Bench to Bedside
The Bench to Bedside Competition is an exciting and vibrant program introducing students to the fascinating world of medical and global health innovation through an incentive-based team competition.
Student teams begin in the fall by forming into multidisciplinary start-up companies as they identify unmet clinical needs. Teams then innovate over a six-month period how to meet these needs using a $500 development fund to build concepts. Through the Bench to Bedside Program, each team has access to over 100 University Physicians from a broad range of specialties as well as engineering and business professionals to serve as consultants, key opinion leaders, and stakeholders. In that six-month time period, students will have evaluated the IP landscape, prototyped their design, and constructed a business plan.
The program culminates in April with a formal presentation of team projects at the annual Bench to Bedside Competition. The event draws participation from faculty physicians, residents, industry leaders, venture capital firms, and university leadership. Projects are presented by team members, then evaluated and scored by a VIP panel of judges. Top teams are awarded over $70,000 in prize money to support further project development.
Enthusiasm for Bench to Bedside has been remarkable since its inception. Approximately 200 students and 45 teams participated in the 2016 competition with several teams currently headed toward commercialization.