MedTech Innovator is the industry’s nonprofit global competition and accelerator for medical device, digital health and diagnostic companies. Our mission is to improve the lives of patients by accelerating the growth of companies that are transforming the healthcare system.

MedTech Innovator Unites Leading Players in the Medtech Innovation Ecosystem


Our corporate partners include leading manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson, Dexcom, NIPRO Medical Corp., Olympus Medical Systems Group, W. L. Gore & Associates, Asahi Intecc, Edwards Lifesciences, Fujikura, Jabil Healthcare, Maxim Integrated Ventures. and many others. They participate as thought leaders, application reviewers, event judges, and accelerator mentors


In 2024, MedTech Innovator will hold events, competitions and showcases at JP Morgan Healthcare in San Francisco, the Wilson Sonsini Medical Device Conference in San Francisco, CA; The MedTech Strategist in Dublin, Ireland and San Francisco; Device Talks in Boston, MA; AdvaMed’s The MedTech Conference; and ApacMed’s MedTech Forum in Singapore


Providers like UCLA Health, Hackensack Meridien, Mayo Clinic, UnityPoint Health, Highmark Health, Providence, and Children’s National participate as application reviewers and judges and give critical feedback on topics like healthcare economics, customer requirements, integration issues, and more


Hundreds of investors like RCT Ventures, Aphelion Capital, Life Science Angels, Healthtech Capital, Sofinnova Partners, Vensana, Treo, Hunniwell Lake Partners, Seroba Life Sciences participate as application reviewers, mentors, and judges

Trade Associations

MedTech Innovator has partnered with AdvaMed and AdvaMed Accel in the US and APACMed in Asia to provide best-in-class start-ups access to a virtual accelerator and to support members developing innovative and transformational medical technologies. 

Service Providers

Experts provide critical feedback to MedTech Innovator companies from leading service providers like Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, EdgeOne Medical, Experien Group, Greenlight Guru, Medmarc, Proxima Clinical Research, Silicon Valley Bank, Westwood & Wilshire, and Ximedica.

Portfolio Companies
FDA Approvals
Follow-on Funding

The Largest Accelerator of Medical Technology in the World

According to Silicon Valley Bank’s CipherBio, MedTech Innovator is the largest accelerator of Life Science companies in the world. The dominant part of our portfolio is Medical Devices, in addition to our leadership position as an accelerator of diagnostics, digital health, and life science tools technologies. 95% of our portfolio are still in business or have been acquired, and 86% of our companies have raised equity financing. In Q1 2023, approximately 30% of all funds raised in the medtech sector went to a graduate of MedTech Innovator.

MedTech Innovator US 2023 Program Overview

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In 2024, MedTech Innovator will award more than $1 million+ in cash prizes as well as other awards across our US, APAC, and BioTools programs. Each program will have its own cohort and includes several rounds where companies gain increasing amounts of exposure to industry leaders including through online application reviews, pitch events, and audience competitions at several major industry conferences. The details below apply primarily to our US program.

MedTech Innovator Road Tour – Approximately 20% of our 1,000+ applicants are advanced to pitch at one of our road tour pitch events in March – May. At each event, presenters receive feedback from up to 150 judges including investors, providers, and senior executives from our leading industry partners such as Johnson & Johnson, Olympus, Nipro, Edwards Life Sciences, Asahi Intecc, Zimmer Biomet, W.L. Gore, Dexcom, and many others.

MedTech Innovator Accelerator – Based on feedback from the pitch events and subsequent diligence, 50+ of the most innovative companies from around the world are selected from the MedTech Innovator Road Tour to the Accelerator, a 4-month virtual program from June – October. Companies receive coaching and high-profile visibility at the WSGR Medical Device conference in June and The MedTech Innovator Showcase program at The MedTech Conference, powered by AdvaMed, in October. Among many benefits, MTI’s companies receive full conference scholarships, are featured in expert panels, and gain access to exclusive partnering and networking opportunities.

Corporate Mentorship – Our early-stage cohort companies have an unparalleled opportunity to receive continual in-depth, customized mentorship from senior leaders in the medtech industry.

The Accelerator program concludes with all cohort companies participating in the Accel Leadership Seminar, the MedTech Innovator Showcase, and an opportunity to compete to present in the finals at The MedTech Conference or the Mid-Stage competition at MedTech Strategist San Francisco in November.

For those focused on Asia - MedTech Innovator Asia Pacific

MedTech Innovator offers a parallel program and competition providing content regarding accessing and operating in the Asia Pacific region in an Accelerator and US$300K competition in front of industry leaders at the Asia Pacific MedTech Forum in the fall. Companies may apply to both our US-based and Asia programs. Please visit our MedTech Innovator Asia Pacific page for more information on our 2023 Asia Pacific program.

For Life Science Tools companies- BioTools Innovator

BioTools Innovator offers the first dedicated accelerator program focused on the unique needs of life science tools companies, with four months of mentorship and culminating with a showcase and $250K competition. Please visit our BioTools Innovator website for more information on our 2023 BioTools program.

Meet Our Team

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Paul Grand
Founder & CEO

Paul is the founder and CEO of MedTech Innovator. He created and managed MedTech Innovator as a program within RCT Ventures from 2013 – 2016. In 2016, with the financial support of RCT and other sponsors, Paul left to run MedTech Innovator as a stand-alone company. He spent 11 years as Director and Managing Director at RCT Ventures, the investment arm of Research Corporation Technologies, Inc. Prior to RCT, Paul was co-founder and CEO of startups in the medtech, pharma, and tech sectors.

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Kathryn Zavala, PhD
COO & Managing Director, BioTools Innovator

Kathryn Zavala is COO and BioTools Innovator Managing Director at MedTech Innovator. She earned her PhD in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from UCLA. Kathryn has been with MedTech Innovator since 2015. She was a Technology Fellow at the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property, where she assisted with the commercialization of university technologies.

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Brian Benson
Senior Vice President

Brian Benson is the Senior Vice President at MedTech Innovator. Prior to joining MedTech Innovator, Brian was the director of entrepreneurship and commercialization at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) where he was responsible for all aspects of the Magnify incubator and driving strategic initiatives for the Institute. He brings over 15 years of experience accelerating the growth and success of transformative life science startups to the team.

Fredrik Nyberg
Managing Director, Asia Pacific

Fredrik is the Managing Director Asia Pacific at MedTech Innovator, based in Singapore. He was most recently the Founding CEO of Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed). Fredrik brings over 30 years of healthcare industry experience, 25 of which were spent in Asia-Pacific. He has held senior sales/ marketing, general management and strategic consulting positions. Fredrik serves as Board Member and advisor to several healthcare startup ventures and is a frequent speaker on the healthcare industry in Asia-Pacific. He holds a BSc from Gothenburg University, Sweden, and an MBA from Henley Management College, UK.

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Branden Morris
Senior Director of Marketing

Branden Morris, Senior Director of Marketing, has been telling stories of medical innovation and patient impact for nearly 20 years. He has built brands, launched products, and developed marketing teams at biotech companies large and small, across several therapeutic areas. Branden is passionate about continuing to grow the MedTech Innovator programs as the premiere life science accelerators in the world, so that our member companies can get novel therapies in the hands of clinicians and patients as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Daphne Radfar
Chief of Staff

Daphne Radfar is Chief of Staff at MedTech Innovator. She brings more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership, risk management, and operations in health, education, and startups to this position. Prior to joining MedTech, Daphne served as Chief Operating Officer at Speak UP, working to increase access to quality public education across California. Prior to this role, as Chief Operating Officer of Insure the Uninsured Project, Daphne was instrumental in the organization’s efforts to achieve healthcare reform in California. Daphne received her Bachelor’s in Education, Sociology with an emphasis in Business Administration from UCLA.

Ayelet Marom, PhD
VP, Programs

Ayelet Marom is the Program Director for BioTools Innovator at MedTech Innovator. She earned her Ph.D. in Cancer Immunology from The Weizmann Institute in Israel, and a Postdoctoral Professional Masters in Bioscience Management from KGI, Claremont alongside her post-doctoral research at City Of Hope. Ayelet is experienced in the innovation ecosystem; prior to MedTech Innovator, she was a senior program manager at Larta Institute, where she managed commercialization programs for science-based Innovations, as well as co-founded and led the product development in a digital health Startup. She is passionate about bringing technology and healthcare closer together to make a real impact on human health.

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Nicole Black, PhD
Program Director, MedTech Innovator

Nicole is the Program Director for MedTech Innovator. Nicole grew up in Michigan before attending Boston University to study Biomedical Engineering as Trustee Scholar. In 2020, Nicole completed her PhD at Harvard University, working on interdisciplinary medtech projects between the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Mass Eye and Ear hospital. After graduating, Nicole launched a startup company, Beacon Bio, based on her PhD work as a Gliklich Healthcare Innovation Scholar. Following Beacon Bio’s acquisition by Desktop Metal, Nicole served as the Vice President of Biofabrication in their Desktop Health division. Nicole’s accolades include the Collegiate Inventors Competition Graduate Winner (2018), the Baxter Young Investigator Award (2020), the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize (2021), and the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 (2023).

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Jim West
Associate Director, BioTools Innovator

Jim is an engineer turned entrepreneur. With a master’s in both Biomedical Engineering Product Development and Entrepreneurship, he blends the business with the technical. Jim previously worked in life sciences and medical devices helping to bring new products to market. He served as Co-Founder and CEO of his most recent company, Clara Biotech, which was founded in 2018 and was acquired by Innovaprep in the summer of 2023.

Glen Lim
Senior Programs Director, Asia Pacific

Glen is Senior Programs Director, Asia Pacific at MedTech Innovator, based in Singapore. He has led successful global programs at Enterprise Singapore’s Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology mega event (SWITCH), helping startups in access the Singapore Market and expand into Asia Pacific. Glen is also the founder of 2 startups and serves as a Venture Partner at Meet Ventures. In his free time, Glen mentors young first time startup founders in Polytechnics and Universities.

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Jerry Ciolino
Director of Operations

Jerry Ciolino is a Director of Operations at MedTech Innovator. He has experience working in multiple accelerator programs with different verticals. He was the Program Manager at Startup UCLA, which caters to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni. More recently, he was the Lead Operations Associate for the Techstars Music Accelerator. He received his degree in Sociology from UCLA.

Ari Marcellino
Program Manager, BioTools Innovator

Ari is currently the Program Manager at BioTools Innovator, where he plays a role in nurturing the growth of cutting-edge startups within the life science tools space. His previous role supporting high-growth venture backed startups at Biocom has shaped his experience and passion in fostering innovation, building partnerships, and advancing biotech startups. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Sciences from The Ohio State University, during which time he created brand activations for Fortune 500 companies. Ari is dedicated to facilitating connections between visionary founders and the essential resources needed to create technology that have a profound impact on human health.

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Andrew Friedrich
Director of Engineering & Product

Andrew Friedrich is the Director of Engineering and Product at MedTech Innovator. He has over 15 years of professional experience in software engineering in various domains including PropTech (real estate), Expert Networks, digital media, and consumer websites. Before joining MedTech Innovator, Andrew was the VP, Head of Software Engineering at Amherst Holdings. He was responsible for managing multiple geographically distributed development teams working on custom software solutions and platform customization.

Eve Jimenez
Marketing & Data Specialist

Eve Jimenez is Marketing & Data Specialist at MedTech Innovator. Prior to joining MedTech Innovator, Eve supported Speak UP’s technology and communications work helping to improve kids’ access to quality education. She received her B.A from Dartmouth College and M.S. from UC Davis

Gabriella Dardano
Marketing & Events Assistant

Gabriella Dardano is a Marketing and Events Assistant at MedTech Innovator. She obtained her B.S in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, in Malibu, CA. Prior to joining MedTech Innovator, Gabriella gained substantial experience in event management and marketing at C3 Alliance Corp., a Vancouver-based company in the natural resource sector.

Bernice Tan
Assistant Manager in Marketing & Events, Asia Pacific

Bernice is the Assistant Manager in Marketing & Events for Asia Pacific at MedTech Innovator, based in Singapore. She is a seasoned Marketing & Events Professional renowned for her exceptional expertise in devising and implementing strategic initiatives that fuel growth. Bernice expertly manages various simultaneous events like networking, hybrid functions, and expos, showcasing her exceptional organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail for flawless coordination across all aspects of these diverse gatherings.

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Peter Kemper
Full Stack Software Engineer

Peter Kemper is a full stack software engineer with over 5 years of software development experience in the fintech, energy, and education industries and is based out of San Diego, CA. He graduated from California State University, San Marcos in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science.

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Heather Lukas
Senior Fellow

Heather Lukas is a current Ph.D. candidate in the Gao Research Group at Caltech. Her current research interests focus on developing novel techniques for continuous biochemical sensing in sweat with applications in therapeutic and addictive drug monitoring. She received her M.S. in medical engineering from Caltech in 2021 and her B.S. in biomedical engineering with a business minor from Cornell University in 2019.

Aliya Lakhani
Senior Fellow

Aliya is a PhD candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA. Before graduate school, she held positions as a Research Associate at UCSF and a Co-Op participant at AstraZeneca. Aliya received her BS and MS from Johns Hopkins University.

Jonathan Bui

Jonathan is a double Bruin and currently an MBA candidate UCLA Anderson. Previously, he has worked in various engineering roles in the medical device industry. Currently, he works in new product development as an engineering program manager focused on product launches and global commercialization. He is passionate about the convergence of medical devices and technology.

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Jessica Ding, PhD

Jessica Ding is an MBA candidate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She has worked in various technical and commercial roles in developing and growing innovative products. Jessica earned her PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Connecticut.

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Anisha Kumar

Anisha is a second year MBA student at UCLA Anderson (Class of 2024). Prior to business school, she worked at a cancer center helping patients through clinical trials and led project teams as a systems engineer for Arthrex, a medical device company. She obtained her B.S. in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley in 2017.

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Lauren Lederer

Lauren Lederer is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, specializing in digital health technologies for remote patient monitoring. She previously held roles as a Program Manager and Engineer at Systems & Technology Research. She holds a M.S. from Duke and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida.

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Anthony Song

Anthony Song is a current Ph.D. candidate in the Durr Research Group at Johns Hopkins University. His current research interest focuses on developing novel optical imaging devices and using artificial intelligence for minimally invasive surgical guidance and computational pathology. He received his dual degrees in Chemistry and Data Science from Iowa State University in 2021.

Sylvia Zohrabian

Sylvia Zohrabian is a current Ph.D. candidate in Cell & Developmental Biology at Weill Cornell Medicine performing her thesis research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She studies metabolic liabilities in cancer research. Previously, she received her M.S. from Georgetown and B.A from Franklin & Marshall College.

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Netra Unni Rajesh

Netra Unni Rajesh is a Bioengineering PhD candidate in Dr. Joseph DeSimone’s lab at Stanford University. She works at the intersection of advanced manufacturing, materials science and immunology to design new medical devices for transdermal drug delivery.

Meet Our Board

Scott Whitaker
Board Member

Scott Whitaker is President and CEO of AdvaMed, the world’s largest medical technology association. He is widely recognized as a top health care advocate and policy expert with experience across multiple health policy sectors, having worked successfully with diverse stakeholder groups – including hospital, patient and physician groups, regulators, public and private payers, and global trade organizations – to advance medical technology innovation and timely patient access to next-generation treatments and cures.

Chris Martin
Board Member & Treasurer

Chris Martin is the President of RCT Ventures, the investment arm of Research Corporation Technologies, which is focused on investing in early-stage biomedical companies.

Biren Mehta
Board Member

Biren Mehta is the Vice President, Venture Investments – MedTech at Johnson & Johnson Innovation. He is responsible for existing and new MedTech investments on the West Coast, ensuring targeted strategic options are shaped for success. Biren plays a critical role in building and maintaining networks in the venture capital community, entrepreneurs, startups, incubators and accelerators and other venture organizations that fit the strategic interests of the MedTech sector, sourcing new opportunities for the sector and positioning JJDC as the partner of choice.

Casey McGlynn

Casey McGlynn is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. In 1990, Casey McGlynn formed the life sciences practice at the firm, and today, it has one of the largest practices focused on medtech, healthtech, and biotech companies in the country.