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UCLA Biodesign team Nurlabs wins 2021 Big Bang Challenge
May 27 2021

NurLabs, a start-up founded by a UCLA Biodesign Anderson Executive MBA team, earns a third win – placing first in the UC Davis Big Bang! Business Plan Competition for their oncology liquid biopsy platform developed at the UCLA Materials Science and Engineering Department.
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UCLA Biodesign with UCLA Health win grant to scale COVID-19 innovations and support health equity
May 13 2021

UCLA Health has received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to scale healthcare innovations for COVID-19 response and recovery and to support health equity through BioFutures, a new LA County workforce development program for diversity in the biosciences. As covered by Science Magazine online & News Medical Life Sciences

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UCLA Biodesign Co-Executive Director, Desert Horse-Grant, is nominated as a Finalist at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Diversity, Inclusion + Equity Awards
March 26, 2021

UCLA Biodesign Co-Executive Director & Chief of Innovation at UCLA Hospital System, Desert Horse-Grant is nominated as a finalist at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Diversity, Inclusion + Equity Awards.  Ms. Horse-Grant has led or co-led a number of initiatives to promote health equity and diversity, inclusion and equity across the community including UCLA Health’s Innovation Challenge tackling health equity launched earlier this year.
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NurLabs named Semi Finalist in University of Arkansas 2021 Heartland Challenge Startup Competition
March 22, 2021

UCLA Biodesign team NurLabs was named a Semi Finalist in the University of Arkansas 2021 Heartland Challenge Startup Competition. Faculty advisor Jennifer McCaney mentors the team of six Executive MBAs at the Anderson School of Management as part of the UCLA Biodesign Business Creation Option.
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Announcing: UCLA Biodesign’s Women in Healthtech Leadership Lecture Series
March 11, 2021

Dr. Jennifer McCaney and Desert Horse-Grant, co-executive directors of UCLA Biodesign, are pleased to announce the Women in Healthtech Leadership Lecture Series, which will provide insights from some of the most successful women in the healthtech industry. The series launches with two trailblazers leading the transformation of the medical device and digital health fields – Katie Szyman, Corporate Vice President, Critical Care at Edwards Lifesciences and Julia Hu, Founder and CEO of Lark Health. Below, you will find more information about these two speakers and how you can participate in the series..

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UCLA Biodesign Fellow Dr. Elizabeth Lord 20 under 40 Award
March 10, 2021

Orthopaedic spine surgeon and UCLA Biodesign Fellow Elizabeth Lord, MD, places humility, representation and mentorship at the center of her success.

As UCLA’s first woman spine faculty member, Dr. Lord is the recipient of the 2020 North American Spine Society’s “20 under 40” award, which highlights future leaders for their accomplishments, community service and philosophy for care in the field of spine surgery.

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UCLA Biodesign Co-Executive Director Desert Horse-Grant Fuels the Innovation Engine
April 26 2021

American Healthcare Leader recognized Desert Horse-Grant, UCLA Biodesign Co-Executive Director and Chief of Innovation at the UCLA Hospital System, for her work in leading healthcare innovation strategy at one of the top hospitals in the nation.
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UCLA Biodesign Co-Executive Director, Jennifer McCaney, launches a Health Care Technology Course “All About Disruption” at Anderson
January 4, 2021

UCLA Biodesign Co-Executive Director & Professor Jennifer McCaney, a dual appointment at Anderson and the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonology and Critical Care, launches a UCLA Anderson class focused on how technology has enabled health care to evolve, exploring technologies such as big data, digital health and personalized medicine and inviting guest speakers from within industry to illuminate the field for students.

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Diversity in Action on Innovation at UCLA Biodesign
November 1, 2020

Diversity in Action highlights the work of UCLA Biodesign’s female leadership in fostering an interdisciplinary program at the intersection of medicine, engineering, and entrepreneurship to create new innovations in patient care.

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UCLA Biodesign Fellowship 2021-2022 Now Open For Applications
September 2, 2020

UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute announces applications for the UCLA Biodesign 2021 Fellowship Discovery track are now open through mid-November.

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UCLA Biodesign Leadership on Redesigning Healthcare Amidst a Pandemic
August 24, 2020

Lisa Carmel, Vice President of Strategy at Ximedica, interviews UCLA Biodesign leadership on the program expansion and the mission of re-imagining a healthcare ecosystem better equipped to support patients and other key stakeholders during a pandemic.

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Desert Horse-Grant Named Modern Healthcare Top 25 Innovator

Desert Horse-Grant, senior director of UCLA Health Research and Innovation, and co-executive director of UCLA Biodesign, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of this year’s Top 25 Innovators. The program recognizes leaders who are instituting innovation and leading transformative programs that measurably improve patient-centered care through advances in technology.

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UCLA Biodesign Team Featured by Techstars
July 27, 2020

Protean Surgical Instruments, a soft robotics company founded by a team of UCLA Biodesign Fellows, was one of 50 student entrepreneurial teams selected from a field of over 330 applicants to participate in Blackstone LaunchPad’s Summer Fellowship program.

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UCLA Biodesign Response to COVID-19
July 1, 2020

UCLA Biodesign Fellows deployed across critical functions at UCLA Health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing hospital operations, supply chain shortages for protective equipment, as well as volunteering in regions of urgent need.

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UCLA Biodesign Graduation
June 26, 2020

Join us is celebrating the graduation of the inaugural UCLA Biodesign Fellows and a keynote featuring Dr. Beth Seidenberg, Founding Managing Partner, Westlake Village BioPartners.

UCLA Biodesign Announces New Accelerator Track
June 18, 2020

The UCLA Clinical Translational Science Institute announces UCLA Biodesign’s first class of Accelerator Fellows will begin in Summer 2020. The program is open to UCLA faculty and staff developing medical device, diagnostic, and digital products seeking to advance early stage concepts and prototypes.

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FDA Grants UCLA Health Permission to Use 3D-Printed Swab
June 8, 2020

UCLA Biodesign Fellow Gabe Oland helps lead UCLA Health clinical testing of 3D-printed nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID leading to FDA permission for use in just over one month. As covered by Los Angeles Daily News and HIT Consultant

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UCLA Biodesign Fellow Tackles Supply Chain Shortages for COVID-19 Testing
April 24, 2020

Recognizing a critical shift in health system needs, UCLA Biodesign Fellow, Dr. Gabe Oland, co-leads the UCLA Health COVID-19 nasopharyngeal swab task force and IRB study, to address 3D printed swab options in light of scarce testing supplies.

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National Registry Quickly Set Up to Help Doctors Understand Risks COVID-19 Poses to Pregnant Women and Newborns
April 8, 2020

New national registry launched by UCLA Biodesign Fellow and UCLA Health OBGYN specialist, Dr. Yalda Afshar, in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco to determine possible effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women and newborns. As covered by the Washington Post, Kaiser Health News, WebMD and news outlets, KABC-TV, KCBS-AM and NBC Bay Area.

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UCLA Biodesign Team Selected as Finalist in Lowell Milken Entrepreneurship Competition
April 6, 2020

Protean Surgical Instruments, a UCLA Biodesign team, was selected as a finalist in the UCLA Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Entrepreneurship Competition.

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UCLA Biodesign Fellow Builds Ventilator Prototype from Home Depot Parts
March 27, 2020

UCLA Biodesign Fellow, Glen Meyerowitz, applied his knowledge of oxygen flow as a former rocket engineer at Space-X to build a low-cost mechanical ventilator prototype in response to predicted shortages and the need for ventilators in resource-constrained settings. As covered by TIME, MedGadget, Los Angeles Business Journal and news outlets, KCAL-TV, KCBS-TV and NBC.

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UCLA Biodesign Team Wins UCLA Anderson Think in Next Innovation Challenge
February 29, 2020

UCLA Biodesign Team, CranioView, placed 1st in the inaugural UCLA Anderson Think in the Next Innovation Challenge after advancing to the finals as the top winner in the healthcare track.

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