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Lewis Franklin Bost, MBA, IDSA, FAIMBE - VCU College of Engineering. Richmond, VA, US

Lewis Franklin Bost, MBA, IDSA, FAIMBE

Professor Emeritus | Bachelor Product Design, NCSU l Masters of Business Administration, UNC | VCU College of Engineering


Professor Bost's research focuses on innovation, device design and development processes



Career spans: a) recent academic experience in development of innovation and outreach programs, b) professor of the practice with instructing over 50 biomedical engineering development courses, c) development of a Master of Biomedical Innovation and Development degree, d) previous 30+ years of industry experience in product development, marketing, and commercialization of medical devices, consumer, and industrial products.

Industry Expertise (4)

Medical Devices

Advanced Medical Equipment


Management Consulting

Areas of Expertise (7)


Device Design

Development Processes

Entrepreneurial Business Strategy


FDA Quality System Regulations

ISO Medical Device Standards

Accomplishments (3)

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow (professional)


The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., representing the most accomplished individuals in the fields of medical and biological engineering. https://aimbe.org

Georgia Bio, Life Sciences Partnership Community Awards (professional)


Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Design (professional)


Education (4)

National Association of Corporate Directors & Univ. of Georgia: Director's College 1992

Dartmouth College: Tuck Executive Program, Strategy in Business 1986

University of North Carolina: M.B.A., Finance and Strategy 1972

North Carolina State University, College of Design: Bachelor of Product Design, Industrial Design and Development 1968

Affiliations (9)

  • VCU College of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Department
  • Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA)
  • Virginia Biotechnology Association (VABio)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Georgia Biomedical Partnership (Georgia Bio)
  • Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA)
  • North Carolina State University : College of Design Leader's Counsel
  • AdvaMed (Advanced Medical Technology Association)

Media Appearances (7)

VCU holds hackathon for development health-related technology

Commonwealth Times  print


“It’s a different set of problems each [year], and you can see the variety of everything from apps to swim fins to tremor control,” said Franklin Bost, director of the VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine. “It’s very inspiring for students to work on this early on — something you don’t get in class everyday.” “[Students get] the experience of working on something that’s a real need,” Bost said. “And hearing from the people that have a need — some of these are specific to an individual, some of them have application to many more people — but the process is the same.”

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Two Powhatan natives compete with Hyperloop at VCU in international competition

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Powhatan Today)  print


“They’ve stayed focused, grinding it through, addressing issues,” said their faculty adviser L. Franklin Bost, executive associate dean for innovation and outreach in the VCU College of Engineering. “It reminds me a bit of the pits in an auto race where all the teams are still working on their vehicles.” “Some teams pulled out early and the VCU team continued working. They’ve made it through many, many of the qualifications,” Bost said.

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VCU students compete in Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition in California

RVA Hub  online


“This is an amazing group of students,” said Bost. “They are dedicated to representing VCU and are doing the absolute best they can in this competition.”

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VCU Will Build Addition to School of Engineering East Hall

WCVE  radio


VCU is getting ready to begin construction of a $92 million addition to the School of Engineering’s East Hall building at Cary and Belvidere. The project is part of the university’s 2020 Master Site Plan. Associate Dean Franklin Bost said construction of the 133,000 square foot engineering research building will start in the spring with opening expected in 2020. “There are three floors of research labs for mechanical engineering, bio-medical engineering, and also computer science. The bottom floor is for economic development which includes our career services and outreach, internships and co-op programs.” Bost pointed out that the school’s strategic plan, over the past five years, has brought a new energy. “For student education, advancing our research, and economic development for the Commonwealth with also an eye on our global responsibility as citizens.”

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$92M addition slated for VCU School of Engineering

Richmond BizSense  online


VCU is gearing up for its next major construction project, filling out a corner of one of Richmond’s busier intersections. Construction is set to start this fall on a $92 million addition to the School of Engineering’s East Hall building, at the northeast corner of Cary and Belvidere streets. The four-story, 133,000-square-foot building will fill the lawn area alongside Cary beside the East Hall building and adjoining Snead Hall, where the School of Business is housed. The building, included in VCU’s 2020 Master Site Plan, will be used as a research and economic development hub for the engineering school. It will house the school’s career services, a 9,000-square-foot innovation space, and various research labs, said L. Franklin Bost, executive associate dean for the school. “There’ll be a courtyard between that building and the current East Hall and the School of Business,” Bost said, “so it will help solidify the connection with the School of Business.” He said the building will accommodate growth in the school’s research programs and rising faculty count. The building will not house traditional classrooms, he said, noting plans to renovate parts of East Hall and potentially West Hall across Belvidere to add classroom space. “In the last five years, we’ve increased our external research funding by 400 percent, and we want to continue doing that,” Bost said. “We’ve hired approximately 40 new faculty in the last five years.”

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OpenEMR Helps Support Medical Hackathon at Virginia Commonwealth University

Digital Journal  online


OpenEMR is proud to be a contributing sponsor of the 2017 HealthHacks at VCU; a 24-hour event at Virginia Commonwealth University involving engineering, medical, and computer science students coming together to problem solve and innovate on current unmet medical needs. "HealthHacks is a rapid-paced participatory event for students of all disciplines to engage with medical professionals in development and prototyping of solutions for unmet needs in patientcare. It is a very exciting 24-hour engagement event," said L. Franklin Bost, M.B.A., I.D.S.A., executive associate dean for innovation and outreach, director of the VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine and faculty in the Department of Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering.

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Innovation Maker Facility to Nurture Creative Culture

Virginia Engineer  print


Communal makerspaces are central to the popular maker movement, which is often in the news and has risen in prominence in both academic and community facilities. The idea is rooted in creativity and engineering fundamentals, according to L. Franklin Bost, M.B.A., director of VCU’s Institute for Engineering and Medicine and executive associate dean for innovation and outreach. “Maker culture grew out of mechanical and industrial design movements, which launched the Industrial Revolution.” Bost, an experienced product developer and biotechnology entrepreneur, said, “Every industry company I have worked for has had makerspaces to support the development of new products and product improvements. For engineering this really promotes economic development.”

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Event Appearances (2)

How to be a Global Surgical Innovator, Panelist

Virginia Global Surgery Symposium  VCU School of Medicine


VCU Startups Presentations, Panelist

VCU Global Heath Innovation Expo  VCU School of Medicine


Research Focus (1)

Medical Device Development

Pathways in medical device development toward clinical deployment. Beginning with unmet need definition, new concept development, engineering design phases, prototyping, regulatory pathways, market analysis, and strategy, financial planning, then progressing through cGMP and ISO manufacturing, clinical evaluations, reimbursement, marketing, sales, and distribution strategies.

Courses (6)

Vertically Intergrated Projects (VIP@VCU), ENGR 497

Hyperloop is a transportation concept for new, very high-speed movement of goods and people. In summer of 2018, THE VCU@VCU TEAM was one of 18 worldwide finalists in the third SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in California. https://hyperloopatvcu.com Our Hyperloop VIP team is creating a new vehicle design to enter in the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop competition. Design components include: Propulsion, horizontal and vertical suspension, braking, controls software, performance sensors & communications, pod chassis and overall vehicle design. Other key components of the team’s success include product design, marketing communications, sponsorships, fundraising and finance, and project management. Key Activities: Experiential learning activities in design thinking, ideation, creative analysis, engineering solution development, documentation, fundraising and hands-on creation​ and building of a large very high-speed prototype vehicle in a teamwork environment.

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FDA Medical Device Regulations and ISO13485 Standards for Medical Devices

Graduate and undergraduate course discussing the FDA Medical Device Regulation and ISO13485 Standards for Medical Devices. Overview of US FDA regulations and ISO 13485 Standards; how they are similar and where they differ. Essential information for development of medical devices for sales in the USA and ISO regulated counties.

Projects in Biomedical Engineering II

The BMED 2300 course emphasizes learning engineering design processes as applied to medical products and systems. This course will require a higher-level use of modeling, both mathematical and physical, in your problem-solving strategies than BMED 1300. The schedule of lectures and design lab assignments can be found in the schedule document. Class Presentations focus on the design process, engineering design in the commercial enterprise, project planning, FDA regulations on design and manufacturing, human factors and ergonomics, intellectual property and development of written and oral presentation skills. Students will meet in two (2) design lab studios each week focusing on experiencial learning of creative design techniques, prototyping, oral presentations and written design reports. Individual skills development and team projects are an essential component of the studio learning.

BME Capstone (Senior) Design I

Objectives: To inform and engage students in understanding the medical and clinical relevance of healthcare product opportunities and problems, the importance of proper definition of user requirements and functional metrics, to encourage developing creative solutions that address project parameters and metrics, to develop functional or simulated prototypes and in order to perform verification testing and to document proper engineering justification for project solutions. The BME capstone design courses prepare students for future team activities through a project design experience incorporating relevant biomedical and engineering practices, constraints, timelines, deliverables and professional oral and written communications. The biomedical engineering capstone senior design courses provide student teams with hands-on experience with project planning, concept and prototype development, design verification testing, FDA Quality Systems Regulations, design controls and regulatory pathways for commercialization of medical devices.

BME Capstone (Senior) Design II

Georgia Tech BME undergraduate students develop excellent analytical and process skills while taking a broad range of biomedical-focused classes. BME students, whether planning to enter industry, graduate school or medical school, can benefit from knowledge and experience in the interdependence of design and development processes with the multiple business and regulatory functions essential to biomedical product development. The following considerations are essential components of the BME capstone design courses: clinical or research relevant projects, human factors and ergonomics, economic and societal impacts, regulatory standards and compliance, environmental and sustainability issues, ethical, health and safety issues, and political/legislative influences. BME Capstone Design II provide student teams with extended experiences in design verification testing, FDA Quality Systems Regulations, design controls and regulatory pathways for commercialization of medical devices. Additionally, requirements of business functions such as marketing, sales, manufacturing, finance, intellectual property and their affects on the product development process are integrated into class presentations, projects and reports.

Introduction to Engineering and Technology, INNO 225

Mission: A course designed business, art and humanities students that seek an understanding​ of for non-engineering majors. Create awareness and understanding of engineering design approaches so students can apply these principles to their work and increase their effectiveness in communicating and collaborating on technology projects. Description: Introduces engineering and technology fundamentals to students from non-engineering disciplines. Particular focus is the engineering problem-solving process as applied to open-ended problems. Students will be introduced to the different types of engineering, examine engineering and technology issues and apply the engineering problem-solving process.

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Selected Articles (3)

The case for multi-disciplinary capstone design: A quantitative analysis of the impact on job placement and product quality

Proceedings of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) 2012 Annual Meeting

Atlanta, GA, October 24-27.

A quantitative analysis of the effects of a multi-disciplinary engineering capstone design course

Engineering Education, 101(4)

October 2012.

A quantitative analysis of the effects of a multi-disciplinary engineering capstone design course

Proceedings of the Capstone Design Conference 2012

Champaign-Urbana, IL, May 30-June 1.