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


Leading manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson, BD, Baxter, Amgen, BTG, HOYA, Olympus, Gore, NIPRO Medical, and many others participate as application reviewers, mentors, and judges


In 2020, MedTech Innovator will hold competitions at the Medtech Strategist Innovation Summit in Dublin, Ireland; the Wilson Sonsini Medical Device Conference in San Francisco, CA; and The MedTech Conference in Toronto, Canada


Providers like UCLA Health, Mayo Clinic, and Providence participate as application reviewers and judges and give critical feedback on topics like healthcare economics, customer requirements, integration issues, and more


Active investors like RCT Ventures, Aphelion Capital, NEA, Life Science Angels, Healthtech Capital, Band of Angels, and others participate as application reviewers, mentors, and judges

Trade Association

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, Ximedica, EdgeOne Medical, Nordson Medical, Alira Health, Grant Thornton, Shay Glenn LLP, Silicon Valley Bank, Square One Bank, Gravitas Healthcare, and more

Portfolio Companies
Products on the Market
Follow-on Funding

The Largest Accelerator of Medical Devices in the World

Silicon Valley Bank’s CipherBio Q2 2020 Accelerator Insights report revealed for the first time that MedTech Innovator is the largest accelerator of Medical Device companies in the world, in addition to our leadership position as an accelerator of diagnostics and digital health technologies. Even with a much large portfolio than any other accelerator, MedTech Innovator is also one of the top 3 accelerators in terms of the percentage of our companies that have raised equity funding. See the full report for these another other insights.

MedTech Innovator US 2020 Program Overview

In 2020, MedTech Innovator and its partners will give out up to $500K in cash prizes and awards. The competition includes several rounds where companies gain increasing amounts of exposure to industry leaders including through online application reviews, in-person pitch sessions, and audience competitions at three conferences.

MedTech Innovator Road Tour – Companies identified during the review process of being of strategic interest will be invited to pitch at one of our regional pitch events in the US, EU, and Canada in February – April. At each event, startups will have the opportunity to present and receive feedback from 45-60 judges including investors, providers, and senior executives from leading industry stakeholders such as Johnson & Johnson, Baxter, Olympus, W.L. Gore, and many others. Based on feedback, companies may be selected to advance to participate in the MedTech Innovator Accelerator and/or Showcase Program.

MedTech Innovator Showcase – 50 companies will be selected from the MedTech Innovator Pitch round to the Showcase program which prominently features the most innovative companies from around the world each year at two leading industry conferences. Showcase 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, MedTech Innovator Showcase companies receive full conference scholarships, are featured in expert panels, and gain access to exclusive partnering and networking.

MedTech Innovator Accelerator – 25 companies will receive a place in the MedTech Innovator Accelerator, a 4-month virtual program from June – September. Accelerator companies have an unparalleled opportunity to receive continual in-depth, customized mentorship from senior leaders in the medtech industry. The accelerator commences with a 3-day kick-off event in San Francisco in June that includes exclusive networking, workshops, and pitching with investors, manufacturers, providers, and customers. All 25 Accelerator companies receive complimentary registration to the WSGR Medical Device Conference where they have opportunities to showcase their company and compete to present for a Value Award and a profile in the MedTech Strategist. The Accelerator program concludes with all 25 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.

For those focused on Asia - MedTech Innovator Asia Pacific

MedTech Innovator now offers a parallel competition and program providing content regarding accessing and operating in the Asia Pacific region in an Accelerator, Showcase and $300K competition in front of industry leaders at the Asia Pacific MedTech Forum in September. Companies may apply to both our US-based and Asia programs. Please visit our MedTech Innovator Asia Pacific page for more information on our 2020 Asia Pacific program.

Meet Our Team

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.

Kathryn Zavala, PhD
COO & VP Business Development

Kathryn Zavala is COO and Vice President Business Development for 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.

Brian Benson
VP, Strategic Alliances

Brian Benson is the VP of Strategic Alliances 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 received his B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from Loyola Marymount University. Brian brings over 10 years of experience accelerating the growth and success of transformative life science startups to the team.

Liz Peek, PhD
Program Director

Liz Peek is the Program Manager at MedTech Innovator. She was previously a Tech Transfer Associate at the UCLA Technology Development Group, where she was responsible for coordinating invention-specific marketing of UCLA’s portfolio of technologies. Liz received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from UCLA in 2016, where her doctoral research focused on tumor immunology.

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.

Sakeena Tan
Program Director, Asia Pacific

Sakeena is the Program Director Asia Pacific at MedTech Innovator, based in Singapore. She holds leadership and management consulting experiences from past roles as Regional Head of Program Management for Slush SEA, as well as a Life Sciences & Healthcare M&A Consultant in Deloitte APAC. As an entrepreneurial scientist, Sakeena was active in the tech ecosystem while donning a lab coat in the R&D industry specialising in Nutraceutical Research. She is passionate about bridging the translational gap between research science and entrepreneurship.

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

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.

Paul Kessler

Mr. Kessler has broad experience in finance, actively sourcing and identifying investment opportunities, and negotiating, structuring and re-structuring investment transactions with emerging growth public companies.

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.

Meet Our Fellows

Solah Lee
MedTech Innovator Fellow
Mariana Uchoa
MedTech Innovator Fellow
Ben Muller
MedTech Innovator Fellow
Yuni Kay
MedTech Innovator Fellow