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record year

Over 750 applications submitted to the 2019 program!

It’s another record-breaking year for us. We’ve received over 750 applications from device, diagnostic, and digital health companies located around the world. Now the fun begins: reviewing applications and advancing 150+ innovators to pitch in-person.

For insights into the selection process, check out our CEO Paul Grand’s article – MedTech Innovator – Giving a Stage to the Industry’s Newest Stars.

Paul GrandExcerpt: Our cohorts of Accelerator & Showcase companies undergo a rigorous narrowing process and are carefully selected from the best and brightest around the globe. These entrepreneurs are working tirelessly to address unmet medical needs, reduce the cost of care, ease the burden on physicians and care teams, and make life better for a significant number of people. It’s an honor and extremely rewarding to know we’re accelerating the development of these companies and helping ensure their products reach patients with less friction. Continue reading … 

MedTech Innovator 2019 Road Tour Schedule

Our Road Tour is a series of invite-only pitch events held throughout the US and internationally. Up to 30 startups selected from our applicant pool by our reviewers will pitch up to 60 judges, including our corporate partners, investors, and providers.

Dates & Locations

March 4: Los Angeles, CA 
March 19: Charleston, SC (military focus)
March 27: Minneapolis, MN
April 8-9: Dublin, Ireland
April 23: New York City, NY
April 30: Washington, D.C. (pediatric focus)

Upcoming Events 

Partner Events 

UCLA TDG7th Annual UCLA MedTech Partnering Conference
March 5 | Los Angeles, Calif.
Hosted by UCLA Technology Development Group, this event provides a unique opportunity for UCLA inventors, investors, and industry executives to establish new relationships for furthering innovation. The conference features industry and venture capital panels, and showcases recent developments from some of SoCal’s leading research institutions.


Innovation Summit DublinMedTech Strategist Innovation Summit Dublin 2019
April 9-11 | Dublin, Ireland
The annual Innovation Summit Dublin brings together more than 450 leading experts, innovators, and key decision-makers to discuss the critical challenges facing the ever-evolving global medtech community. Keynotes include Billy Cohn (J&J), Scott Huennekens (former Verb Surgical), Josh Makower (NEA) and Martin Rothman (Sofinnova). Register here.

Partner Deadlines 

HealthTech Arkansas Accepting Applications
HealthTech Arkansas, a virtual accelerator partnering with Arkansas Heart Hospital, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Washington Regional Medical Center, Arkansas Urology, Mercy, and CHI St. Vincent, is now accepting applications. Companies admitted to the program are guaranteed at least two pilot projects. Last year, out of six companies accepted, two were MTI alums! Apply here. Deadline Apr. 30.

BARDA DRIVe seeks feedback on a potential new novel public-private partnership that leverages venture capital practices and methods to disrupt the way BARDA invests in health security innovation. Members of the VC community, including VC firms, corporate venture capital, impact funds, and nonprofit strategic investors with experience identifying promising innovative products and technologies – if your team has experience leveraging venture capital practices and methods, respond to the RFI here. Deadline Mar. 4 at 5:00 PM ET.

Fogarty Institute’s MedTech Incubator Accepting Applications
The Fogarty Institute for Innovation is a pioneering MedTech educational incubator located in Mountain View, Calif. The incubator provides selected companies with extensive mentoring and education in addition to office and laboratory space. Most companies also receive a cash investment. More details about the Fogarty Institute and their application process can be found here.

Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX)
The Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). HHS and ASN plan to hold a series of KidneyX prize competitions to develop innovative solutions that can prevent, diagnose, and/or treat kidney diseases. The initial KidneyX prize competition is “KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis” is now accepting applications. Apply here. Deadline Feb. 28.

Portfolio News


GreenLight Medical Named Nashville Healthcare Startup of the Year (Jan. 30)

Avenda Health Wins 2019 SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West (Feb. 6)

FineHeart, Sana Health, AblaCare and Spry Health make FierceMedTech 2018 Fierce 15 list (Feb. 11)

Approvals / Clearances

FDA OKs Greenville Firm to Produce Surgical Device, featuring RFPi (Jan. 12) 

CathWorks FFRangio System Receives FDA Clearance (Feb. 8)


GT Medical Technologies Announces $10M Financing to Support Launch of Targeted Therapy for Patients with Recurrent Brain Tumors (Jan. 31)

CathWorks Announces Completion of $30M Financing (Feb. 4)

Osso VR Awarded More Than $200,000 from the National Science Foundation to Advance its Surgical Skill Assessment Platform (Feb. 6)

Media & Press

MobileODT and Partners to Launch First Wide-Scale Deployment of AI Screening for Cervical Cancer (Jan. 7)

SafeHeal Completes First-in-Human Clinical Study of Endoluminal Bypass Sheath (Jan. 11)

Multi-Spectral Device Images Blood Flow and Perfusion, featuring RFPi (Jan. 24)

These Goggles Act Like Surgical X-Ray Specs, featuring Augmedics (Jan. 25)

FDA Designates VentFree Muscle Stimulator a Breakthrough Device, featuring Liberate Medical (Jan. 25)

General Electric: Picturing the Path to Precision Health and Better Care, featuring Decisio Health (Feb. 12)

Access Vascular Begins First Commercial Use of FDA-Cleared HydroPICC
(Feb. 13)

Spire Is Now Spire Health, Announces Focus on Remote Patient Monitoring, Makes Key Healthcare Hires (Feb. 13)

University of Minnesota First in U.S. to Offer New Targeted Therapy for Recurrent Brain Tumors, featuring GT Medical  (Feb. 14)

MedTech Innovator Thanks Our Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring or getting involved? Contact Kathryn Zavala, Vice President of Operations & Business Development, at

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