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Online course: TRANSforming Care with Emerging, Novel Devices (TRANSCEND) – June 3-July 1

Deadline: Friday, May 21, 2021
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Online course: TRANSforming Care with Emerging, Novel Devices (TRANSCEND)

Session Dates:
Live sessions from 1:00-4:00pm ET

  1. June 3, 2021 – Interactive conversations about the principles of device development
  2. June 10, 2021 – Device development case 1
  3. June 17, 2021 – Device development case 2
  4. June 24, 2021 – Device development case 3
  5. July 1, 2021 – Panel discussion

Application Deadline:
May 21, 2021

TRANSCEND is an online course that will explore the current climate for the development of class II and class III medical devices. The five sessions will focus on the foundational principles for developing these devices. Case discussions with experienced innovators will elucidate critical aspects of their work in device development, highlighting the decision-making processes and challenges of this career path. These guided discussions will be paired with checklists and worksheets that will help course participants map out their own development pathway.

Time commitment:
Live course sessions once per week, for five weeks

Academic innovators currently developing medical devices, and those who have either completed the Harvard Catalyst course Medical Device Development, or can demonstrate good understanding of:

  • Common challenges during the process of developing and implementing new medical devices
  • Processes for protecting intellectual property, choosing a regulatory pathway, and meeting requirements for reimbursement
  • Partnering with key stakeholders for commercialization and clinical implementation

Requirements as part of your course application:

  • Submit a provisional patent application or develop a functional prototype
  • Create a video pitch which describes the value proposition of your device (both clinical need and high-level market information)


  • Free for Harvard-affiliated institutions
  • CTSA member: $1275.00(Note: this is a 25% discount off the standard fee.)
  • Non-CTSA member: $1700.00
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy [PDF]
  • Course fees can be modified for participants unable to meet financial requirements due to their geographical location. Email us to inquire about potential eligibility.

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