Fogarty Institute for Innovation

Building Upon a Legacy of Innovation

At the Fogarty Institute, we believe innovation is the lifeblood of medical advancement. This conviction drives our seasoned team as we seek unique pathways to bring life-changing medical therapies to market faster. Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty, one of the most noted cardiovascular surgeons and innovators of all time, founded the Institute with the vision of improving patients’ lives while lowering healthcare costs. As an educational nonprofit, we are uniquely positioned to expand on this goal through our programs that cultivate innovators, accelerate the development of their ideas and elevate the global medtech ecosystem.

Working together, we can enhance the lives of countless patients worldwide.

We learn best by doing.
Focusing on Patients

Our core mission is simple: to improve the well-being of patients and their families wherever they may live.

Cultivating the Innovator

We nurture future entrepreneurs through robust educational and mentorship programs.

Accelerating the Therapy

Our programs and collaborations help us advance promising therapies so they can get to market and patients faster.

Elevating the Ecosystem

By bringing together the innovation ecosystem, we help shape global policy and regulation through informed advocacy and find new ways for interested parties to collaborate in advancing medical innovation.

Since our inception, we have mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs, government officials, corporate and healthcare partners, and future innovators.

Fostering innovation through education and incubation.


At the Fogarty Institute, we believe in life-long learning, providing our companies-in-residence with a comprehensive educational curriculum addressing topics such as fundraising, intellectual property, team and organizational development, product development, quality systems, health economics and reimbursement, clinical evidence development, and regulatory affairs and commercialization strategies.

We also extend these resources to a variety of partners in innovation. These include government officials interested in learning the challenges inherent in bringing medical devices to market and larger companies seeking to leverage the innovation talent that resides within the Institute. We are also committed to educating future entrepreneurs and rising industry leaders through our Lefteroff and Ferolyn programs.


The Institute provides unparalleled support to entrepreneurs developing promising new medical devices. In addition to our educational programs, companies also benefit from unlimited access to our team of full-time mentors. This in-depth support allows our mentors to become more than just occasional advisors to a company, but rather true partners in helping them succeed.

Our team’s broad industry experience also allows us to facilitate access to top-tier external resources, including investors, legal counsel, regulatory and quality consultants, CROs and many other capabilities necessary to build a great idea into a great company.

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Our fellowship programs inspire the next generation.

Education and mentorship play an essential role in the Institute’s commitment to foster innovation among young entrepreneurs. The following programs help support this mission:

Lefteroff Fellowship

This summer internship program honors Tracy Lefteroff’s spirit and passion to support entrepreneurs in the life sciences.

Our hands-on opportunity allows college students to work on projects with our companies-in-residence and meet with seasoned industry leaders.

Insight gained through these experiences helps the interns grow and plan their careers in the healthcare industry.

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Ferolyn Fellowship

This fellowship pays tribute to Ferolyn Powell’s deep commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in our industry.

The program supports rising medtech leaders with a strong passion and aptitude to transform healthcare.

Participants undergo an immersive 10-month program of customized mentoring designed to accelerate their careers and nurture leaders who will drive the next wave of medtech innovation.

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FDA Fellowship

The Institute’s unique program with the FDA enhances understanding, communication and collaboration between entrepreneurs and regulators – all to shorten the time to bring new technologies to patients.

FDA employees spend time immersed within the Institute, learning the challenges involved in developing innovative new medical technologies, while our companies develop a deeper understanding of the U.S. regulatory process.

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The benefits of working in medtech are unmatched: When you are successful, you realize you have developed something that will save a patient or relieve pain and suffering.

— Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty

Our strategic partnerships make our success possible.

El Camino Hospital

Thanks to the Institute’s proximity to El Camino Hospital, our medtech startups can identify and solve real clinical needs, while having access to world-class nurses, technicians and physicians who work on healthcare challenges daily and can provide instant feedback on what works and what doesn't.

Companies-in-residence also can conduct clinical research that fine-tunes their solutions.

These opportunities for collaboration ultimately create more effective devices and solutions.

Stanford Biodesign

The Fogarty Institute has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Stanford Biodesign, an esteemed program aimed at advancing healthtech innovation.

Our roots are deep and intertwined: Many of our companies stem from Stanford Biodesign, and their students regularly visit to learn from the early-stage startups and our graduates.

Our staff and board members are part of their mentoring team, and our entrepreneurs benefit from interacting with their world-class experts.

Mature Medtech Companies

As an incubator of carefully selected medtech companies, we offer our corporate partners a unique view into the startup culture, which gives them an opportunity to learn first-hand how to apply our spirit of innovation domestically and abroad.

We offer partner teams an opportunity to co-locate with our startups in an entrepreneurial setting.

At the Fogarty Institute, we know that breakthroughs occur when we learn from each other.

Innovator Community

Underscoring our belief that working together yields better solutions, we have formed strong collaborations with other like-minded organizations focused on medtech advancement.

Our team and entrepreneurs frequently speak at universities, participate in industry-leading events, and engage in discussions with a variety of global companies and hospital administrators to help advance our industry.

We plan to expand our collaborations in an effort to broaden our impact and help elevate the medtech ecosystem as a whole.

Our people make things possible.
Andrew Cleeland
Chief Executive Officer
Greg Bakan
Chief Operating Officer
Gayle Kuokka
Chief Financial Officer
Mike Regan
Chief Innovation Officer
Denise Zarins
Chief Technical Officer
Corinne Landphere
Strategic Consultant
Zach Edmonds
Clinical Advisor
Gretchen Berstler
Program Manager
Marilyn Enderson
Business Manager
Birgit Johnston
Communications Consultant
Tom M. Krummel, MD
Chairman of the Board
Frederick St Goar, MD
Vice Chairman of the Board
Thomas J. Fogarty, MD
Founder & Director
Angela Macfarlane
J. Casey McGlynn
Stacy Enxing Seng
Lewis Wexler, MD
Allan Will
Tracy Lefteroff
Former Director

Thomas Fogarty, MD

Medical pioneer. Patient advocate.

Dr. Fogarty is an internationally recognized cardiovascular surgeon, inventor, entrepreneur and vintner. He has dedicated his entire career to improving patient care and has acquired 165 medical patents for his revolutionary work, including the "industry standard" Fogarty balloon catheter and the widely used Aneurx Stent Graft that replaced the open surgery aortic aneurysm. His inventions heavily influence the way surgery is performed today. Dr. Fogarty has been recognized by countless organizations for his contributions to medical science. Dr. Fogarty founded the Fogarty Institute for Innovation on the campus of El Camino Hospital in 2007 to spur medical device innovation, improve patient care and lower healthcare costs.

  • Founded more than 45 medical device companies
  • Named inventor on 165 surgical instrument patents
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Awarded 2000 Lemelsen-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation
  • Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons
  • Member of the National Hall-of-Fame and Academy of Engineering
  • Co-founder of Three Arch Partners venture capital firm
  • Managing Partner of Emergent Medical Partners
News and Upcoming Events
  • From Our Partners

    20th Annual Thomas J. Fogarty Lecture: Focus on Innovation

    The Fogarty lectureship was established to bring together a diverse community in Silicon Valley focusing on leaders in discovery, invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. This event is sponsored by the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign and the Fogarty Institute for Innovation.

    Time: 4pm | Friday, October 26, 2018

    Location: Clark Center Auditorium

    Registration is now open