Biodesign Medical Technology Innovation

Based on the biodesign methodology for innovating medical technologies, this unit provides you with the opportunity to identify and research real clinical unmet needs, brainstorm a medical technology solution, and learn the medical device development process.

Upon successful completion, you'll receive:

  • Six PD Points, convertible to academic credit for BMED5001 Biodesign Medical Technology Innovation
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
Start date
Dates to be confirmed. To keep up-to-date on micro-credentials register here
10 weeks total (1 week pre-reading, 6 weeks attendance period, followed by 3 week final group assignment)
150 hours of learning. 6 full days of lectures and workshops on Friday/Saturday
Academic Leads
Professor Kevin Pfleger and Intan Oldakowska
$2,365 inc. GST
Critical information summary
BMEDM501 – Critical information summary [PDF, 115KB]
Technician in a lab 

What you'll learn

Identify and characterise a clinical unmet need. 

Ideate and assess feasibility of a medical technology solution.

Develop a basic development pathway for translation of medical technology.

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

  • Gain an understanding on how to innovate in the medical technology space to solve a real clinical problem.
  • Understand the complex regulatory and stakeholder environment for medical technology innovation.
  • Gain a basic understanding on the pathway to translation for a medical technology.

Recommended prior knowledge

An undergraduate degree is highly recommended and prior knowledge in healthcare topics and experience in invention, engineering, science or business is beneficial.

How does it work?

Participants will work in a team over a 6 week intensive period and deliver oral presentations with a group written assignment as a final deliverable due three weeks after the intensive period. Pre-reading material and activities will be provided in the preceding two weeks.

What's next after this course?

Future study
Synergistic with future study opportunities across UWA, particularly in the Business School and Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.
Career outcomes
The course will provide you with a medical technology innovation framework that can help with careers in the health innovation space.

Industry endorsement

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Proteomics International Laboratories International logo
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Intan Oldakowska and Dr Matt Oldakowski, Co-Directors of Perth Biodesign

Fostering the next generation of biomedical innovators

Intan Oldakowska and Dr Matt Oldakowski, Co-Directors of Perth Biodesign, discuss how we’re fostering the next generation of biomedical innovators.