collaboration with the government of India to promote medical technology innovation in India
Start with the “Why?”
A Needs-Based Innovation Framework [Entire Talk]
CoRE at Duke-NUS Youtube Channel
SGInnovate MedTech/Healthcare Innovation Videos
Personal Sharing From The Field: 'New "buddy" app saves migrant workers from COVID-19 woes', by Dr Scott Wong, SSB Innovation Fellow 2018
Medtech Innovator APAC Youtube Channel
APACMed Public Content
CPT Codes and Innovation - an American Medical Association webinar for physician innovators