Background

The Lefteroff Internship was formed in 2013 in memory of the late Tracy Lefteroff, a former Fogarty Innovation board member and global managing partner at PwC. Tracy was an influential leader in venture capital-funded life sciences companies and was widely regarded for his perspectives on the industry. His commitment to mentoring and educating the next generation of students, entrepreneurs and innovators in life sciences is carried on through this program.

In fact, Fogarty Innovation believes in education that lasts a lifetime. That’s why we have designed the Lefteroff summer internship program for college students. We want to pique their interest in the healthcare industry and provide valuable on-the-job experience for young people who are just starting to explore career options.

Each summer we host U.S. and international students, and introduce them to the extraordinary world of medical technology. Our hands-on program offers students the opportunity to shadow and work on projects with our startups and medical technology partners, learn from the best in the industry through our mentorship program, and receive guidance from industry experts on their best career paths and choices.

The exposure gained from interacting and learning from inventors, physicians, engineers, business strategy and marketing experts, clinical and regulatory consultants, fundraising and operations experts, lawyers, investors, and other professionals, offer our interns invaluable knowledge and experience that helps shape their future career decisions.

The Lefteroff Internship was founded by PwC, Fogarty Innovation (FI) and the California Healthcare Institute.

Program Goals

The goal of the Lefteroff Internship is to honor Tracy’s legacy by providing college students real-world, hands-on experience and mentoring that will inspire them to join the extraordinary world of medical innovation. Set in a creative and collaborative environment, interns learn, work and network with our entrepreneurs, Fogarty Innovation staff members, outside industry experts and physicians. Through this experience, the interns gain a broader view of the medtech landscape and careers available in the healthcare industry.

Program Objectives

The program is designed to strengthen the medical device ecosystem by inspiring and educating the next generation of innovators. The Lefteroff interns will gain real-world experience in developing new medical devices, while also participating in a structured curriculum of activities designed to provide a broad view of their many career choices and the medical innovation ecosystem. In turn, the Fogarty Companies-In-Developement benefit by having access to upcoming, talented individuals to work on specified projects throughout the summer.

Program Overview

The Lefteroff Internship is an intensive eight-week program comprised of four main components:

Immersion with Fogarty Innovation startups

Lefteroff interns are paired with a host Company-in-Development, taking a deep dive into one particular company and specific projects that leverage and hone their skillsets via real-world experience.

Exposure to medical professionals and clinical medicine

FI coordinates meetings with physicians with different specialties as well as shadowing and/or clinical observation days at El Camino Health’s Mountain View hospital. This helps students understand what it’s like to be a physician and how they contribute to the medical device ecosystem.

Interaction with the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem

FI coordinates meetings with a broad range of industry leaders to expand the interns’ understanding of how innovators obtain funding and how companies evolve from early-stage into mature businesses. Examples include meetings with Stanford Biodesign, other incubators, FI senior staff, venture capitalists or later-stage companies, such as Abbott Labs, Medtronic and J&J.

Education Programs

Lefteroff interns participate in a core curriculum that provides a broader understanding of what it takes to develop medical devices and showcases potential career opportunities. They are invited to join more advanced educational programs developed specifically for Companies-in-Development. The core curriculum may include the following introductory seminars:

 

  • Business 101
  • Startups 101
  • Intellectual Property 101
  • Quality Systems/Product Development Lifecycle 101
  • Regulatory 101
  • Clinical Evidence Development 101
  • Driving Towards A Career

Application Process and Program Timeline

The application process for the Lefteroff summer class of 2022 is now closed.

Summer 2022 application and program dates:

  • Applications accepted starting December 15, 2021
  • Application deadline is January 30, 2022
  • Finalist interviews and acceptance notifications occur in late February/early March 2022
  • Program begins June 22, 2022
  • Program ends August 17, 2022

If you have any questions regarding the program, please email us at Lefteroff@fogartyinnovation.org

The application period is now closed.

IN MEMORIAM
Tracy Lefteroff, Former Director

Tracy Lefteroff

Tracy Lefteroff was the former global managing partner of Private Equity and Venture Capital at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), overseeing services to privately owned and venture capital-funded companies worldwide.

Tracy was key to the development of strategic collaborative agreements with many of the major international pharmaceutical companies and assisted in several high-profile industry mergers. He also co-authored the firm’s Practice Standards and Aids for the life sciences industry and was regarded as one of the market’s most prominent analysts.

Lefteroff was with PwC for approximately 25 years. He served on several board of directors, including the Fogarty Institute for Innovation, the Stanford Venture Laboratory, the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the California Healthcare Institute. He was also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California, Washington and Idaho Societies of CPAs.

Testimonials

Note: The Lefteroff program was cancelled in 2020 to comply with state and county restrictions due to COVID-19. 

Kristina Claras

Oregon State University; Bioengineering

Lefteroff Intern Class of 2021

 

“Working alongside individuals with such passion and energy has convinced me to further my career in the medical field. Seeing a product that was once just a startup idea eventually become a reality and get delivered to a patient who deeply needed it transformed my whole perspective on medtech.”

Kristina worked with Fogarty company-in-residence Chronus Health on blood enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), which is a way to quantify a target protein, such as albumin, which is an important blood protein. She particularly enjoyed the shadowing at the hospital and was able to watch a total hip replacement, which she had learned about for a final school project and was excited to see come to life.

Krutin Kumar

University of Texas, Dallas; Neuroscience and Business; Applying to medical school

Lefteroff Intern Class of 2021

“Fogarty’s internship program pushed me out of my comfort zone. I was able to approach people to learn more and acquire skills outside of my area of knowledge—a critical step to growing continually both personally and professionally.”

Like Kristina, Krutin also worked with Chronus Health. He performed market analysis on applying the company’s cell counting and differentiation technology to other fields and diseases. His favorite parts were interacting with mentors and professionals in different fields and shadowing at El Camino Hospital to see first-hand how innovative technologies play a critical role in delivering patient outcomes.

Seth Rothenberger

Purdue University;  Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D. program)

Lefteroff Intern Class of 2021

“By working alongside everyone with the same goal of helping patients, I was able to use my skills as an engineer to further that mission. I didn’t realize I’d be so fascinated with intellectual property and patents, and the experience I gained in the internship will help me transition from academia into industry.”

Sean worked with Terumo Medical Innovation, developing a non-invasive monitor to measure urine output of patients with the aim to introduce a device that images bladder volume. He appreciated all the networking opportunities and the chance to meet everyone from engineers to clinicians to people with a business background.

 

 

Lefteroff Alumni

 

2021

Talha Ahmad
Talha Ahmad

Purdue University

Catie Bates
Catie Bates

Colorado State, Boulder

Sarah Bautista
Sarah Bautista

Cal State East Bay

Sriharish Bellamkonda
Sriharish Bellamkonda

UC Davis

Theodore Bronk
Theodore Bronk

Dartmouth College

Kristina Claras
Kristina Claras

Oregon State University

Khue Huyunh
Khue Huyunh

Duke University

Ashvin Irrinki
Ashvin Irrinki

UC Berkeley

Krutin Kumar
Krutin Kumar

University of Texas @ Dallas

Nicole Mariche
Nicole Mariche

University of the Pacific

John Mills
John Mills

Washington and Lee University

Claire Nicolas
Claire Nicolas

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sean Rothenberger
Sean Rothenberger

Penn State University

Anjali Rajapopalan
Anjali Rajapopalan

Columbia University

Mark Shifman
Mark Shifman

Johns Hopkins University

 

2019

Allie Buccino
Allie Buccino

Cornell University

Amelia Bulivant
Amelia Bulivant

Tulane University

Parker Callender
Parker Callender

U of Wisconsin-Madison

Chloe Chemtob
Chloe Chemtob

Stanford University

Grant Domecus
Grant Domecus

Whitman College

Xiao Du
Xiao Du

Stanford University

Seyvonne Ip
Seyvonne Ip

Johns Hopkins University

Caleb Phillips
Caleb Phillips

Stanford University

Nathaniel Serrurier
Nathaniel Serrurier

Pomona

Marinna Smallidge
Marinna Smallidge

Stanford University

Neha Srivathsa
Neha Srivathsa

Stanford University

Kiran Sutaria
Kiran Sutaria

Santa Clara University

Rohan Thakur
Rohan Thakur

U of Minnesota Twin-Cities

Di Wu
Di Wu

Northwestern University

 

2018

Healey Alamin
Healey Alamin

Stanford University

Christine Callinan
Christine Callinan

Stanford University

Kate Denend
Kate Denend

Pomona College

Marshal Godsil
Marshal Godsil

UC Berkeley

Steven Grolle
Steven Grolle

Stanford University

Joseph Kaiser
Joseph Kaiser

Duke University

Benjamin Lynch
Benjamin Lynch

Wesleyan University

Hallie McNamara
Hallie McNamara

Santa Clara University

Ardella Phoa
Ardella Phoa

Santa Clara University

Anne Vesey
Anne Vesey

Stanford University

Andrew Yock
Andrew Yock

USC

 

2017

Jonathan Frenzel
Jonathan Frenzel

Stevens Inst of Technology

Brieanna Goo
Brieanna Goo

Santa Clara University

Mackenzie Kay
Mackenzie Kay

Oslo Inst of Health&Society

Eli Patt
Eli Patt

Emory University

Samantha Runke
Samantha Runke

Carnegie Mellon

Cooper Schwabe
Cooper Schwabe

Santa Clara University

Matt Zweber
Matt Zweber

Santa Clara University

 

2016

Michael Jacobs
Michael Jacobs

Arizona State

Aaron Katz
Aaron Katz

Clemson, Georgia IOT

Casey Lau
Casey Lau

U of Nevada, Reno

Dina Levashova
Dina Levashova

USC

Heidi Peterson
Heidi Peterson

Stanford University

Bridget Vaughan
Bridget Vaughan

UC Berkeley

Sabrina Weeks
Sabrina Weeks

Harvard Medical

2015

Lindsay Axelrod
Lindsay Axelrod

UC Berkeley/UCSF

Gabriele Cassani
Gabriele Cassani

Northwestern University

Ryan M. Gorman
Ryan M. Gorman

Loyola Marymount University

Michelle Le
Michelle Le

San Jose State/Foothill

Diane Masket
Diane Masket

Rowan Sch Osteopathic Med

Nisu Patel
Nisu Patel

Johns Hopkins

Amanda Spielman
Amanda Spielman

Miller School of Medicine

 

2014

Daniel Adler
Daniel Adler

Cornell University

Alexander Carbonel
Alexander Carbonel

University of Miami

Jamie Corley
Jamie Corley

Tufts University

Sanah Imran
Sanah Imran

Santa Clara University

Matthew Ingraham
Matthew Ingraham

USC

Haley Reicher
Haley Reicher

Dartmouth College

Lefteroff Internship Historical Background