Biomedical Engineering and Design

Information specific to BME and BME/CBID design teams.

Business Plans

Here are resources to help with your business plans.

Check out these useful materials on business plans and planning as you develop your ideas into strategy.

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

  • 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. (Important: The library's link will show reports whose full text we DO have. Google will show reports which we CANNOT obtain.)
  • 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 Oxygen--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.
  • Thomson One -- Thomson One features market quotes, earnings estimates, financial fundamentals, press releases, transaction data, corporate filings, ownership profiles and research from Thomson Financial.

    NOTE the special instructions for use, including:
    --- Thomson One works ONLY with Internet Explorer
    --- Only 10 users at a time can log in, so please log off when you're finished

(There is more company information on this page of the Business guide.)

  • Hoovers Online--Directory of publicly traded and larger privately held companies.  Company listings include company description and history, financial performance, competitors list, social media feeds, etc.  Data in listings cannot be downloaded in this database.
  • Mergent Online--Another directory of publicly traded and larger privately held companies.  May have some information not included in Hoovers (and vice versa), and may list different competitors than Hoovers.  Check both Mergent and Hoovers for company information.  
  • PrivCo--First set up a free personal account to access this database.  PrivCo is a company directory that specializes exclusively in private companies.  May have more listings of smaller private companies than Hoovers and Mergent.  Also contains a directory of venture capital firms and their investments and investing priorities, cross-referenced to the listings of private companies that they fund.

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.

Information about Recalled Products


Technology Transfer -- Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV)

Home Page (scroll down)

  • report an invention
  • find funding
  • explore companies

Innovations Tech Transfer Funding Collaborations

Programs and


--Companies Licensing Process Industry-sponsored Research Corporate Partnerships FastForward
--Technologies Reports of Invention Translational Funding Licensing Social Innovaation Lab
  Material Transfer Agreements Startup Funding Investments Commercialization Academy
  Non-disclosure Agreements   Sponsorship Mentorship
        Diversity in Innovation
        JHTV Digital Library



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. type in a word and find the basic definition, or browse by topic. You can also sign up for a "term of the day" newsletter.

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 Acronym Finder"

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



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