Interdisciplinary Surgical Technology and Innovation Center

Incubating the Future of Disruptive Innovation

INSTINCT (The Interdisciplinary Surgical Technology and Innovation Center) aims to incubate, identify, develop, and deploy disruptive surgical systems and technologies into the clinic.

Our Technology and Innovation projects coalesce in a synergistic approach to offer paradigm-shifting solutions to critical surgical complications. In addition, INSTINCT offers a clear and fast track policy to implement, adopt, and trial these technologies within its affiliated healthcare network. 

Working with its academic, government, and industrial partners, and organized, run, and managed by the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Surgery Incubator (aka DoSI), INSTINCT offers a truly unique experience to its participants and is aligned with the mission of making the Texas Medical Center the ‘Third Coast’ for medical innovation and technologies.

INSTINCT offers unique resources to allow for prototype development and networking. Such examples are:

INSTINCT Incubator

The heart and soul of INSTINCT (aka Department of Surgery Incubator, DoSI). Founded in 2013 by Dr. Billy Cohn, it has gained great momentum and experience in assisting with fabrication and prototyping of medical devices and technologies. We currently have 32+ projects ongoing and seek innovative ‘makers and minders’ to help us build working proof of concepts.

INSTINCT Think Tanks

Bi-monthly working group focusing on various ideas and solutions to overcome current problems in surgery and healthcare in general.

INSTINCT Innovation Campaigns

Back-to-back four-month innovation projects for ‘makers and minders’ who are funded to build, prototype, and patent ongoing INSTINCT projects. These campaigns are tailor-made and ideal for undergraduate engineers wishing to get hands on experience.

INSTINCT Hackathons

Our short duration prototype challenges.

INSTINCT Innovation Challenges

Our annual INSTINCT challenge runs online for two-months over the summer period and is focused on specific needs in healthcare. We also have spontaneous challenges pop up when needed.

INSTINCT Summer Innovation Program

An intensive six-week innovation program offered to students and interested participants.

INSTINCT Surgical Collaboration Day

Our annual event dedicated to foster innovation and collaboration within the TMC community and beyond.