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In 2014, Dr. Peter Schulam and Dr. W. Mark Saltzman came together from the medical and engineering sides of Yale’s campus to establish the Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology. The idea was to more comprehensively support not only medical device development in the Yale community, but also digital health, and diagnostics. They wanted to expand the support and expertise offered for biomedical innovators and organize an interdisciplinary team that could provide education, build culture, offer mentorship, and help innovators successfully obtain seed funding.

Today, Dr. W. Mark Saltzman and Dr. Maxwell Laurans lead the center as faculty co-directors. Dr. Saltzman is the founding chair of the School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and the head of Jonathan Edwards College. He is amember of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering, and is a prolific researcher, collaborator, and inventor, commercializing several of the novel technologies that originated in his lab. Dr. Laurans is a neurosurgeon and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Yale who specializes in spine tumors and degenerative spine conditions, as well as the Vice President of Surgical Services and Clinical Chief of Perioperative Services at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Laurans is also the co-founder of Nomad Health, a venture backed online marketplace for healthcare professional staffing solutions. Both leaders bring incredible energy and deep experience to the center.

Team and EIRs

CBIT’s experienced team offers academic researchers, clinicians and students industry insights and guidance on the technology development commercialization process. They support innovators across four essential areas in the biomedical sector: business, technical, clinical, and regulatory. The staff is augmented by a deep pool of industry mentors with expertise in diagnostics, digital health, medical devices, and platform technologies willing to work with early-stage innovators.

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