José Colucci serves as the Director of Research & Development at the Design Institute for Health, a radical collaboration between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.
Colucci brings decades of experience designing products, services and strategies in healthcare. Before joining the Design Institute, Colucci was a Senior Director and Associate Partner at IDEO—one of the most prominent design and innovation firms in the world—where his 16-year tenure included services and products for pharma, medical devices, research institutions and healthcare delivery.
His interests range from healthcare strategy, trends and innovation in science and technology, medical devices, and service design. He has authored many patents and written on topics spanning the biotech revolution to design thinking. His recent studies include researching and speaking about the impact of aging on society and its implications for the design of products and services. He speaks frequently at conferences and events on topics like design thinking, human-centered design and the future of health care.
Before IDEO, he was the Vice-President of Research & Development at ITI, developer of high-resolution, pen-based computer interfaces in Canada; and prior to that, he was the General Manager of the Medical Engineering Division at FUNBEC - Brazil’s largest manufacturer of medical electronics for cardiology.
Colucci has a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in industrial design from the University of São Paulo, as well as an MS and PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught as a guest lecturer at Harvard, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Olin School of Engineering. He is a member of the advisory board at the University of Malardalen (Sweden) and was a collaborator at Harvard’s Global Health Delivery program. Currently, he holds a part-time teaching appointment at The University of Texas at Austin.