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Design a Low-Cost Healthcare Device
Zoe Jiang
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Design a Low-Cost Healthcare Device

Prepare a conceptual design for a point-of-care medical device for affordable disease detection or healthcare condition monitoring.

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8 weeks, 2-3 hours per week
No experience required
No experience required
Some experience required
Degree and experience required


In this Build Project, you’ll wear the hat of Research Scientist and create a design concept for a medical diagnostic device of your choice (for diabetes, malaria, or cardiovascular disease). We'll use computer-aid design software to simulate and validate your design. This is a rare opportunity for students who are interested in the medical device development field as their future career. You can gain practical experience by working on a real-world project and be familiar with point-of-care testing and other biotechnologies, in an environment that simulates the operation of a real product development team.

Session timeline

  • Applications open
    May 27, 2024
  • Application deadline
    June 23, 2024
  • Project start date
    Week of July 8, 2024
    Week of
    July 8, 2024
  • Project end date
    Week of

What you will learn

  • Use literature research skill to choose target healthcare condition and summarize the pros and cons of the current available medical device for the target.
  • Brainstorm potential solutions to overcome the current limitations.
  • Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to develop a new conceptual device.
  • Get more familiar with 3D CAD software by using it to draw 3D models of your medical device.
  • Learn how to move forward from identifying a problem to presenting final deliverables.
  • Learn different rapid prototyping approaches and manufacturing procedures.
Build Projects are 8-week experiences that operate on a rolling basis. Selected participants engage in weekly live workshops with a Build Fellow and 2-15 other students.

Project workshops

Target Selection
Concept Initiation
Concept and Design Evaluation
Components and Function Design
1st 3D Model Evaluation
Design Refinement and Optimization


  • Basic knowledge of Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering or related field: You should be comfortable with literature research – we'll perform it to discover current techniques for disease detection or health condition monitoring.
  • Basic knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD) software: you should know how to do 3D modeling and assembling to show the structure of the entire medical device.
  • Interest in medical device design: you should be motivated to develop innovative solutions to real-world healthcare challenges.
  • Other prerequisites: before the project starts, you'll need to have PowerPoint, 3D CAD software (SolidWorks, Siemens NX, Fusion 360, etc.) or alternative software installed on your computer.

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About the expert
Zoe Jiang

Zoe Jiang

Mechanical Engineering
Build Fellow
Open Avenues Foundation
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Zoe Jiang is a Mechanical Engineering Fellow at Open Avenues Foundation, where she works with students leading projects in Mechanical Engineering.

Zoe Jiang is a Research Scientist at Spear Bio where she works on developing and optimizing workflow and platform of ultrasensitive immunoassays using SPEAR technique. Zoe Jiang has more than 9 years of experience in developing point-of-care medical devices using lateral flow immunoassay or electrochemical biosensors, microfluidic devices as well as fabrication and design of microneedle arrays for human dermal interstitial fluid sampling.

Before joining Spear Bio, Zoe Jiang has worked at Michigan State University as undergraduate research assistant, and graduate research assistant focusing on development and fabrication of wearable skin patch for detection malaria PfHRP2 in dermal interstitial fluid (ISF). After graduated from her Ph.D. degree at MSU, she joined Rice University, and had worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for almost 3 years focusing on development and fabrication of human dermal ISF sampling device and wearable skin patch for protein detection in human dermal ISF.

She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Two fun facts about Zoe Jiang: 1. She loves hot pot and can have hot pot every day.  2. Her favorite dog breed is French Bulldogs.