The Innovators are a group of dynamic startups with the potential to grow and rapidly commercialize medical device technologies that will deliver significant benefits to doctors and patients. A panel of judges including Rosenman Fellows chose the Innovators from more than 80 applicants.
At the Rosenman Symposium, Wednesday, June 21, at UCSF Mission Bay, the Innovators gave lightning pitches to a packed Byers Auditorium. Earlier in the day, in an extended session, they had presented to a private group of industry partners and accredited investors.
The Innovators represent a wide range of technologies, include implants, orthotics, fetal monitoring, and machine-learning software for cancer diagnosis.
Innovator founders received professional coaching on business model and presentation. At the culminating event, the Innovators were introduced to industry partners who could join forces–share resources and expertise–on technologies of mutual interest–and investors (in some cases, venture arms of industry partners) who could provide mentorship and further valuable introductions in addition to funding for operations.
In-kind services for the 2017 Rosenman Innovators were provided by BioSurg (support with animal protocol and animal facility time); IO LifeScience (design & engineering consultation, prototyping); NextFlex (prototyping & pilot manufacturing, flexible electronics); Propel(x) (exposure to early-stage investors); ProtoQuick (design consultation, CNC, injection molding); and Whipsaw (design & engineering consultation).