Duke Takes Device Exec Ed on the Road
Duke University's Fuqua School of Business has taken the next step in making executive education easier and more convenient for busy managers. In the same way that executive MBA programs have now been designed to be completed on weekends, minimizing the intrusion into the work week, Duke has organized a medical device executive education program that is conducted on-site at device companies.
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The Stanford University Medical Center has long been a hotbed of medical device innovation. In combination with the fertile atmosphere for innovation and technology development that exists there, the San Francisco Bay area has become the premier region in the US for new device creation. In an effort to capture, preserve and pass on this inventive and entrepreneurial spirit, Stanford is launching a Biomedical Technology Innovation program designed to cover in a year-long series of courses the essential skills for the development of new biomedical technologies. The program is primarily looking to draw people from medicine and engineering, although they will also consider candidates with relevant business experience. The program will bring experienced device start-up entrepreneurs, as well as experts in all of the ancillary fields necessary for a successful start-up, including patent attorneys, regulatory and reimbursement experts, and manufacturing and clinical testing executives. A small pilot program will begin in September 2001.
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