StartX Med is a medical vertical of StartX focused on accelerating the development of Stanford's top medical entrepreneurs through experiential education and collective intelligence.

Recognizing that medical start-ups have industry-specific needs not addressed by the typical accelerator, StartX Med was developed by Divya Nag, a StartX alumni who founded Stem Cell Theranostics, and her company co-founder, Andrew Lee. The two sought to bring additional resources such as wet/dry lab space, animal testing facilities, clean rooms and specialized instruction on med-tech intellectual property and the FDA approval process to medical companies.

Today, StartX Med focuses on "Advancing breakthrough healthcare technologies by accelerating the development of Stanford's highest-potential medical entrepreneurs." We do so by focusing on people in order to develop a community and educate our founders in their efforts to transform healthcare. We support founders across the entire innovation life cycle in biotechnology, medical device, health IT, care delivery innovation, imaging and diagnostics.

StartX Med companies apply through the same competitive StartX process and work alongside the entrepreneurs in the StartX program.

We take 0% equity from founders.

  • 70% commercial viability

    70% StartX Med companies have demonstrated major commercial progress or exits (eg, revenue, partnerships, acquisitions)

  • 25 Companies

    25 Medical companies have gone through StartX Med, now employing 120+ employees

  • 14 Patents and 100+ Publications

    StartX Med founders have produced 14 patents and over 100 peer-reviewed publications

 

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StartX Med Innovation Challenge (MedIC)

StartX Med Innovation Challenge (MedIC) is a 50-hr weekend bringing together top talent in design, entreprenurship, engineering, computer science and medicine to develop solutions to a themed topic in medical innovation. Teams formed during the weekend develop product ideas, work with expert coaches in the industry and create convincing pitches to a panel of judges. Winners become finalists for the StartX Med program to further develop their company. The first innovation challenge was held in partnership with Stanford Hospitals and Clinics and the Corporate Partners Program, Stanford University Medical Center.

Read more about the Innovation Challenge here: StartX MedIC Event Packet

 

A Community for Founders

StartX Med has accelerated the development of some of Stanford's best medical entrepreneurs.

Our founders range from undergrads and masters students to post docs, professors, and Stanford alumni. We are proud to be building a community of all the top medical founders from Stanford.

Our founders have released products, become profitable, raised funding, filed patents, and been covered extensively in the press, including TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine, Forbes, and many more.

  • "StartX Med has been instrumental in helping us develop as entrepreneurs. The community is very supportive and has pushed us to never give up. Our mentors routinely go beyond our expectations to advise us and connect us to their personal networks so we can reach our goals. I would strongly advise any entrepreneur serious about starting a company to apply to StartX."

    - Andrew Lee
    Stem Cell Theranostics, StartX Med First Session

  • "StartX Med has built an unrivaled founder and mentor community that has seen exponential growth in its influence and impact. Our community enables both alumni and current founders to access a wealth of knowledge and experience that each individual entrepreneur or company cannot possess. This is indeed a privilege, one that helps avoid mistakes, solve real problems much faster, and learn to navigate often-complex industries like healthcare. "

    - Victor Gane
    DermLink, StartX Med First Session

  • "StartX Med mentors are accomplished entrepreneurs who guide you in building your vision into reality, without pushing their own vision on to you. The tools, insights, success and failures they shared, inspired us and helped us learn to purposefully make effective decisions that soon turned out to be of great strategic importance for the success of our business."

    - Pratik Verma
    AgeTak Inc., StartX Med First Session

  • Stem.cell.theranostics

    Drug screening using human cardiomyocytes derived from patients to accelerate the drug development process. Recently received a $20M grant from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine

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  • Agetak.inc

    AgeTak builds solutions for healthcare and financial markets that simplify: combining enterprise data assets, maintaining identifiable-information privacy, and creating legal proof-of-compliance.

StartX Med Companies

 

World-Class Mentorship

StartX Med benefits from the best mentors in Silicon Valley ranging from entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to professors and lecturers from the Med School. We have selected the top experts in today's technologies such as Web 2.0, SaaS, cloud computing, mobile application, as well as business expertise on marketing, sales, operations, and finance.

The mentors will provide your teams guidance and advice based on your specific needs through panels, lectures, and informal meetings. By forming personal relationships with the best and the brightest entrepreneurial minds, you will not only gain access to their unique networks, but you will be provided the guidance you need to start your company off on the right track.

Med Mentors

Paul.yock
Paul Yock Director and Founder Stanford BioDesign Program
Missy.krasner
Missy Krasner Founding Member Google Health
Tom.ruby
Tom Ruby Co-founder Miret Surgical
Uri.lopatin
Uri Lopatin Senior Director Clinical and Translational Research at Gilead Sciences
Mike.kaplan
Mike Kaplan Founder and Managing Director Altos Health Management
Marta.zanchi
Marta Zanchi Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Strategy Vascular Access Technologies
Michael.alvarez
Michael Alvarez Founder BayBio
Arjun.rao
Arjun Rao Clinical Effectiveness Lead Stanford Hospital
John.flygare
John Flygare Senior Scientist Genetech
Scott.barclay
Scott Barclay Chief Strategy Officer Surescripts
Joe.mandato
Joe Mandato Managing Director De Novo Ventures
Boyd.faust
Boyd Faust Chief Financial Officer Titan Health Corporation
Sean.handel
Sean Handel Senior Vice President of Product Management Epocrates
Milt.mccoll
Milt McColl Founder Gauss Surgical
John.fesko
John Fesko Director of Business Development Roche Molecular Systems
Marco.smit
Marco Smit President Health 2.0
Albert.chan
Albert Chan Chief Medical Information Officer Palo Alto Medical Foundation
 

StartX Med in the Press

"StartX Expands Stanford Accelerator with StartX Med"
Forbes

"How Stanford-affiliated StartX began to embrace medical startups"
Pando Daily

"StartX Med prescribed for innovation"
Silicon Valley Business Journal

"Stanford Student Incubator StartX Launches Multiple Medical Startups"
7x7 SF

"There's a lot of additional components that medical companies need, and I think StartX gets a lot of these resources in the same place."
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

"There's a lot of additional components that medical companies need, and I think StartX gets a lot of these resources in the same place."
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal