We believe innovation is a discipline that can be taught and honed.

We offer the following educational programming tailored to our diverse constituents:

For resident companies and entrepreneurs

Participants in our incubation and acceleration programs work in a real-world living laboratory where they receive immersive, collaborative training that helps them thrive. This includes spontaneous peer-to-peer discovery and interaction as well as scheduled roundtables and instructional events. In addition, Fogarty Education develops and hosts comprehensive educational programming for our companies and alumni. Taught by Fogarty Innovation’s on-staff professionals as well as high-profile external experts, these practical, timely lectures and workshops provide actionable information, stimulate interaction, and create lifelong connections for our innovators.

Some examples of themes and key considerations for a successful startup that have been delivered in workshop and short course formats by staff, industry veterans and experts include:


Intellectual property

Team and
organizational development


Product development

Quality systems

Health economics
and reimbursement

Clinical evidence development

Regulatory affairs


Our entrepreneurs not only have immediate and convenient access to educational programs at Fogarty Innovation, they may also attend programs at El Camino Health and Stanford Biodesign, as well as industry symposia and events. In addition, we introduce them to our alumni and other teachers within the Fogarty network and expose them directly to government regulators through our one-of-a-kind fellowship program with the FDA.

For the medtech innovation community

We regularly extend our educational opportunities, including our robust program of Lunch & Learn presentations, half-day workshops, lectureships and other events to members of the medtech community, including innovators, startups, investors and additional allies. We do this because we believe that patients and the industry benefit when we inform and improve the entire ecosystem.

Some of our medtech community educational programming partners include:

Ferolyn Fellowship

Founded in tribute to Ferolyn Powell, a dynamic leader in the medtech startup world, the program supports rising leaders with a strong passion and aptitude to transform healthcare. Participants undergo an immersive 10-month program of customized mentoring designed to accelerate their careers and nurture leaders who will drive the next wave of medtech innovation. Fogarty Innovation helps administer the Ferolyn Fellowship and Fellows have access to all Fogarty educational programming as well as regular progress reviews by Fogarty staff.

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Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign Summer Extension Program

Graduating Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellows who are awarded a Summer Extension grant are assigned Fogarty staff mentors for the summer months. During this time, they may also use the facility to further advance their concepts and business plans. Successful companies may then be invited to apply to our longer-term  development programs. Companies that have followed this pathway include Diatiro (IAP), Auricle (IAP and CAP) and Selera (IAP and CAP).

“FI offers meaty meetings and trainings with intense debate.”

– Company-in-Residence CEO

“We get regular access to high-quality programs and a network community that allows follow-up and accessibility to speakers.”

– Fogarty Innovation alumnus, company CEO

For students

Since we believe in learning by doing, we help expand young minds by offering summer internships for college and high school students who may be interested in the business or technical aspects of medtech or who simply want to gain a better understanding of the healthcare industry.


Read on to learn more about specific student programs.


Lefteroff Internship for college students

This hands-on program offers college students from around the world an opportunity to get involved in all  facets of healthcare innovation. Lefteroff Interns work directly with Fogarty Innovation startup companies and staff, shadow physicians and watch procedures at El Camino Hospital, participate in educational seminars and meet with seasoned industry leaders. These diverse experiences help students learn what it takes to develop a medical technology and bring it into patient care. Interns also build a professional network and leave with a practical understanding of the many career options within the healthcare industry.

The program honors the late Tracy Lefteroff’s spirit and passion to support entrepreneurs in medical technology and the life sciences.

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Stanford University high school summer program

Since summer 2021, Fogarty Innovation has been involved in Stanford University’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes, enriching the curriculum and teaching in the Surgical Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship course for grades 9-11.

Focused on medical innovation, the course draws from clinical medicine, engineering design, and business principle, and culminates with a “shark tank” event in which students develop and pitch their own innovation.

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