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At the Fogarty Institute, we believe innovation is the lifeblood of medical advancement. This conviction drives our seasoned team as we seek unique pathways to bring life-changing medical therapies to market faster. Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty, one of the most noted cardiovascular surgeons and innovators of all time, founded the Institute with the vision of improving patients’ lives while lowering healthcare costs. As an educational nonprofit, we are uniquely positioned to expand on this goal through our programs that cultivate innovators, accelerate the development of their ideas and elevate the global medtech ecosystem.

We learn best by doing.

Focusing on Patients

Our core mission is simple: to improve the well-being of patients and their families wherever they may live.

Cultivating the Innovator

We nurture future entrepreneurs through robust educational and mentorship programs.

Accelerating the Therapy

Our programs and collaborations help us advance promising therapies so they can get to market and patients faster.

Elevating the Ecosystem

By bringing together the innovation ecosystem, we help shape global policy and regulation through informed advocacy and find new ways for interested parties to collaborate in advancing medical innovation.

Since our inception, we have mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs, government officials, corporate and healthcare partners, and future innovators.

Our strategic partnerships make our success possible.

El Camino Hospital

Thanks to the Institute’s proximity to El Camino Hospital, our medtech startups can identify and solve real clinical needs, while having access to world-class nurses, technicians and physicians who work on healthcare challenges daily and can provide instant feedback on what works and what doesn’t.

Companies-in-residence also can conduct clinical research that fine-tunes their solutions.

These opportunities for collaboration ultimately create more effective devices and solutions.

Stanford Biodesign

The Fogarty Institute has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Stanford Biodesign, an esteemed program aimed at advancing healthtech innovation.

Our roots are deep and intertwined: Many of our companies stem from Stanford Biodesign, and their students regularly visit to learn from the early-stage startups and our graduates.

Our staff and board members are part of their mentoring team, and our entrepreneurs benefit from interacting with their world-class experts.

Mature Medtech Companies

As an incubator of carefully selected medtech companies, we offer our corporate partners a unique view into the startup culture, which gives them an opportunity to learn first-hand how to apply our spirit of innovation domestically and abroad.

We offer partner teams an opportunity to co-locate with our startups in an entrepreneurial setting.

At the Fogarty Institute, we know that breakthroughs occur when we learn from each other.

Innovator Community

Underscoring our belief that working together yields better solutions, we have formed strong collaborations with other like-minded organizations focused on medtech advancement.

Our team and entrepreneurs frequently speak at universities, participate in industry-leading events, and engage in discussions with a variety of global companies and hospital administrators to help advance our industry.

We plan to expand our collaborations in an effort to broaden our impact and help elevate the medtech ecosystem as a whole.

Working together, we can enhance the lives of countless patients worldwide.

Thomas Fogarty, MD

Medical pioneer. Patient advocate.

Dr. Fogarty is an internationally recognized cardiovascular surgeon, inventor, entrepreneur and vintner. He has dedicated his entire career to improving patient care and has acquired 190 medical patents for his revolutionary work, including the “industry standard” Fogarty balloon catheter and the widely used Aneurx Stent Graft that replaced the open surgery aortic aneurysm. His inventions heavily influence the way surgery is performed today. Dr. Fogarty has been recognized by countless organizations for his contributions to medical science. Dr. Fogarty founded the Fogarty Institute for Innovation on the campus of El Camino Hospital in 2007 to spur medical device innovation, improve patient care and lower healthcare costs.

Founded more than 45 medical device companies

Named inventor on 190 medical device patents

Awarded the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation

Awarded 2000 Lemelsen-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation

Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons

Member of the National Hall-of-Fame and Academy of Engineering

Co-founder of Three Arch Partners venture capital firm

Managing Partner of Emergent Medical Partners