Our mission is to advance neonatal care by facilitating interaction between innovators in design, development, translation, and commercialization of technology. 

NeoDesign Focus Group: Re-engineering Newborn Health Care Technologies


  • Understand and incorporate "design thinking" into clinical workflow and  innovation efforts
  • Better appreciate and address barriers to neonatal design that may limit the provision of healthcare solutions in under-resourced environments
  • Recognize and meet the clinical, business, and ethical challenges of testing new devices and technologies in neonatal care
  • Network with potential mentors and collaborators in this field


Date & Time: Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Venue: InterContinental, San Francisco (Union Square)

Room: InterContinental Ballroom C

Participants: This focus group is open to anyone who is interested in the development and application of new devices and technology in neonatal care.

NeoDesign Gala

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Venue: Stanford Faculty Club

Please note, registration closes on May 4 for the NeoDesign Gala.

Featured Panelists

John Zupancic, MD
Dr. Zupancic is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Associate Chief of Neonatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His research and consulting work seeks to improve the efficiency with which scarce resources are used in improving the health of children, and in particular, newborns. Dr. Zupancic has served as leader of the Value Initiative for the Vermont Oxford Network’s Neonatal Intensive Care Quality Improvement Collaborative and is the Chair Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Perinatal Pediatrics.

James Wall, MD
Dr. James Wall is a practicing Pediatric Surgeon at Stanford University. He is an alumnus of the Stanford Biodesign program and holds a Masters degree in Bioengineering. He founded InSite Medical Technologies in 2007 to develop new approaches to regional anesthesia that resulted in a novel device for epidural access. His current research interest is in the design, development and analysis of medical technology as well as the emerging field of surgical endoscopy. James currently leads the surgical endoscopy program Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and is the Assistant Director of the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship Program.

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Speaker Series

Each month we invite an inventor or innovator to speak at our meeting and host a networking event open to those who are interested in the development and application of new devices and technology in neonatal care

The series provides attendees with the opportunity to interact very closely with thought leaders in the field of neonatal device design and gain an appreciation for the clinical, business and ethical challenges that may arise. We encourage speakers to articulate their vision, and share their insights and the lessons they have learned during the design process.

Speakers 2016-2017

Upcoming Speakers

  • May 2017: John Zupancic, MD, ScD, Physician-Scientist, Boston Children's Hosptial

Past Speakers

  • April 2016: Inaugural meeting
  • May 2016: Avijit Bansal, MD, CEO, Windmill Health 
  • June 2016: James Wall, MD, Founder, InSite Medical Technologies and Assistant Director, Stanford Biodesign
  • July 2016: Casey Trubo and Vensh Narayan, D-Rev
  • September 2016: Juan Walterspeil, MD, Inventor, Pediatric ID Specialist
  • October 2016: Avik Pal, Founder, CEO, CliniOps, Inc.
  • November 2016: Josh Bress, MD, Founder, Global Strategies
  • December 2016: Pavan Kumar, CEO, Cocoon Cam
  • January 2017: Tom Bumgardner and David Gunn, CEO and COO, respectively, of SonarMed
  • March 2017: Vidur Bhatnagar, CEO, Keriton
  • April 2017: Anurag Mairal, PhD, Founder, Orbees Medical