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 not be having any tours or visitors until further notice.

"I would like to thank you all for giving my BCQ students and I a tour of The Medical Devices Center. It allowed my students to see the other half of the biological side that they usually don't get to see. During the tour we discussed the collaboration of different professions and inventing new ideas that could help solve health related problems. My students were intrigued by this because they don't actively think about this or get to visit a building that does what you do. After the tour, one of my students expressed an interest in engineering and that's all thanks to you guys for allowing us to tour your facility. We would love to schedule another tour for future BCQ Students."

- Kao Vang, BCQ Student Leader

The Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center (Bakken MDC) is located in the heart of the Academic Health Center on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities Campus. The Bakken MDC Tour will highlight the state-of-the-art 8,000+ square ft. facility that is configured to promote interdisciplinary medical device development including needs assessment, creative brainstorming, prototyping and testing.

The Bakken MDC was established in 2007 under the directorship of Arthur Erdman. The center has a combined mission of basic research, applied and translational research, education and training, and outreach and public engagement all related to medical devices. The center helps train the next generation of medical device inventors (including the Innovation Fellows Program) and foster new relationships with the medical device industry and various government agencies in an effort to improve health care worldwide.

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: 25

Estimated tour length: 30-60 minutes

Estimated tour length with prototyping activity: 90 minutes

Pricing for MDC 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:

2020 - May 25, July 3, Aug. 26, Sept 7., Nov. 26-27, Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31

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