Needs Driven Innovation
with Dr. Todd Brinton and Dr. Bryan Hartley
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2020, November 15). Ep. 95 – Needs Driven Innovation [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from
Interventional Cardiologist Todd Brinton tells us about his experiences in device innovation, including the pearls that come from failing, the importance of challenging dogma and understanding the market, and the ability to pivot as a predictor of success.
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Dr. Todd Brinton
Dr. Todd Brinton is the Chief Scientific Officer and Corporate Vice President at Edwards Life Sciences. As an Interventional Cardiologist and Stanford Biodesign fellow, he co-founded Shockwave Medical and served as its Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Bryan Hartley
Host Dr. Bryan Hartley is an Interventional Radiologist and co-founder of Pulmera in Palo Alto, CA
In this episode, Dr. Brinton tells us how he started as a biomedical engineer and why he eventually went to medical school. We discuss how important mentorship can be, and we talk about how he was able to balance residency with building a company.
Dr. Brinton shares some of the biggest lessons he has learned while being an innovator, and he discusses the goals of his company, Shockwave. We talk about the importance of understanding the patient population and some of the technical challenges of creating solutions to healthcare problems. We speak about Dr. Brinton’s position as the Fellowship Director of BioDesign at Stanford, and how he worked to train the next generation of innovators.
We review the importance of needs driven innovation in medicine and how to keep the patient at the center of the innovation process. We discuss the importance of having a creative, multidisciplinary team behind an invention. We share some advice for physicians wanting to get started in needs driven innovation and explain when to file for intellectual property. Dr. Brinton explains why it can be important to “fail often and fail fast.”
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