UCSF Pediatric Device Accelerator

Pitch Night

November 14, 2017 - San Francisco, CA


The UCSF Pediatric Device Accelerator combines seed funding with customized clinical, engineering, regulatory, business, and product development advising from experienced innovators and industry leaders to help drive promising pediatric device ideas towards market availability for patient benefit.



Auctus Surgical

San Francisco, CA

Dynamic spinal tethering system for pediatric scoliosis

John Barrett

InkSpace Imaging

Moraga, CA

High-sensitivity, comfortable and flexible printed MRI coil arrays for pediatric patients

Balthazar Lechene, PhD


Certus Critical Care

Sacramento, CA

Pediatric VentRight Monitor

M. Austin Johnson, MD, PhD

Shape Change Technologies

Thousand Oaks, CA

Breastfeeding appliance for infants born with cleft palate

Annie Boekelheide, RN, MSN, PNP


San Francisco, CA

Pneumonia detection device

Adam Rao


Boston Children's Hospital

Boston, MA

Minimally invasive treatment for anastomotic esophageal strictures

Michael Manfredi, MD

Thorn Tech

Castro Valley, CA

Neocare peritoneal dialysis machine

John Thorn
Paul Brakeman, MD, PhD


San Francisco, CA

3D printed pectus carinatum brace

Sean Smith

People's Choice Award - $2,500*


San Francisco, CA

Pneumonia Detection Device

Adam Rao

*A previous email incorrectly stated the amount as $3,500


Mike Billig

Co-Founder & CEO, Experien Group


Mike Billig is Co-Founder and CEO of Experien Group, a medical device consulting firm. He is an expert in regulatory affairs, quality systems, clinical research, and general management. He has worked in a number of large companies and public corporations, including Medtronic, Syntex, Oximetrix, Abbot and Guidant. Mr. Billig earned his BS in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota.


Dan Burnett

President & CEO, TheraNova

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Dan Burnett is President and CEO of medical device developer TheraNova. He has helped raise over $100 million for seven spinout companies and holds 15 patents. He serves as adjunct faculty in the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and has been an entrepreneur in residence with QB3. Previously, he has worked at the FDA, Mayo Clinic, and Medventure Associates. Dr. Burnett earned his BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and MD and MBA from Duke University.


Denise Forkey

Consultant, Denise Forkey Medical Device Development Solutions


Denise Forkey is a biomedical consultant with experience in medical device product development, marketing communications, and business development. She is also President and Co-Founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Industry Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Previously, she worked at Surpass, LyChron, Guidant, Maven Laboratories, and Ergomed. Ms. Forkey earned her BS in Physics from California Lutheran University and MS in Biomedical Engineering from California State University Sacramento.


Chris Jones

Consultant, Orb Product Development


Chris Jones is a consultant at Orb Product Development and has over 25 years of experience in the medical device sector. He advises early stage medical device companies on product development, intellectual property, and business strategy during the pre-clinical and clinical phases of development. In the past, he has worked at AirXpanders, Magenta Medical, VNUS Medical Technologies, VidaMed, and Stryker Endoscopy. He holds 43 U.S. patents. Mr. Jones earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and MS in Engineering from MIT.


Russ Lindemann

Co-Founder, JustRight Surgical, LLC


Russ Lindemann is one of six founders of JustRight Surgical, LLC, a pediatric medical device company based in Colorado. He served as President and CEO from 2011 until 2016, raising funds, developing devices, gaining FDA clearance and CE mark on two devices, and commercially launching products in the US and Europe. Prior to joining JustRight Surgical, Lindemann served as President at Valleylab, resulting in the successful launch of Ligasure, the world’s first vessel sealing technology. Mr. Lindemann earned his BS from California State University Chico and MBA from Saint Mary's College of California.


Event Details

At the Pitch Competition, finalists in the UCSF Pediatric Device Accelerator presented their product ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win up to $50k in funding, advising, prototyping support, and commercialization coaching.


Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 5:00 - 7:30 PM, reception to follow
Location: UCSF Mission Hall, Room 1400
                550 16th St., San Francisco, CA