Biomedical Engineering and Design

Information specific to BME and BME/CBID design teams.


These databases contain medical-device-related industry information. (Start with the first three.)
(This page of the Business guide has more.)


Note:  This kind of report is expensive and proprietary; they can't be borrowed and the library does not buy them.
-- The only way you can get them is through our "academic" versions of the databases.

  • BCC Research -- BCC's market research reports give five-year forecasting, statistical and analytical data, key players, market share, technology trends, and more. Areas of expertise include health care, advanced materials, high-tech systems and components, nanotechnology, and novel processing methods.
    --- Note: Quotation marks around a phrase do NOT work in this database.
    --- Note: The home page of this database now says "Academic Library," but enter a word and the usual platform will appear.
  • IBISWorld -- Gives information about the industry as a whole, including industry performance and outlook, statistics, products and markets, major companies, operating conditions, and more.
  • -- Current and archived market research reports about biotechnology, health care, pharmaceuticals, and other industries. Includes demographic reports for specific populations.
  • Gartner Advisory Intra Web--Market research database for anything related to computers in all industries.  In the health care industry, this includes wearable devices, medical information systems, telemedicine, and many other health-care-related devices and systems.
  • Statista: The Statistics Portal--An excellent database of statistics and analyses of a very wide range of topics, including health care.  May have market size/share info, health and disease stats, and much more.  Always worth a visit to see what you find, especially since some of the info is not available anywhere else.
    ---Example: "Projected total costs of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. from 2015 to 2035, by disease type (in billion U.S. dollars)"
  • Mintel --For devices and services that are consumer-oriented (direct sale to consumers, of direct interest to consumers), this is a great database.  It has both industry analysis and also consumer attitudes surveys on topics such as exercise/fitness, over-the-counter medications, alternative medicine, wearable devices, etc.
  • Refinitiv Workspace Register for an account to access Refinitiv's market information, earnings estimates, financials, fundamentals, press releases, transaction data, corporate filings, ownership profiles, research reports and ESG metrics. Explore menus or type a topic or company name in the search box.

The library has created an in-depth handout with step-by-step instructions on how to conduct market research using the many resources available to you.  All of the suggested resources, whether library-subscribed databases, governmental websites, or other websites, are hyperlinked.

Use the link below to download a copy of the handout.

MAUDE (Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience) -- This database "represents reports of [the last 10 years of] adverse events involving medical devices."
  • "The FDA uses MDRs [medical device reports] to monitor device performance, detect potential device-related safety issues, and contribute to benefit-risk assessments of these products. The MAUDE database houses MDRs submitted to the FDA by mandatory reporters 1 (manufacturers, importers and device user facilities) and voluntary reporters such as health care professionals, patients and consumers."

Information about Recalled Products


Technology Transfer -- Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV)

  • report an invention
  • find funding
  • explore companies

Background Info for U.S. Healthcare System

Books on the U.S. Health Care System

Try these e-books:

  • in the SUBJECT, put these terms:   "medical policy"  "united states"  health
  • under Format, choose ONLINE
  • under Publication year, choose 2018 (leave second block blank; that will get everything to the present)

Kaiser Family Foundation U.S. Health Care System Tutorials

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that funds and reports on research into a variety of health care issues.  Search the KFF website to find clear, well-organized, basic information about the health care system in the United States.  Topics include costs and spending, delivery systems, health insurance, and much more.  Each topic has a "collection" of videos, slide shows, links, and Web searches.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation is another not-for-profit organization that funds and reports on research into health care policy and delivery.  The RWJ website's keyword-searchable "Research & Publications" tab will lead you to a wealth of information about various aspects of the U.S. health care system.  Topics covered include medical treatment facilities, barriers to health care, health care provider payment models and payment reform, etc.

Business Vocabulary

There are thousands of business terms across the many business disciplines: finance, banking, insurance, management, information technology, real estate, biotech, manufacturing, transportation, not-for-profit, and so on.  Here are links to a couple of online, searchable business dictionaries.

Cambridge Business English Dictionary--Search by word or browse keywords by category.

Business Acronyms

As with vocabulary, there are endless numbers of business-related acronyms and terms.  Here are a few places to search for meanings of acronyms you come across as you study the world of business.

"All the Business Acronyms You Need to Know"

"Business Acronyms, InitialismsAlphabetisms and Other Abbreviations"

"Business and Finance--Acronym Finder"

"Medicare Acronyms" -- This searchable list includes a large number of Medicare, government, non-profit organization, and general health care business acronyms.



Business and Marketing news can be found in several  places.

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