Past Submissions

Compilation of projects from previous year's teams

Biodesign Webinar Series

Biodesign curriculum aimed to guide teams through their biodesign process

What is the Biodesign Competition?

SIR MSC Biodesign and Innovation Committee (BDIC) hosts an annual Biodesign Competition where students are challenged to solve problems faced in IR in a collaborative setting with peers and IR mentors. Teams participate in a series of events throughout the year at the end of which, the top two teams are selected to present at the annual SIR conference in June.

This Year’s Theme (2022): Palliative Care in IR

IR is often thought of as a field that provides “curative” treatment rather than palliative care. We often get consulted to “fix” a problem such as an acute bleed or a stroke. As the need for palliative care increases with an aging population, what can we do to help improve the quality of life for these patients?

See here for suggested prompts.

How to Get Started

1. Form teams of interested students at your own institution or join the Slack Channel to look for potential teammates.  Multidisciplinary teams are always encouraged, so be sure to invite undergraduate/graduate students as well! Don’t forget to register for the competition.

2. Establish a relationship with an IR mentor.  If your institution does not have an IR department or you cannot find a mentor, the BDIC will find a mentor for you.

3. Register for and attend the Palliative Care in IR webinar session.

4. For more information, see the syllabus.


  • September 15, 2021

    Biodesign Competition syllabus, theme, and prompts released to teams

  • November - February 2021

    Optional team check-ins

  • March 20, 2021

    Team submissions due

  • April 20, 2021

    Five-minute team pitches

  • June 11-16, 2022

    Face-off between two finalist teams at SIR 2022

Kick-Off Webinar

Join us on October 14th 9pm EST for the official kick-off of the Biodesign Competition. Dr. Zachary Bercu, the assistant program director of IR at Emory, and Dr. Sivan Ben-Moshe, a geriatric and palliative care specialist at Emory, will be talking about IR’s current role in palliative care and how its role can expand.