SF State Industrial Design Prepares for the Biodesign Challenge 2024!

Author: School of Design
February 1, 2024
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Photo Credit: (left image: Aquakai project, SFSU Spring ’23, Jhoany Chong, Carlos Delfino, Paul Garnica, Ida Lajevardi; right image: Pearlyn Lii)

School of Design, February 01st, 2024.

This Spring, for the second time, students in Prof Fernando Carvalho’s DES.410 Product Design 2 class will be participating in the Biodesign Challenge (www.biodesignchallenge.org), an international competition promoting the integration of design, innovation, and biotechnology.

To kick-off the semester in the best way possible, we invited Biodesign Challenge’s program manager, Michael Balangue, to a conversation about the history, opportunities, rules, and new directions of the competition that will, as always, welcome all 40+ participating finalists from around the world to New York City this summer.

Thank you, Michael! And we will see you again soon!

Michael Balangue

Michael Balangue

Michael (he/they) is the Program Manager at Biodesign Challenge. He studied Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in Biotechnology at the University of Oklahoma and received an MS in Translational Medicine from the City College of New York, a biodesign-focused medical technology development program. His work experience spans teaching at CCNY, product management for a health tech startup, and wet lab research. His ambitions have expanded to supporting advocacy and community-building for a more sustainable future.