The Medical Device Hatchery

Empowering young minds to innovate in engineering and medicine.



Empower young minds to innovate in the medical device field by engaging them in biodesign thinking.



Our aim is to inspire bright, enthusiastic students to design novel  engineering solutions for complex clinical challenges.  We address these goals through four foundational pillars:



Expose students to medical device development through innovative design challenges, skills workshops, guest lectures, and mentorship by leaders in engineering and medicine.


Foster collaborative design thinking among students pursuing engineering and medicine.



Create a learning pipeline that engages students to proactively learn core concepts in mathematics, computer science, robotics, and human anatomy and physiology through lectures, coursework, and small group activities.



Train the next generation of engineers and surgeons by exposing students to opportunities for medical device innovation in academic research and industry.


“Inspire students to be creative, innovative leaders in healthcare.”

Santosh Iyer |  Founder



The Medical Device Hatchery was conceived in Toronto, Canada to identify ways in which engineering, computer science, and mathematics can improve healthcare technology.  


As a high school student, Santosh Iyer, the founder, developed a passion for solving medical and surgical challenges through engineering innovation.  He built a LEGO-based image-guided robotic-assisted tumor removal system and presented this work at the 2004 Canada Wide Science Fair, receiving the Medical Device Innovation Award.  This exposure to the world of surgical robotics inspired him to pursue a career in biomedical engineering and medical device development.



Santosh pioneered the Medical Device Hatchery as a means to inspire high school and undergraduate students to pursue collaborative design work in engineering and medicine.

The organization partnered with Logics Academy, a leading robotics education curriculum provider, to deliver a unique surgical robotics design challenge at The Hospital For Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.  The program brought together 50 of the brightest high school students in the Toronto area to design a robotic-assisted craniotomy and brain biopsy.  Students collaborated with leading doctors and engineers, attended anatomy lectures by neurosurgeons, and participated in clinical site tours of the DaVinci Robotic System.



The Medical Device Hatchery has partnered with the Stanford Students in Biodesign and the Stanford Institutes for Medical Research to expand program offerings to the Bay Area, to inspire students to design sophisticated engineering solutions that address various clinical challenges in medicine and surgery.  


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