Arun Shanbhag: Guiding Innovation

“Failure can be a great teacher. It’s really okay to fail, and it’s never the end of the road. If there was one thing I’d like to ask students to change, it would be to not fear failure”

Arun Shanbhag is the Chief Innovation Officer of the Manipal University Technology Business Incubator. He has served as the Senior Advisor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Principal at the Innovation Support Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA.  

Arun Shanbhag was raised in Mumbai. He completed his BE in Electrical Engineering from the MIT, Manipal and MS and PhD in Bioengineering, Biomaterials from Clemson University. Dr. Shanbhag also has an MBA from Boston University.  Apart from his extensive publications in scientific and medical journals, he has also compiled a textbook for orthopaedic surgeons and residents. He is the author of Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms, in which he has compiled sacred hymns from the Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas.

Dr. Shanbhag is an avid blogger at  He has run in various marathons like the Boston and Marine Corps.

In his position at the MUTBI, Dr. Shanbhag guides young innovators and helps them realize their vision. The centre provides a working space for students to develop their ideas and thus helps them get to the best solution. “Coming up with an idea that’s sensible and marketable at the same time is a very long and arduous process. A lot of people come in with a good idea, but we ask them to think of their solution from a different perspective after providing further insights into the actual problem itself, and challenge them to ensure that their solution is indeed the best one that exists,”  he says in an interview, talking about what is on offer at the MUTBI.


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