Franz Baudenbacher named 2023 Master Innovator at Vanderbilt

Franz Baudenbacher, associate professor of biomedical engineering and physics and deputy director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE), is one of four Vanderbilt entrepreneurs and innovators recognized by the university’s Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization (CTTC) recognizes excellence in innovation through its Master Innovator Recognition Program.


Baudenbacher has made significant contributions to health care technology through his research in the field of biomedical engineering and physics. Part of his work focuses on developing innovative solutions to advance the field of cardiac electrophysiology, microfluidic, biosensors and instrumentation, which has led to the launch of several companies he co-founded, including InvisionHeart LLC. Baudenbacher’s research activities have led to 42 U.S. patents and applications, resulting in 12 technology licenses.

InvisionHeart, a wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) system invented at Vanderbilt and marketed by a Nashville company, was co-founded by Baudenbacher and Susan Eagle, MD, professor of Anesthesiology. The device received FDA approval in 2015. The device addresses the widespread problem of slow and insecure transmission of ECG data within and between hospitals. What used to take hours now takes only minutes, which has improved the survival rates of patients.

Awardees have demonstrated excellence in a select number of key commercialization categories, including new inventions disclosed, patent applications filed and issues, new companies formed, technology licenses executed, commercialization revenue generated, and products on the market—all based on the candidate’s innovations created at Vanderbilt. Awardees are memorialized as a member of the CTTC Innovators’ Hall of Fame.

The three other 2023 awardees include Eagle, Richard Caprioli, professor of Biochemistry and director of the Mass Spectrometry Research Center; and C. David Weaver, associate professor of Pharmacology.