The Life Cycle of Innovation

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The Life Cycle of Innovation

In this episode, made possible by our partnership with Edwards Lifesciences, Nathan Bays speaks with Josh Makower, M.D., about the process of innovation that Josh has developed over the course…
April 6, 2023

The Life Cycle of Innovation

Meet Josh Makower

Josh Makower, M.D., is the Boston Scientific Applied Bioengineering Professor of Medicine and of Bioengineering at the Stanford University Schools of Medicine and Engineering, and is the Director and Co-Founder of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, and Founder of Stanford’s Biodesign Policy Program.

Key Insights:

Josh holds over 300 patents, and believes that innovation is a process than can be taught. 


How to improve global health? Josh believes that innovation can be learned deliberately, and that those who practice it according to his process, will get good at it. 

Two Modes. The innovator must first consider all possibilities, even “wild ideas,” and then switch gears, to identify dead ends as rapidly as possible. 

Teaching Policymakers. In addition to teaching aspiring innovators, Josh believes that educating the next generation of policymakers is a crucial undertaking.

This episode was made possible by our partnership with Edwards Lifesciences.


Relevant Links:

Read more about Josh Makower

Read more about Stanford’s Biodesign Policy Program

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