What We Do: Create

Innovation is best learned by doing.

By enabling the transformation of an early idea into a technology that will benefit patients, providers, investors and the healthcare ecosystem as a whole,


We create innovation
We create companies
We create solutions
We create leaders
We create value

Incubation and Acceleration Programs

Company-in-Residence (CIR)

At the heart of Fogarty Innovation is the Company-in-Residence (CIR) program, an immersive experience in our living laboratory for entrepreneurs and their teams. CIRs are co-located with their assigned Fogarty mentors and other executive staff who form a readily accessible and representative C-suite disciplined in R&D, intellectual property, quality systems, clinical and regulatory affairs, operations, finance, commercial strategy, human resource management, executive coaching and team-building. The proximity and regular interactions allow Fogarty staff to become deeply familiar with resident companies, enabling us to roll up our sleeves and engage in realistic strategy creation and problem-solving with entrepreneurs. The CIR program has no predetermined length of tenure, although experience has shown that companies typically stay for 2-3 years.

Our location on the campus of El Camino Health provides CIRs with access to the clinicians, administrators and service providers at a strong community-based hospital. This allows our entrepreneurs to refine their understanding of care pathways and health care economics within a US hospital setting.

Meet some of our current Companies-in-Development and see what they have to say about what differentiates the Fogarty Innovation experience.

“This is full contact coaching.”

– Company-in-Residence CEO

“They go deep with a small number of companies…the fully integrated core leadership team offers a fast feedback loop…no navigation of ‘network maze’ of large part-time mentor pool of other accelerators.”

– Company-in-Residence CEO

Interested entrepreneurs and their teams are carefully selected through a rolling admissions process.

Company Accelerator Program (CAP)

Often, small startups just need structured time and guidance to “bake” their ideas to hit the next milestone. Whether that’s to develop a strong pitch deck, figure out their clinical or regulatory pathway, or get additional advice towards commercialization, promising startups may apply to the Fogarty Innovation CAP program for help to optimize the viability of their endeavors.

The aim of the CAP program is to support early-stage companies in developing a comprehensive approach to address their desired opportunity. Our philosophy is to begin with “the end in mind.” Knowing the overall goal enables a thorough cross-functional assessment of actions needed to realize the company’s opportunity or identify barriers to success.

The CAP is a defined six-month program for a few companies which may co-locate at the Fogarty Innovation facility for several days per week. Successful CAPs who have an interest in further incubation may later apply to the Company-in-Residence program.

Meet some of our current Companies-in-Development and see what they have to say about what differentiates the Fogarty Innovation experience.

Invention Accelerator Program (IAP)

We work with clinicians, researchers and faculty to help develop their ideas into innovations. The IAP focuses on concepts that are earlier in the process than those of our Companies-in-Residence or Company Accelerator Program companies. Defining the need, assessing solutions, demonstrating with prototypes and models, and understanding the broader context (IP, market analysis, regulatory pathway, etc.) are the key objectives.

Over the course of the six-month program, a customized development plan is created for each project and tailored to the individual needs of the inventor and concept. The goals are a maturation of the inventor’s concept, an assessment of the drivers and obstacles to development, and exposure to our broad network of partners and resources.

This is a service that we as a nonprofit provide to the inventor without charge and without ownership of IP or shares in the future company.

Meet some of our current Companies-in-Development and see what they have to say about what differentiates the Fogarty Innovation experience.

Our process includes:

Hi-touch technical

  • Needs validation
  • Product design
  • Early prototyping
  • Early pre-clinical / clinical
  • IP assessment and strategy

Our process includes

Hi-touch business

  • Market size & segmentation
  • Clinical / regulatory pathway
  • Reimbursement
  • Business model
  • Funding requirements

“I did not realize how little I knew about starting a company – I’m very grateful for the help.”

– Physician participant in the Invention Accelerator Program

Fogarty Innovation delivers unequalled support to innovators developing promising new medical technologies because we are uniquely able to offer them a combination of:


Companies have immediate access to a co-located, multi-disciplinary team of veteran Silicon Valley medtech mentors, a practice which has been dubbed “full-contact coaching” by observers. This in-depth support allows our mentors to become more than just occasional advisors, but rather true partners in the journey of resource-limited startups.


Our entrepreneurs learn and thrive together within a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility integrated into the campus of El Camino Health’s hospital in Silicon Valley, allowing them to avail of one of the strongest medtech and innovation ecosystems in the world. They are given office, meeting, educational, recreational, laboratory and other maker spaces (such as machine shop, computational modeling, 3D printing, metrology and electrical lab facilities, among others).


Our unrivalled educational program allows innovators and their teams to have personal access to strong practical instruction from experts in medtech and to a real clinical environment.


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

Tailored programs

Fogarty Innovation offers a spectrum of incubation and acceleration programs to create value for startup companies based on their development stage and innovators’ goals. Interested entrepreneurs may apply to the appropriate program described above.

“The Fogarty innovation staff is a trusted resource. I don’t need to hunt around for consultants and advisors; FI management has been there and done that.”

– Company-in-Residence CEO

“We (entrepreneurs) are all scared at the start and afraid to admit it… FI offered coaching, training and experience with an ‘in the family’ atmosphere.”

– Fogarty Innovation Alumnus, company CEO