Aimbe Public Policy Institute

Learn from Washington Insiders about how public policy impacts biomedical engineering!

White House Official Robbie Barbero, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Biological Innovation for the Office of Science and Technology Policy address the White House Role in Science Policymaking.

Participants network with Philip Desjardins, J.D., Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs & Intelligence for Medical Devices at Johnson & Johnson.

The AIMBE FDA Scholars discuss regulatory policy with Patricia Shrader, J.D., Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs for Medtronic.


This institute is open to current undergraduate and graduate students, post docs, and early career fellows (including executive branch fellows) in Medicine, Engineering, and Health Sciences interested in the public policy landscape shaping science, innovation, and discovery.

Program Description

This program explores how public policies shape medical and biological engineering. You will have the opportunity to hear from regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institute of Health (NIH). You will listen to policy experts and thought leaders explain the ramifications of proposed regulatory and policy initiatives. You will attend sessions taught by industry giants in the medical device and innovation sector. You will meet with government decision makers developing the public policies that govern patents, medical devices, pharma, and health and science legislation. You will network with early career participants in health and engineering across the nation.

By the end of the Institute, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current regulatory science framework and its role in the decision-making about the risks and benefits of medical products.
  • Describe federal health policy initiatives that shape research and funding decisions
  • Understand the role of the executive and legislative branches in developing policies governing the scientific enterprise
  • Identify hot button issues in regulatory policy and health policy
  • Identify the numerous stakeholders shaping public health in Washington, affecting the nation

Keynote Speaker:

  • Rush Holt, Ph.D., former Congressman from New Jersey’s 12th District and CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


  • Bill Murray, President and CEO, Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC)
  • Lizbet Bouroughs, Associate Vice President for Federal Relations, Association of American Universities
  • Jeff Farkas, Vice President, Health Policy, Reimbursement, and Health Economics, Medtronic
  • Kyle Myers Ph.D., Director, Division of Imaging, Diagnostics, and Software Reliability, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, CDRH, FDA
  • Anne Plant, Ph.D., National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fellow
  • Susan Wood, Ph.D., Professor of Health Policy, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services; Director, Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health Services
  • Anthony Lakavage, J.D., Senior Vice President, Global External Affairs, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)
  • Matt Hourihan, Director, R&D Budget and Policy Program, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Grace Peng, Ph.D., Director of Computational Modeling, Simulation and Analysis, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Sue Nelson, Vice President for Federal Advocacy, American Heart Association
  • Brittany Caldwell, Ph.D., Staff Fellow, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Allen Chen, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineer and Lead Reviewer, FDA
  • Christopher Medberry, Ph.D., RAC, Project Leader, Regulatory Affairs, DePuy Snythes, a company of Johnson & Johnson


The cost for the Institute is $395. Space is extremely limited to encourage open discussion and networking. Registration will close once the event reaches capacity; early registration is encouraged to reserve your space. Registration is available at the top of the page.

Travel Awards for Underrepresented Minorities (URM)

AIMBE and BMES are committed to the building pathways and developing professional networks for underrepresented minorities (URM) to increase their retention and career success in biomedical engineering. To that end, AIMBE and BMES are partnering to introduce URM to public policy and the mechanisms shaping medical innovation and the scientific enterprise in Washington, from Capitol Hill to the Executive Branch. Under the auspices of the Coulter-funded BMES BME Minority Network program, travel awards will be available for up to 20 underrepresented minority undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs to attend the annual AIMBE Public Policy Institute for Rising Leaders workshop. This 2-day workshop held in Washington, D.C., offers training in regulatory science and public health policy. Participants will have the opportunity to speak directly with world-wide regulatory leaders, public policy experts, health care advocates, top government officials and industry leaders; and to expand their career and networking options. Participants will also meet and hear from a high proportion of URMs serving in top science policy positions and role models in medical and biological engineering throughout industry and government. We are no longer accepting applications for URM Travel Awards. The applications deadline has passed. 

Meeting Location

Alston & Bird LLP

950 F Street NW, 2nd floor conference room    

Washington, DC 20004

Hotel Information

AIMBE does not reserve a block of rooms for the Policy Institute. Listed below are several hotels near the meeting location, where the Institute will take place. The meeting location is across from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop on the Red, Green, and Yellow lines. For more information about traveling to and from the meeting location, please see their website.

Courtyard Washington Convention Center (closest hotel)
900 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 638-4600

Renaissance Washington, DC  (.04 mile, 8 minute walk)
999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 898-9000

Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites (.05 mile, 11 minute walk)
500 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 289-5959 


Contact Sarah Mandell, AIMBE Director of Research and Programming