What Founders Need

Nobody knows the details of a technology better than the person who invented it. But if you’re a scientist or engineer on the sharp end of innovation, you don’t necessarily know the most efficient path to commercialization. Maybe you haven’t identified the right customer; maybe there’s a regulatory barrier; maybe reimbursement is too difficult. You can easily run out of time and money before your solution makes it to patients. How can you avoid learning these lessons the hard way? You need to connect to people who know more than you do: more about persuading stakeholders, more about your sector, more about the path to market.

What We Do


We connect founders to the Rosenman Fellows: industry veterans in a range of fields including engineering, design, marketing, and regulatory matters.


We provide legal help with incorporation, through a partnership with top Silicon Valley law firms.


We back selected companies through our venture firm MedTech Venture Partners, and introduce startups to investors in our network.

Networking & Education

We host events throughout the year. Want to keep informed?

  • Get informed and inspired at “D-Series” seminars
  • Obtain advice from experts at no charge at our office hours sessions
  • Meet representatives from large companies to explore partnership
  • Take part in our demo-day program, the Rosenman Innovators, which runs April-June
  • The Rosenman Symposium, held annually in June

Our Value Proposition

We connect entrepreneurs to a wide range of resources, including mentors, clinicians, partners, and investors. We are an initiative of UC San Francisco, a leading biomedical institution, and our network of mentors is exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced in medical device commercialization.

Why “Rosenman”?


The institute is named after the late Daniel Rosenman, who dedicated 25 years to the field of medical devices. Dan was an innovative designer of novel medical technologies serving diverse clinical areas including cardiology, cardiac surgery, urology, general surgery, and ophthalmology. He led R&D efforts from the initial founding, to financing and through commercialization in multiple startups.

Dan was inventor or co-inventor on 40 U.S. patents and co-founded BioCardia, an interventional cardiology device company. His passion was not only the rapid design of innovative products, but also bringing them to clinicians and patients within a short time period and in a way that focused on the human factors, as well as clinical utility. He was known not just as a brilliant and innovative designer and inventor, but also as a person with a strong moral compass and a genuine focus on human healing and care. He was an active volunteer at the UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium. Dan’s friends and former colleagues will play a major role in the Rosenman Institute to honor him and continue his legacy in the medical device field.