New AIMBE University Public Policy Lecture Series



AIMBE has launched a new colleges and universities lecture series to engage biomedical engineer graduate, post-doc and undergraduate students “The Changing Ecosystem: Biomedical Research is Endangered,” hosted by AIMBE Executive Director Milan Yager.


Introduction: Congress doubled NIH funding and the research funding by NIH has won a remarkable 93 Nobel prizes. But the innovation ecosystem in America is changing. After years of budget cuts, sequestration, and spending caps, the buying power of the NIH is nearly 20 percent less than a decade ago. Most Americans favor cutting federal funding for research to reduce growing deficits and few Americans can even name a place where innovation happens. Will US universities remain the best in the world? Will research funding or tenure positions be available for new PhD grads? What are the career options for a biomedical graduate? Why is America’s biomedical research enterprise in trouble? Long-time Washington political insider, former lobbyist, Administration appointee, and AIMBE’s Executive Director, Milan Yager, will reveal the hidden truth about biomedical research, medical innovation, and the politics that impact career in biomedical engineering.

Results and Discussion: This presentation will highlight the changing research ecosystem and public policies that threaten America’s undisputed leadership in biomedical innovation. Things have changed and today biomedical PhD and post docs training take too long, pay too little, offer too few tenured positions and little chance of obtaining federal funding for young investigators test their ideas in the lab. What has changed to make federal biomedical funding so difficult to obtain? How has the landscape changed for career options for biomedical undergrad and graduate students? What threatens American’s global leadership in biomedical innovation. Can anything be done to reverse dangerous trendlines? Find out how the changing ecosystem impacts future biomedical career options and what actions students should take today. Discover three practical strategies that could change a bioengineer’s future and impact their contribution to medical innovation. Learn practical steps to successfully impacting how the public and Members of Congress think about medical innovation.

Conclusions: Arming yourself with the strategies for the warfare in advancing your career in biomedical innovation is more than just personal survival but changing the path for medical innovation here in American and globally. Understanding the changing landscape of biomedical innovation and discovery may change your future. Attendees will get insight into getting engaged, broadening their perspective and making a difference. Change is happening; it is time to adopt the strategies that will shape the future.

Biomedical engineering students hear from AIMBE Executive Director Milan Yager on science policy.

AIMBE Executive Director Milan Yager discusses strategies to get involved in public policy.