BioInnovation Academy

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2016 BioInnovation Academy

The BioInnovation Academy encourages students from around the region in grades 9-12 to explore solutions to real-life health and medical problems. The cross-disciplinary week-long sessions aim to inspire further interest in science, technology, engineering, math and medical fields, as well as stimulate the next generation of entrepreneurs to combat pressing health issues.

During separate, week-long sessions – held starting on June 27, July 11 and July 27 – area students will work synergistically with both their peers and experts to investigate the root causes and possible solutions for the growing medical-related problem of concussions. The Academy includes students from both public and private schools throughout Northeast Ohio.

The Academy uses clinical simulation, experimental learning and educational lectures to show students how and why the incidents occur and then provide them with a way to explore novel solutions.


How Does It Work?

As part of each session, students will form small teams and interact with a variety of professionals, including physicians, engineers, researchers and marketing professionals, to gain a better understanding of both the problem and comprehensive nature of medical innovation.

Time will be split between instruction and self-directed project work, and will include exposure to various simulation environments in the Austen Simulation Center for Safety and Reliability, including its mock hospital, and ABIA’s product development facilities. Students teams conduct hands-on work to build a prototype of their potential solution and learn how entrepreneurs take a potential solution to market.  At week’s end, students present their ideas and solutions to a panel of judges who will choose a winning team to receive a prize.

The week’s schedule involves:
  • Monday – Learn about the problem and investigating current solutions before brainstorming a new idea with a team;
  • Tuesday – Explore engineering approaches and computer-aided design, and start prototyping work;
  • Wednesday – Refining an idea to create a prototype, as well as learning how to present your solution to customers and others;
  • Thursday – Learn about what it takes to bring a solution to the marketplace through a startup company, how to reach users of your product, and how to manufacture your product; and
  • Friday – Pitch the problem and your solution to a group.

How Can Students Participate?

Students can select to attend one of the following 2016 BioInnovation Academy sessions, which  run daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and apply online

  • Session #1: Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 1
  • Session #2: Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15
  • Session #3: Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29

What is the Cost?

Thanks to a generous grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, BioInnovation Academy tuition will be covered for participating students in 2016.