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Stanford-Coulter Translational Research Grants Program

Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to our Coulter Translational Partners Program. The Department of Bioengineering is dedicated to discoveries and innovations that impact the world.  Translational research, work specifically designed to increase the impact of discoveries, for example by developing products that benefit people, is a natural component of these efforts. From molecular bioengineering to cellular, tissue, organism and devices, our efforts in translational research range as broadly as the field of bioengineering itself.  The “grand Coulter experiment” is thriving, and continues to support inventive researchers through research grants and mentoring. In partnership with the Coulter Foundation, the program is succeeding in the translation of novel ideas to create new methods, techniques, and devices and to bring these to society so they can have the broadest possible impact.

Jennifer R. Cochran
Chair, Bioengineering

About the Program

The Stanford-Coulter Translational Research Grants Program promotes, develops and supports translational research—that which applies to existing clinical problems or unmet clinical needs. Its mission is to move medicine forward by turning collaborative projects into affordable, life-saving products. This mission is carried out in the spirit of Wallace Henry Coulter, an inventor who applied engineering principles to scientific medical research and pioneered the automation of the labor-intensive process of testing and counting blood cells.

The program funds projects proposed by multidisciplinary teams of biomedical engineers and clinical scientists. The devices, diagnostic procedures and treatments that result from the work of these teams are intended to lead to patents, spawn startup biomedical companies and/or be transferred through licensing agreements to existing companies. The Stanford-Coulter program also seeks to raise awareness—on campus and beyond—of the importance of translational research through multidisciplinary collaboration. Every aspect of the program is designed to increase, enhance, and accelerate this process.

Stanford University brings together top-notch clinical research and a tradition of innovation on its campus in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology capital of the world. This unique position, along with support from the Coulter foundation, will allow awardees to quickly and expertly meet the challenges and needs facing medicine today.

The Stanford-Coulter Translational Research Grants Program awards up to $800,000 a year to Bioengineering faculty members and their clinician researcher collaborators from the School of Medicine. Together, these teams of co-investigators work to develop new technologies that address unmet clinical needs, improve health care and lead to commercially available products.

How to ApplyAwarded Projects


Oversight Committee 

The Oversight Committee 2018-2020 includes members from the biomedical engineering and Stanford University community, as well as Silicon Valley venture capitalists and industry leaders. The committee is responsible for selecting projects and assisting awardees with issues related to business planning, licensing and patents.

  • Jennifer Cochran, PhD — Bioengineering Department Chair, Coulter Award Program, Principal Investigator
  • Gordon Saul, MBA — Coulter Program Director; Executive Director, Byers Center for Biodesign
  • Paul Yock, MD — Professor, Bioengineering & Cardiovascular Medicine; Director, Byers Center for BioDesign
  • Jeff Bird, MD, PhD — Managing Director, Sutter Hill Ventures
  • Karin Immergluck, PhD — Director, Stanford Office of Technology Licensing
  • Harry Greenberg, MD — Dean of Research, School of Medicine
  • Kevin Grimes, MD, MBA — Professor, Chemical and Systems Biology; Co-Director, SPARK Program 
  • Mark Blumenkranz, MD — Professor, Ophthalmology
  • Wende Hutton, MBA —  General Partner, Canaan Partners
  • Albert Cha, MD, PhD — Managing Partner, Vivo Capital
  • Andrew Cleeland — CEO, Fogarty Institute of Innovation
  • Geoff Gurtner, MD — Professor, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Kristin Baker Spohn, MBA  — Partner, CRV 

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