University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Tour the Bakken MDC Today!Lab Tours

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and the U of MN President's directive we will have limited tours and visitors until further notice.

In the mean time, we would like to invite you to take a Virtual Tour of the BMDC.

Over the course of the tour, you may meet key personnel dedicated to overseeing and maintaining the Bakken MDC core facilities lab and discuss the main functions of the Center. The core facilities lab features state-of-the-art high-tech equipment that allows researchers to view surgeries in 3D, with prototyping facilities that include a CAD/Precision Instruments Lab, a wet lab to study biological issues, and Mechanical and Electronics fabrications centers. In addition, a brief overview of what a typical Bakken MDC Innovation Fellows Program year looks like and what the team accomplishes. Also, a brief summary on how the Design of Medical Devices Conference has become a staple in the medical device community.

Tours are given Monday through Friday between the business hours of 8am-4pm.
Maximum per tour: 5

Estimated tour length: 30-60 minutes

Estimated tour length with prototyping activity: 90 minutes

Pricing for BMDC Brainstorming and Prototyping Activity*
(choose one when completing the tour request form):

Option 1 $4 per participant
  presentation, access to *basic crafting supplies, participants will be able to keep their prototype
Option 2 $8 per participant
  presentation, access to *basic crafting supplies + clay + legos, participants will be able to keep their prototype
Option 3 $12 per participant
  presentation, access to *basic crafting supplies + clay + legos + real medical devices, participants will be able to keep their prototype

*Bakken MDC Brainstorming and Prototyping Activities are for 5 or more people and include basic crafting supplies: colored paper, tape, glue, pipe cleaners, markers, scissors, foam, popsicle sticks, yarn balls, etc.

An invoice will be sent via the University of Minnesota accounting office after the Bakken MDC Brainstorming and Prototyping Activity. Payment will be made directly to the University of Minnesota.


In compliance with the UMN New Safety of Minors Policy, the Bakken MDC will not be able to provide off-site appearance of the Bakken MDC Operation Goldy where unoccupied minors are present. Minors must be accompanied by another responsible party (i.e. parent, teacher).


Note: No tours will be given on the following dates:

2022 - May 30, July 4, Sept 5, Nov. 24 & 25, Dec. 23, 26 & 30

2023 - Jan. 2 & 16, May 29, July 4, Sept 4, Nov. 23 & 24, Dec. 22, 25 & 26

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