The Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC) offers funding and resources to academic investigators in order to foster technology development and accelerate translational research on device, diagnostic, and therapeutic technologies for the well-being of patients and society.  B-BIC is currently focused on technologies aimed at improving patient care in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.


B-BIC provides funding for: studies aimed at technology development and translational research; regulatory, legal, and business development expertise; and entrepreneurial training.  

B-BIC DRIVE grants provide up to $200,000 for direct costs, with significant involvement from the Center, to support milestone-based projects. DRIVE projects may take 18 - 24 months and are expected to include proof-of-value and validation studies for commercial translation of the technology.

B-BIC offers pilot grants up to $50,000 to support direct costs for one year.  Pilot projects may include feasibility studies as well as experiments to test the reproducibility of hypothesis-driven research with a goal of developing the commercial value of the technology. 


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JANUARY, 2015: B-BIC announces its first two PILOT grant recipients:

Nikolay Vasilyev, M.D., Harvard Medical School Instructor of Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital, for development of an implantable intracardiac robotic device to increase right ventricular ejection fraction

Samuel Patz, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School Associate Professor of Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, for development of a portable, low field strength magnetic resonance device to help clinicians set appropriate ventilator pressure

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AUGUST, 2014: B-BIC announces its first two DRIVE grant recipients

Seemantini Nadkarni, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital for continued development of a low-cost, bed-side blood sensor 

Jonathan Thon, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School Instructor in Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Joseph Italiano, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School Associate Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for continued development of an in vitro platelet bioreactor.Full Story


The Commercialization Apprenticeship Panel Series - Working on Cross-Disciplinary Teams to Promote Biomedical Innovation – March 19, 4:30-7:00PM @ Boston University Photonics Center.
The B-BIC Skills Development Center (SDC) is pleased to host our second event in this panel discussion series. The SDC Director, Elliott Antman, MD, will be leading the event as host and panel moderator. The evening features opening remarks by Jeff Karp, PhD, followed by a discussion that includes the perspectives of a newly formed team (lead by George Cheng, MD, PhD) and is rounded out by the voice of an experienced and highly successful innovator, Pamela Silver, PhD. Register online.

 Medical Device Development (MDD) – May 7-8, 2015 (Application Opens: 01/30/15) 
This two-day course will provide an introduction to medical device innovation, development, and translation. For more information please email

B-BIC Skills Development Center YouTube Channel launches to ring in New Year! Subscribe today to view videos from this past year’s panels and seminar portion of workshops, and receive updates when new material is added.

All Harvard i-Lab events are recorded and made publicly available on-line through Harvard i-Lab YouTube channel