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MedLaunch empowers students to innovate in healthcare. We work at the intersection of art, science and technology to solve healthcare problems. Our mission is to create opportunities that enable people to improve the health of our community.

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Biodesign Challenge

MedLaunch’s heart and soul revolves around this full-year program. Each year, students will directly pair up with a community partner in the Ann Arbor area in order to help design, build, and test assistive technology that can immediately help these individuals. The first semester of the program will be devoted towards developing the necessary skills and mindset needed for taking on this challenging task. At the start of the second semester, students will be placed into teams, where they will be strictly focused on developing a prototype of the solution to the need that the community partner faces. At the end of the year, MedLaunch will hold a showcase for students to show off their final deliverables to their community partners.

Our Team

David Chang

President

Ashish Kamath

Outreach Director

Sujai Arakali

Programming Director

Mikey Komaiha

Educational Director

Molly Wu

Creative Director

Saswat Sahoo

Financial Director

Innovation Blog

All things science, medicine, technology and innovation. Learn about exciting discoveries and innovations in the biomedical sciences at the University of Michigan and beyond. Learn directly from students about their passions for science and technology and the work they are doing in the biomedical sciences. Engage with the community and get inspired!

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FAQ

Of course! We highly encourage freshmen to join. The first semester is devoted towards learning design skills, so no worries on that front! The club is centered around learning and community, so definitely don’t be shy!

Yes, for the application, you can scroll up and click the “Join Us” button on the home tab. We also ask that you turn in $10 to any officer by September 23rd in order for us to order sufficient supplies for everyone.

Like other clubs on campus, you only get out what you put into it. For a general benchmark, we ask for at least 3-5 hours of your time per week.

We plan on holding weekly office hours on Fridays (don’t worry, not at night), and we recommend that you come to these even if you’ve attended all the meetings for that week. We’ll help you catch up as well as help you with any skills that you are having difficulty grasping.

Teams will be divided into groups of about 4-5 people. If you already have a team assembled, great! If not, don’t worry! At the conclusion of the first semester, we will send out a survey detailing skill level, time commitment, and interest level. Upon analyzing these surveys, the officers will create teams as needed.

We have allotted times and spaces for you to work on your projects about 3-4 times a week. Of course, you don’t need to come to every single one of these. However, you should keep in mind that your project has real potential to make a impact in the community at the end of the year, so we ask that you put in as much time as possible.

The main topic of this year’s Biodesign Challenge is assistive technology for disabilities. We have partnered with individuals in the local Ann Arbor community who have disabilities and have expressed an interest in working with students to help design technology that would help them out.

Yes, by utilizing the $10 dues attached to the applications, MedLaunch will purchase the necessary materials, and students will not be required to purchase anything for their projects.

Usually, the workshops will be located either at TechArb or the back of the first floor Ugli.

Until the showcase, the projects will belong to the club. However, after the showcase, the projects will be turned over to the individual members of the teams.

It can be anywhere from a few sentences to a full report -- however long you think necessary to get your point across.

The primary focus of the blog is to highlight the biomedical community on campus. This means you can write about your own personal life and what made you interested in health and medicine, highlight interesting research being done on campus, or write opinion pieces about bioethical dilemmas/events in the news related to health and medicine.

As said above, MedLaunch’s primary goals are education and community. We encourage you to write even if you don’t consider yourself a good writer as it will help you organize your thoughts and share them with people who have similar interests.