CSE Professor Hubert Lim named director of Bakken Medical Devices Center

Lim will promote commercialization of medical technologies and build industry partnerships

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (02/23/2024) —University of Minnesota Twin Cities Biomedical Engineering Professor Hubert Lim has been selected as the next director of the University's Earl E. Bakken Medical Device Center (Bakken MDC).

In this role, Lim will oversee a wide range of responsibilities and commitments within Bakken MDC and the Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM)’s Innovation Pillar.

His role will continue Bakken MDC and the IEM Innovation Pillar’s mission to facilitate translational engineering research and promote the commercialization of medical technologies generated by clinicians and engineers at the University of Minnesota and M Health Fairview. Additionally, Lim’s work will continue to build collaborations with local, national, and global medical technology industries to advance translational research and improve clinical care, as well as facilitate training for the next generation of medical technology innovators.

"We are very excited to welcome Dr. Lim to our leadership team," said Mechanical Engineering Professor John Bischof, IEM Director and Medtronic-Bakken Endowed Chair for Engineering in Medicine. "We look forward to seeing how he’ll apply his rich expertise in research, innovation, and entrepreneurship to Bakken MDC so that it can continue to improve technology and clinical care for societal benefit by catalyzing engineering and medical science partnerships; integrating cell, molecular and genome science with medical technologies; and building a diverse and equitable culture that connects biomedical engineering ecosystems across communities and society."

Lim has been at the University for 14 years and began as an Institute for Translational Neuroscience Scholar. In addition to his role as a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (College of Science and Engineering), he holds the Endowed Lions Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology (Medical School). He also is co-director of the University's Center for Neural Engineering. 

Lim's research focuses on neuromodulation technologies, wearable medical devices, and integrative health approaches that aim to develop new stimulation treatments for hearing disorders, pain, and inflammatory conditions. Additionally, he is currently involved with two start-up companies, serving as the chief scientific officer of Neuromod Devices developing a tinnitus treatment device and SecondWave Systems developing a wearable ultrasound device for treating immune disorders. 

Lim has received numerous awards, including the Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award in Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience, the Institute for Engineering in Medicine Faculty Career Development Award, and the Institute for Engineering in Medicine Outstanding Service Award.