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Tom Krummel, MD, Believes Continuous Learning Is at the Heart of a Successful Career

He almost needs no introduction, and yet, we would be remiss in not sharing a few of his finest traits: A contagious passion for our industry, an affinity for finding better solutions and an enthusiasm to share his insight and knowledge.

Q&A With Jeff Elkins, COO of InterVene

Jeff Elkins, a seasoned medtech executive with experience in both startups and larger companies, was recently hired as chief operating officer of InterVene, a Fogarty Institute graduate that has developed a minimally invasive device for the treatment of venous disease in the legs.

Mobile Makerspace Concept for Hospitalized, Chronically Ill Patients Is Officially On the Move

What started as a vision to use a mobile makerspace as a tool to inspire young, chronically ill patients to learn, create and innovate – and help make lengthy hospital stays more palatable – is now becoming a reality, thanks to the generous support of Sheri Sobrato Brisson, a long-time supporter of seriously and chronically ill children,

J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference Brings Opportunities As It Hosts a Who’s Who In the Life Sciences Industry

With luminaries such as Joe Biden, Bill Gates and Anne Wojcicki as keynote speakers, the J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference continues to be one of the most prominent events of its kind. This January, it was once again hosted in San Francisco, widely considered one of the meccas of the medtech industry.

Spotlight: Amanda French, Ferolyn Fellow

Unplanned pregnancies could someday be a thing of the past, thanks to Cadence, a company started by Amanda French, one of the new Ferolyn Fellows.

As a child, she knew she wanted to be in healthcare, potentially as a doctor – she loved to help people and had a knack for science and math,

Q&A with Gregory Burns, Motivational Speaker, Artist, Author, Athlete

Every now and then you meet someone who deeply inspires you to strive to be the best individual and leader you can be – and who shows you the value and role of soft skills, like grit, creativity and communication, to not only survive the daily challenges we all face, but to thrive despite them.

Healyx Changes Lives by Treating Chronic Wounds

Lower-cost, more-effective treatments are the hallmark of many Fogarty Institute companies, and that is the principle Healyx is living up to with its device that provides gold standard care for a chronic problem at a significant cost reduction.

Non-healing wounds are a critical global issue, with over eight million Medicare patients afflicted at an annual cost of $31.7 billion in the U.S.

Stanford Neurosurgeon and Entrepreneur Inspires Audience at 20th Annual Fogarty Lecture

This year’s annual Thomas J. Fogarty Lecture marked a milestone with the celebration of its 20thanniversary. The series, hosted by Stanford Biodesign and co-sponsored by the Fogarty Institute, started as a gathering to discuss and promote medical innovation with approximately 30 people in attendance. Since then, it has grown into a preeminent opportunity to learn from the most notable innovators in health technology.

Spotlight: Neil Zimmerman, Ferolyn Fellow

Neil Zimmerman came to the current class of Ferolyn Fellows with a good idea of how much he would learn and how it would benefit his career. That’s because he currently works as R&D engineering manager at Half Moon Medical, a company housed within The Foundry, where he works alongside Matt McLean,

Q&A with Kevin Longo, Northeast Head of Medical Device and Digital Health, Silicon Valley Bank

A banking partner who truly understands your industry and unique business challenges can make all the difference to a company’s success. And that’s what Silicon Valley Bank aims to do – in their words, “help innovators, enterprises and investors move bold ideas forward, fast.”

A key player in that ambitious agenda is Kevin Longo,

Alydia Health Raises $10M in Series B Financing; Company Aims to Eradicate PPH Globally

Fogarty Institute graduate Alydia Health, formerly known as InPress Technologies, is well on its way to conducting a pivotal study, thanks to the closing of a recent $10M Series B round led by Global Health Investment Fund. The U.S. study aims to prove the safety and efficacy of its novel device, the Jada System, in stopping postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) —

The Combination of High Touch and High Tech are Imperative: How Soft Skills Contribute to Leadership Success

Virtually every business talk or news story today emphasizes the revolutionary new technological advances that will transform the job landscape. And it’s true – technologies such as artificial intelligence, robots and digital platforms are already enhancing the way we work.

But often lost in the focus on these shiny new objects, is the need for workers to nimbly adapt to new environments,

Q&A With Holly Rockweiler, CEO and Co-Founder of Madorra

A former Stanford Biodesign Fellow and Fogarty Institute entrepreneur, 32-year-old Holly Rockweiler has already had remarkable accomplishments early in her career, fluently moving her startup to the next level.

Most notably, Holly has parlayed Madorra’s impressive study results into securing funding, including winning several pitching competitions, despite the chronically challenging medtech fundraising environment.

Spotlight: Ridhi Tariyal, Ferolyn Fellow

Each year, the caliber of professionals who participate in the Ferolyn Fellowship continues to impress us. Hailing from diverse parts of the healthcare spectrum, they all share an undeniable passion for the medtech industry, coupled with curiosity and the tenacity to solve large problems. In addition, it’s clear that they desire to be part of a community committed to not only accelerating their own career path,

InterVene Makes Strides in Venous Interventional Space

Fogarty Institute graduate InterVene, a startup that has developed a minimally invasive device for the treatment of venous disease in the legs, has treated the 10th patient in their ongoing, multi-center, feasibility study in New Zealand and Australia.

Ferolyn Fellowship Welcomes New Class; Showcases Benefits of “Connecting Bright Minds”

Learning to build a healthy company culture; becoming an empathetic, yet effective, leader; and giving back to individuals and the industry are just a few of the important skill sets learned by the Ferolyn Fellows. They are also key traits embodied by the program’s namesake, Ferolyn Powell.

New Fogarty Institute Company Lume Medical Developing a Large Bore Vascular Closure Device, a Key Benefit to Cardio Patients

When a cardiovascular intervention is called for, a less-invasive solution is always preferred – which is why percutaneous procedures, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) are on the rise.

But this trend hasn’t been without its drawbacks, as cardiologists and surgeons are now faced with the challenge of closing relatively large femoral access sites – ranging from three to eight millimeters in size – that are required to conduct these procedures.

Spotlight: Gayle Kuokka, Fogarty Institute CFO

The Fogarty Institute prides itself on hiring staff members who are as innovative and impressive as its companies-in-residence. That means that not only must they have the skill sets for the specific job, but they also come with a well-rounded background and passion for the industry and the startup environment, thus allowing them to inspire our colleagues and mentor our entrepreneurs.

Q&A with Lewis Wexler, MD, Fogarty Institute Board Member

The strength of a board comes from the diverse experiences of its members, their passion for the mission and their ability to provide sage advice. Lewis (Lew) Wexler, MD, one of the Fogarty Institute’s inaugural members, joined the board as the organization’s mission and structure were still being formed and over the years has been a staunch ally and supporter of its educational approach.

A Summer to Remember: Lefteroff Interns Gain Valuable Insight Into the Medtech Industry and Career Best Practices

There’s nothing more inspiring than working with interns and feeding off their curiosity and eagerness to learn more about the life sciences industry. That’s why the Lefteroff Fellowship remains one of our favorite programs here at the Institute.

Now in its fifth year, it continues to evolve, thanks to our expanding collaboration with El Camino Hospital physicians,

Spotlight: Anura Patil, Ferolyn Fellow

Throughout her career, Ferolyn Fellow Anura Patil has sought to solve large problems that deeply impact people’s lives, by addressing the technical and commercial challenges that are bound to arise. An advocate of diverse and cross-functional teams, she has also focused on developing strong communities of women at her workplace and school. Today she is bringing that passion and skillset to Tueo Health as COO,

Q&A with Casey McGlynn, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Fogarty Institute Board Member

Casey McGlynn’s roots in the medical device industry go back over 40 years. During much of that period he has had the good fortune to observe and work with Tom Fogarty as a surgeon, inventor, company founder, investor and board member. Today Casey is a board member at the Fogarty Institute and a partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich &

EchoPixel Poised to Revolutionize the Operating Room of the Future

Among the hottest topics in healthcare is the “operating room of the future,” which is on the brink of transformation as new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), voice recognition, digital technology and augmented reality are integrated.

And at the forefront is EchoPixel, a Fogarty Institute graduate that has created an interactive,

Inside Tips on IP: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

“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.

Gokul Krishnan Visits Fogarty Institute to Share His Vision of Using Makerspaces to Inspire Young Patients to Learn, Create and Innovate

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.

Spotlight: Corinne Landphere, Fogarty Institute Coach and Team Building Advisor

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,

Q&A with David Cassak, Managing Partner of Innovation in MedTech, LLC

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,

A Better Kind of “Gut Check”

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.

Spotlight: Tom Krummel, MD, Fogarty Institute Chairman of the Board

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.

Q&A with Dan Woods, CEO of El Camino Hospital

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,

nVision’s Acquisition Positions Innovative Technology to Potentially Help Millions of Women

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.

The One Clear Message from the FDA? “We are Here to Help”

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.

Q&A with Mark Leahey, CEO of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association 

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,

Rep. Khanna Shares His Views on Technology and Education as Keys to Continued American Success

“A truly prosperous American economy is one that is diversified, driven by innovation and works for all people. I believe that to achieve this across the country, we must embrace technology and use it as a vehicle to put people to work. I support advanced American manufacturing, as well as a nationwide investment in high-tech apprenticeships and worker training programs.”

Prescient’s CleanCision Helps Prevent Surgical Site Infections With Revolutionary Active Cleansing Technology

Prescient’s CleanCision has been shown to reduce Surgical Site Infection risk by 61 percent.

Spotlight: K. Angela Macfarlane, Institute Board Member; Founder, Managing Member and CEO of ForSight Labs, LLC

Angela Macfarlane Brings Decades of Medtech Experience and Mentoring Acumen to Fogarty Institute Board

Some people’s careers are a straight path, while others are a winding road. The latter was the case for Angela Macfarlane. After all, not many people can say they started their career in the field of law as a judicial extern for the United States District Court,

Japan Biodesign Fellows from Osaka, Tokyo, and Tohuko Universities visited the Fogarty Institute

Japan Biodesign and Other Organizations from Around the Country and the World Visit the Institute to Learn about Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Nihon Kohden Innovation Center Chooses Fogarty Institute as Entrepreneurial Partner

Nihon Kohden, the leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of medical electronic equipment, has had an illustrious history in innovation since its inception in 1951,

Q&A with Zachary Edmonds, MD, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Hospitalist; Fogarty Institute Mentor

Zach Edmonds shares his view on the intersection between medical practice and innovation

On the surface, you may not realize how many traits clinicians and entrepreneurs share, but Zachary (Zach) Edmonds, MD, has been able to successfully pursue both fields. While he was intrigued by the human body and its ability to heal and adapt

Monthly Spotlight: Elizabeth McDermott, Founder, Ferolyn Fellowship

Unconditional passion for the industry. A patient-first mindset. Grit. A selfless willingness to give back to the field to help advance the next generation of entrepreneurs and inventors.

These are just a few of the traits that describe the individuals drawn to the medical device industry, and one of the aspects that makes it so unique and strong.

A Special “Workbench” Session Honors Medtech Innovation’s Past and Present

A Special “Workbench” Session Honors Medtech Innovation’s Past and Present

When you think of medtech innovation, there are few individuals who were as influential and inspiring as Tracy Lefteroff, which was why it was so fitting that the recent Stanford Biodesign “From the Innovator’s Workbench” honored his legacy.

Zebra Medical Technologies’ Device Provides an Answer to Deluge of Skin Cancer Screenings

Zebra Medical Technologies’ Device Provides an Answer to Deluge of Skin Cancer Screenings

American dermatologists experienced 7.5 million office visits for suspected non-melanoma skin cancer in 2017, and a number of factors are indicating these numbers are liable to increase.

Dr. Fogarty Continues His Legacy at Age 84, With No Signs of Slowing Down

With age, comes wisdom, and although no one who knows Dr. Fogarty would call him “old,” there’s no doubt his wisdom benefits us all.

Dr. Fogarty, who celebrated his 84th birthday on February 25, is an inspiration to us all. Most of us know his many accomplishments, but for those who don’t, he is one of the most notable cardiovascular surgeons and innovators of all time and recipient of the prestigious Presidential National Medal of Technology and Innovation,

Mike Regan Joins the Fogarty Institute as Chief Innovation Officer

As the Fogarty Institute continues to expand and strengthen its services and broaden its relationships, it has hired medtech industry professional Michael (Mike) Regan as chief innovation officer.

Mike comes to the Institute with 35 years of industry experience, spanning a broad range of positions in general management, product development, operations, sales and marketing,

Fogarty Institute Closes Prestigious MedTech Strategist Innovation Summit 2017

Industry conferences seem to bring out the best in participants as different entities come together to support and learn from one another. The close-knit medtech ecosystem is no exception, as entrepreneurs and industry leaders attended the recent MedTech Strategist Innovation Summit in San Francisco, united in their mission to advance patient care.

A 38-year-old patient immediately after being treated with CyberHeart’s technology

CyberHeart, a startup that is developing the world’s first non-invasive treatment for cardiac arrhythmias, has experienced tremendous clinical successes in the past few months.

“This is a game changer,” (for patients with irregular heart rhythm), said Dr. Melvin Scheinman, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and past president of the Heart Rhythm Society,

Monthly Spotlight: Shreya Mehta, Ferolyn Fellow

Like many successful medtech entrepreneurs and Ferolyn Fellows, Shreya Mehta has a passion and knack for building and finding solutions to challenging and unsolved problems — skills which led her to co-found and launch Zenflow.

Monthly Spotlight: Stacy Enxing Seng

At the Fogarty Institute we depend on our board of seasoned professionals to help us continue to grow and adapt to the medtech market. That’s why we were delighted to add another elite name to our esteemed group, with Stacy Enxing Seng joining as our newest member. With nearly 30 years of experience in the medtech industry,

Clinical Evidence and Health Economics

Seminar Reviews the Importance of Clinical Evidence and Health Economics in Getting to Market

Many medical device entrepreneurs believe that the single most important milestone to achieve in gaining market adoption of their technology is regulatory approval. While certainly an essential step, it is often not sufficient.

Julia Fox, Ferolyn Fellow

At the onset of her studies at Johns Hopkins University as a Biomedical Engineering student, Julia Fox knew she wanted her career path to be one that would make an impact on health and healthcare.

That devotion underscores a number of career moves she has made along the way, eventually bringing her to the Fogarty Institute as a Ferolyn Fellow,

EchoPixel’s technology plays critical role in success of conjoined twins surgery

“There is a better way” is a common mantra heard frequently in discussions between Fogarty Institute mentors and its entrepreneurs. It’s what drives us each day to devise and create new technologies that will transform patient care. And while the process is not always easy, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a successful patient outcome as a result of a device that was created right here,

Spotlight: Matt McLean, Ferolyn Fellow

Knowledgeable, articulate and already on a solid career path, it’s easy to understand why Matt McLean, senior engineering manager at Medtronic, was selected to be part of the first group of Ferolyn Fund fellows.

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

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