PA Consulting is proud to partner with Stanford Biodesign’s Robert Howard Next Step Award

NEW YORK , May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —  PA Consulting (PA), the consultancy that’s bringing ingenuity to life, is proud to sponsor the Robert Howard Next Step Award run through the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign. The award will help teams of aspiring health technology innovators advance their projects by providing design and engineering consulting services, including a design process or regulatory advising session with the PA Consulting team and a focused two-week “design sprint.” During the sprint, the PA Consulting team will provide the winning Stanford Biodesign team assistance with branding, product design, engineering and development to advance the awardees’ health technology concept to the next level.

Robert Howard served as Vice President of Engineering at LUNAR for 15 years and was a Stanford alumnus and lecturer in the Department of Product Design. In 2011, Stanford Biodesign and LUNAR established this memorial award in Robert’s name, and this year PA Consulting has taken over its sponsorship.

John Edson, US Head of Design and Engineering at PA Consulting, said: “We are honored to sponsor this meaningful innovation effort connected to the Stanford Biodesign program. The Robert Howard Next Step Award has helped propel more than a dozen teams toward product success, touching millions of patients with their life-changing health innovations. PA’s sponsorship will help empower the next generation of innovators to bring ingenious health technologies to life in areas of unmet need.”

Awards are open to any student, fellow, post-doc, visiting student researcher, faculty member currently enrolled in a Biodesign course or program. Winners are selected each May, and the award is presented at the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship graduation ceremony in early June.

Click here for more information and to apply for the Robert Howard Next Step Award.

Media Contacts:

PA Consulting Media Contact: Ashley Houk, [email protected]
Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign Media Contact: Heidi Glasser, [email protected]

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About Robert Howard
Robert Howard (1962-2011) served as Vice President of Engineering at LUNAR for 15 years. He was a Stanford Alumnus (MSME ’86) and served as a lecturer in the Department of Product Design. Robert loved helping people, teaching, tinkering, making the impossible possible, designing healthcare products, and being involved in the Stanford community – in particular the Biodesign program. In 2011, Stanford Biodesign and LUNAR established this memorial award in Robert’s name, and this year PA Consulting has taken over its sponsorship.

About Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign
Co-founded in 2001 at Stanford University by Paul Yock, MD and Josh Makower, MD, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign is committed to advancing health outcomes and equity through innovation education, translation and policy. We believe that diversity across multiple dimensions inspires creativity and helps us innovate for all patient populations. To date, more than 4.3 million people have been helped by technologies invented at Stanford Biodesign, and the Biodesign innovation process has been widely adopted by universities and training programs around the world. For more information about Stanford Biodesign, please visit https://biodesign.stanford.edu/.

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