“Innovation is a discipline that can be both taught and honed,” is one of the mottos behind the Fogarty Institute educational workshop series. These sessions are designed to inspire both early-stage and seasoned entrepreneurs, but also give them insight into the best practices that will help them succeed as they take their ventures to the next level.
Imagine a setting where young patients confined to hospital rooms for weeks at a time have the opportunity to invent and build anything their mind can imagine. That’s the environment that Gokul Krishnan, Ph.D., set out to create when he launched “Maker Therapy,” an initiative born from his Ph.D. research at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education.
As an entrepreneur, mentor, artist, philanthropist and mother of two, Corinne Landphere leads a full and varied life – and has throughout her prolific career in healthcare. This rich background led to the successful launch of Corinne Landphere Consulting, where she has helped numerous companies build successful organizations by focusing on team building,
A long-time friend of Tom Fogarty, the Fogarty Institute and the medtech industry, David Cassak is one of the industry’s most well-respected experts, immersed in all aspects as managing partner of Innovation in MedTech, LLC, the publisher of the MedTech Strategist, where he is co-editor-in-chief. He is a frequent speaker at industry events,
Often referred to as the “second brain,” the gut is garnering increased attention as mounting evidence shows the key role it plays far beyond digesting food in influencing our moods and general health. G-Tech Medical, a Fogarty Institute company, is playing a critical role in helping to better understand the complexities of our gut and its 500 million neurons.
Tom Krummel is one of those rare individuals who has seen and experienced medical innovation from every front, including stints as an academic, surgeon, writer, mentor and administrator. He continues to impact the medtech field and patient care as chairman of the Fogarty Institute and co-director of Stanford Biodesign.
We have been looking forward to sitting down with the new CEO of long-time Fogarty Institute partner El Camino Hospital, which provides a forum where innovators can work directly with experienced, recognized physicians and conduct clinical trials, as four companies-in-residence currently are doing. Dan Woods joined the hospital in the fall of 2017, bringing an entrepreneurial spirit,
As the first and only device cleared by the FDA to collect cells from the fallopian tubes, the Mako 7 device, originally developed by nVision, a Fogarty Institute graduate, offers a potential platform for earlier detection of ovarian cancer. The company was recently acquired by Boston Scientific, as the device represents an exciting opportunity for the company to expand its focus on women’s health and provides a potential platform to improve care for women worldwide.
Navigating through the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) policies, laws, pathways to approval and potential changes to existing regulations can be an intimidating process, especially for new or early-stage medical device startups. However, the organization has done an admirable job at proactively developing educational programs and reaching out to the industry and consumers.
As any successful medtech company knows, developing an innovative device is just the first step in improving patient care. Once that idea has come to fruition, regulatory approval begins, which is why medtech startups need an ally who can help walk them through the process and be their voice with the regulatory bodies who will ultimately grant approval and reimbursement,