Accelerating the development of new medical technologies
The companies currently hosted within Fogarty Innovation span a wide range of sectors and technologies. However they are all united by a common goal—improving patient care.
Autoimmune diseases are the third most common category of disease in the U.S. after cancer and heart disease. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, autoimmune diseases affect up to 27 million people in the U.S. alone. Boomerang Medical is a bioelectronic medicine company developing technology to advance the treatment of autoimmune diseases by harnessing the body’s own “peripheral wiring” in order to manage inflammation and immune response. Boomerang Medical is backed by Arboretum Ventures.
While many of our vital signs are easily obtained, the one test that doctors rely on to make the majority of their diagnoses—the blood test—can take hours, if not days, for results. Chronus Health has developed a portable device that provides lab results in minutes, allowing for real-time diagnosis and thus promising to dramatically improve time-to-care and patient outcomes. The startup has focused its initial efforts on complete blood count (CBC) and comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), which account for 50 percent of all blood tests performed in the United States.
Skin cancer is the most common form of malignancy, with more individuals diagnosed each year than for all other cancers combined. For the last 150 years these malignancies have required an invasive biopsy for diagnosis, but Enspectra is leading a digital transformation in pathology by imaging real-time cellular anatomy in living tissue, without cuts or stains.
Everyplace Labs is advancing a new model of remote healthcare delivery, enabled by self-service diagnostics. The company is developing a self-service kiosk for diagnostic testing at essential worksites. Their solution promises to automate testing and the processes that surround onsite testing operations, with an initial focus on COVID-19. For essential employers, Everyplace Labs aims to offer a cost-effective, turnkey testing solution that maximizes employee productivity and testing compliance.
Up to 60 million individuals in the U.S. suffer from debilitating gastrointestinal disorders. G-Tech Medical is developing a wearable technology aimed at improving outcomes and reducing costs by non-invasively monitoring gastrointestinal tract activity.
One hundred seventy-eight million adults in the United States are missing at least one tooth, and a surprising 40 million are missing all their teeth. Currently, dental implants are the top choice of treatment, yet less than two percent of those impacted by tooth loss are able to reap the benefits due to limited accessibility, high cost, high risk and long treatment time. iDentical is leveraging the latest 3D technology to offer a safer, faster and more affordable solution through its drill-free, non-invasive dental implants.
Approximately 50 percent of all women in the U.S. will suffer symptoms of a pelvic floor disorder resulting from childbirth by the time they turn 55, and over 20 million suffer from pelvic pain. Materna has developed an obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) platform of medical devices: the first, Prep, is aimed at preventing maternal pelvic injuries during childbirth and shortening delivery time; the second, Milli, is helping treat pelvic pain and dyspareunia.
As the third-leading cause of death worldwide, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of diseases that causes airway blockage and breathing problems. These diseases include chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Ryme is focused on alleviating the suffering of patients who struggle to breathe by targeting the autonomous nervous system. The condition impacts more than 375 million people worldwide at an annual cost of approximately $50 billion and is a huge burden to healthcare systems around the world. Ryme has already received its first funding from Santé Ventures.
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Current chronic therapies for short bowel syndrome (SBS), a malabsorption disorder caused by the lack of a functional small intestine, include expensive medication and intestinal surgery. These approaches have low success rates and a staggering average 5-year cost of care of $1.6 million per patient. Eclipse Regenesis is developing the first restorative therapy for pediatric and adult SBS patients with the Eclipse XL1 Distraction Enterogenesis System, which harnesses the body’s own tissue regenerative capabilities to produce new, fully functional intestine. The startup has raised a seed round of funding, been awarded numerous grants, has a growing IP portfolio and has been published in over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles.
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Vincent Gaudiani, MD
Dr. Gaudiani is the senior cardiac surgeon at Pacific Coast Cardiac & Vascular Surgeons. He is also surgeon-in-chief of the California Pacific Medical Center Heart Institute and director of cardiac surgery at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. With more than 10,000 heart operations under his belt, Dr. Gaudiani is one of the most prolific practitioners in cardiovascular surgery.
Chad Rammohan, MD
Dr. Rammohan is an interventional cardiologist practicing at El Camino Health’s Mountain View hospital and the former medical director of the Norma Melchor Heart and Vascular Institute. He has over 25 years of experience in the field, specializing in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.
Eric A. Appel
Eric A. Appel is an assistant professor of materials science & engineering at Stanford University. He received his BS in chemistry and MS in polymer science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; then obtained his PhD in chemistry from the University of Cambridge. During his post-doctoral work, he received a Margaret A. Cunningham Immune Mechanisms in Cancer Research Award. He recently received a Terman Faculty Fellowship from the school of engineering at Stanford University.
James Kintzing, PhD
James Kintzing is a 2019-20 Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship alumnus. He earned his BS in chemistry, molecular biology and mathematics from Grove City College; and his MS and PhD in bioengineering from Stanford University. Prior to his fellowship, he worked as a consultant with Biotech Connection and the Stanford Consulting Student Group.
Brandon McCutcheon, MD
Brandon McCutcheon is a neurosurgeon and a 2019-20 Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowhip alumnus. He received a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and an MD from the University of California, San Diego – School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in neurological surgery at Mayo Clinic. He is the co-founder of Phraze, a digital technology company .
Meg Babakhanian, PhD
Meg Babakhanian is an inventor and entrepreneur in the life science industry with experience in medical devices in a wide range of disciplines. She worked with medical devices, both with start-up and large-scale companies. She led a therapeutic ultrasound neurostimulation device from ideation to prototyping and pre-clinical evaluation. She was involved in the development of the first innovative bionic eye/retinal implant (Second Sight Medical, CA), and design and development of spinal neurostimulation devices at Boston Scientific. Meg currently works at Stanford hospital as an R&D scientist engineer where she practices initial needs-finding, rapid development, clinical evaluation, and commercialization and translation of devices she develops to patient care. Meg participated in the Stanford Biodesign faculty fellowship program and currently, she is an analyst in residence at Health Tech Capital (HTC), a health tech angel group, screening companies and evaluating investment opportunities. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and a Master of Science and her PhD in Bioengineering from UCLA
Paul Wang, MD
Paul Wang is the director of the Stanford Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and professor of medicine and of bioengineering (by courtesy)(since 2003). Dr. Wang is an expert in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, ventricular arrhythmias, supraventricular arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death. He has practiced cardiac electrophysiology as an arrhythmia expert for over 26 years. He was a co-inventor of catheter cryoablation, which has been used to treat over 250,000 patients with atrial fibrillation, and has pioneered new techniques in the management of heart rhythm problems. He has co-authored numerous textbooks and book chapters on catheter ablation, implantable defibrillators, sudden cardiac death, cardiac resynchronization/ biventricular pacing therapy, and innovations in arrhythmia therapy.
Francis Wong, MD, MBA, MPH
Francis Wong holds an MD from Imperial College in London and practiced in the UK’s National Health Service. He also holds an MBA and MPH from UC Berkeley. He is a 2019-20 Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship alumnus and the founder of Outcomes.com, a healthcare IT company that enables the routine collection and use of patient-reported outcomes data at the point of care.
Jay Dhuldhoya is a biomedical engineer and innovator focused on user-centric product design in the consumer health and medical device space. He had experience in early-stage concept development, product realization, design for manufacturing, and pilot launch. Jay is also a 2019-20 Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship alumnus.
Allison Okamura, PhD
Allison Okamura received her BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and her MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University. She is the Richard W. Weiland Professor of Engineering at Stanford University in the mechanical engineering department, with a courtesy appointment in computer science. She is an IEEE Fellow and is currently the co-general chair of the 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems and a deputy director of the Wu Tsai Stanford Neurosciences Institute. Her awards include the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Technical Achievement Award, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award, and Duca Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. Her academic interests include haptics, teleoperation, virtual reality, medical robotics, soft robotics, rehabilitation, and education.
Caitlyn Seim, PhD
Caitlyn Seim works at the intersection of computing devices and the body, aiming to define new methods in healthcare and human augmentation. Her background is in electrical engineering, which enables her to design physical computing devices and hardware. During her PhD at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she specialized in wearable technology and haptics (technology for touch and force feedback). She combines this background with her training in neurology and rehabilitation to design and test new technology-based interventions to improve sensorimotor function. Caitlyn Seim currently works in Stanford’s mechanical engineering department with Allison Okamura and Maarten Lansberg.
Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD
Helen Bronte-Stewart is the John E Cahill Family Professor in Stanford’s department of neurology and neurological sciences. She is a neurologist, neurophysiologist and movement disorders specialist, who has used her training in mathematics and physics, bioengineering, neurology, movement disorders, and single unit electrophysiology in primates to develop a rigorous translational program in motor control research in human subjects with movement disorders. Dr. Bronte-Stewart is the director of the Human Motor Control and Neuromodulation Laboratory, where she has developed computerized, quantitative measurements of motor behavior, which are being implemented in a wide range of movement disorders
Patrick McGlynn, MD
Dr. McGlynn is a nephrologist at Sutter Health-Palo Alto Medical Foundation. He was previously an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and an interventional nephrologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received his MD from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in internal medeicine and nephrology at Boston Medical Center.
Fabio Komlos, MD
Dr. Komlos is an interventional radiologist with Sutter Health – Palo Alto Medical Foundation. He earned his MD at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, and completed his internship in general surgery at Mayo Clinic, his residency at Beath Israel Deaconess Medical Center-Harvard Medical School, and fellowship at Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute. He also completed a Fogarty Fellowship in endovascular interventions.
Rohit is a medical device consultant with 17 years of experience taking medical devices from the requirements definition and concept stage to product development, clinical trials and regulatory approvals, through manufacturing transfer and launch. He is experienced at building and managing engineering teams, and his regulatory experience includes 510(k)s and PMAs including drug-device combination products and electromechanical devices with software. Rohit has more than 30 issued US Patents/pending applications. He holds an MS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
Marc Melcher, MD, PhD
Dr. Melcher is a professor of surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center. After receiving his BA in biochemistry from Harvard University, he completed his medical doctorate at Columbia University and a PhD in molecular biology at UC Berkeley. He was formerly the president of the San Francisco Surgical Society. Now, at Stanford, he does research and clinical trials on organ transplantation and is interested in implementing AI algorithms in making decisions in transplantation surgery. He practices at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
Keith Hansen, MD
Dr. Keith Hansen is a UCSF general surgery resident and the founder of DIATIRO – a medical device company. He earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Purdue University. While at Purdue, Dr. Hansen received a gubernatorial appointment to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and worked in the state legislature. He spearheaded the initial donation and organized students and faculty in Purdue’s Colleges of Engineering, Technology & Arts to create an innovation design building – a 24/7 mentored maker’s space that was completed in 2017. Dr. Hansen worked in engineering roles at Abbott and Akina before obtaining his medical degree from Indiana University, where he served as president of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Hansen is a graduate of the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship, where he trained in the needs-based process of identification, invention, and implementation of medical devices.
Todd Coleman, PhD
Todd P. Coleman is an associate professor in the department of bioengineering, and by courtesy, electrical engineering at Stanford University. He received BS degrees in electrical engineering (summa cum laude), as well as computer engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Michigan. He received MS and PhD degrees from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science. He did postdoctoral studies at MIT and Mass General Hospital in quantitative neuroscience. Dr. Coleman’s research is very multi-disciplinary, using tools from applied probability, physiology, and bioelectronics. Examples include optimal transport methods in high-dimensional uncertainty quantification and developing technologies and algorithms to monitor and modulate physiology of the nervous systems in the brain and visceral organs. He has served as a principal investigator on grants from the NSF, NIH, Department of Defense, and multiple private foundations. Dr. Coleman is an inventor on 10 granted US patents.
Sumit Bhargava, MD
Dr. Bhargava is a clinical professor of pediatrics at Stanford University. He is an experienced pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician, and focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia. He is particularly passionate about design innovation in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea and respiratory disease in children.In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Bhargava also helps teach the Practice of Medicine course at the Stanford School of Medicine and helps mentor and guide medical students. He is a faculty affiliate at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence and a member of the Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute.