Innovation Fellows Alumni
BENJAMIN ARCAND, PhD (Inaugural Class 2008-2009)
"To be honest, [the Innovation Fellowship] is probably the most interesting and enjoyable thing that I've done so far."
Dr. Ben Arcand is an engineer and product innovator with over 10 years of experience in the medical devices industry. Named one of Minnesota's top inventors by Twin Cities Business Magazine, Dr. Arcand has contributed to close to 50 published patent applications and is named on a dozen medical device patents. His product development interests range over a variety of clinical areas and he has been passionate in understanding and promoting creativity and innovation methods through his industry work and his former role as Director of the Innovation Fellows Program at the University of Minnesota's Medical Devices Center.
Dr. Arcand began his career in medical device innovation through his PhD research at Michigan Technological University which focused on the development of novel fluidic microactuators to deliver high-density silicon electrode arrays for cochlear implants. After receiving his doctorate in mechanical engineering, Dr. Arcand joined Boston Scientific's Advanced Process Technologies (APT) group to develop new technologies that would enable the next generation of cardiac stents and delivery systems including designs that incorporated features such as elecotrospun biodegradable nanofibers and methods for coating and delivering biodegradable drug delivery platforms for stents. Dr. Arcand was quickly recognized on as an innovative leader with the company and as one of the largest contributors to intellectual property disclosures across the company.
Dr. Arcand joined the inaugural class of Innovation Fellows at the University of Minnesota to pursue a broader knowledge and understanding of innovative medical device development in 2008. Their work for that year led to disclosures on 16 novel devices and several patents, including a new delivery technology for sinusitis therapy delivery which Dr. Arcand founded Labyrinth Medical to pursue the commercialization of the technology.
In 2010, Dr Arcand joined American Medical System's Women's Health R&D Group to develop new products. He helped establish a new innovation process at the company called Targeted Innovation and worked directly with physicians to develop several product platforms for incontinence, prolapse and colorectal disorders. Dr. Arcand was recognized with AMS's Innovation Award for the development of a new device platform technology and material to address problems of erosion and pain associated with pelvic meshes and tissue anchors.
After leaving AMS, Dr. Arcand worked as an independent engineering consultant and Chief Medical Innovations Engineer at Kablooe Design until he was asked to return to the University of Minnesota to direct the Innovation Fellows Program. Currently he's stepped down as director in order to transition back to commercial device development and pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. In the interim, as a new director is identified, he'll continue to support the program as a mentor and interim associate director.
(Last updated December 2015)