This summer, area high school students have the unique opportunity to explore the world of medical device development, community health improvement and entrepreneurship through the inaugural BioInnovation Academy, being launched by the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA). Two week-long, full day sessions – June 17-21 and July 15-19 – are focused on inspiring the next generation of professionals to explore ideas and combat the pressing health issues.

Held in the ABIA’s new state-of-the-art facility, selected students can experience simulated patient care up close by working in the institute’s simulated hospital complete with triage, nursing, surgical, intensive care and emergency and operating rooms. Participants will have the opportunity to identify problems and work in teams to create solutions that provide them with real-world experience in healthcare and life science programs and the related innovation processes.

Students can gain experiences in two different types of programs, community health or medical device development. The medical device track allows students to investigate design, prototyping and how to envision and engineer solutions for the health market. In the community health track, they will investigate the social factors of health, the environment, and preventive services in order to address gaps in policies and programs and offer solutions.
More information and application is available at