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Patient-Focused Innovation

Thomas Fogarty, MD, founded the Fogarty Institute for Innovation more than five years ago to shift the focus around device development to improving patient care while accelerating innovation. It is located on the campus of El Camino Hospital (Mountain View, CA), which provides the benefits relationships with physicians and access to its facilities. The nonprofit institute has three main programs to promote its cause.  

Innovation: Cultivation. The institute’s mentorship team selects between one and three applicants and gives them the resources they need to develop their product. Innovators have access to the institute’s lab, offices, engineering space, and other R&D resources. They are also given financial aid to cover equipment, supply, and staff expenses.
Clinical Research: Validation. The Taft Center for Clinical Research was established after the hospital received a $4 million donation. It helps accelerated the process of clinical research programs by supporting trials and allowing patient participation in trials involving innovative treatments.
Education. The institute conducts external educational activities via workshops, seminars, and medical fellowships.
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