BioInnovation Academy

2014 BioInnovation Academy Application Form

In an effort to inspire the love for science and medicine, as well as for entrepreneurship, engineering and other medical professionals we launched our first BioInnovation Academy on June 17-21 and July 15-19.


Through our state-of-the-art facility, students have the chance to observe a clinical setting without interfering with patient care.  These clinical experiences allow for problem identification and ignite brainstorming sessions that lend to potential device and community health solutions developed by the academy attendees.

At the end of the program, students were equipped with real-world knowledge and an opportunity to execute a healthcare program or device based spin-off company, focusing on innovation and biomedicine.

Students gained experiences in two different types of programs, community health or medical devices. Students learned about some of the tools used to assess and evaluate community health, identify health disparities, research a community health problem and offer a solution for the problem.  The device track taught students about design philosophy, solid modeling and prototyping methodologies enabling students to envision and engineer their solutions.

During the program, students:
  • Observed various clinical scenarios through ABIA's Center for Simulation and Integrated Health Education with the goal of identifying patient-centered problems
  • Worked in groups to solve a problem in two separate tracks – devices and community health
  • Presented their solution and prototypes to a panel of judges that included educators, business leaders, industry experts and community officials as well as an audience of their peers and parents
  • Gained a toolkit with which they can create prototypes of their solutions

To read more about the BioInnovation Academy, please read the full Akron Beacon Journal article at

The Second Annual BioInnovation Academy Sessions will be June 16-20 and July 14-18, 2014. Apply now!

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ABIA is a unique collaboration of:
Akron Children's Hospital Summa Health System John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Akron General Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) The University of Akron FirstEnergy

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