Office of Innovation & Partnerships

Medical Innovation Design Studio

OIP has created a new unit to assist LSU Health faculty, staff, and students more fully describe and design their ideas for healthcare-related device/software innovations- the Medical Innovation Design Studio (MIDS).  If you have come up with an idea for a new medical device, app, or other healthcare-related innovation, but are unsure what steps to take next, a consultation with MIDS could provide you with the momentum you need to come one step closer to a market-ready product.  Two experienced LSU Health physician-innovators, our Designers-in-Residence, will work with you to optimize early designs or rough prototypes.

Our Designers-in-Residence are Dr. Michael Dunham and Dr. Rohan R. Walvekar.  Both have disclosed several medical device-related technologies to OIP and have experience with computer-aided design, prototyping, basic software coding, and entrepreneurship.


NOTE: MIDS is not intended to assist innovators with ideas for new therapeutics, diagnostics, or non-device-related research materials.


Services offered

How to Contact

If you're interested in a consultation with MIDS, please send an email with a brief description of the services you're seeking and a basic description of your innovation to  After an initial evaluation, you'll be contacted by OIP or one of our Designers-in-Residence to schedule a consultation.