Community Partners

Our Community Partner interact with the Stanford and the broader Medical Device community by

  • Speaking to the Stanford community via courses, seminar panels and conferences;
  • Assessing Stanford biomedical technologies, advising Stanford inventors;
  • Mentoring and advising of the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellows; and
  • Being active in Biodesign community events.

Community Partners also provide contacts and resources for the patenting of new technologies. For more information about the Biodesign Community Partners Program, please contact Christine Kurihara by email:

Thanks to our Community Partners:

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Cooley is a national law firm for the converging worlds of high technology, high finance and high-stakes litigation. We are counselors, strategists and advocates for the foremost private and public companies across a wide variety of industries and in all major technology fields. Our clients include business organizations, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, financial institutions, private equity firms, professional services firms and real estate owners and developers. Cooley has approximately 650 attorneys and represents clients in more than 20 industries.

In helping our clients grow their businesses, we draw upon our experience with industry-leading public companies and financial institutions, as well as our extensive work with innovative entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies. Whether forming creative start-ups, facilitating seed and mezzanine financing, handling initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions, or providing strategic prelitigation counseling and representation in adversarial proceedings, Cooley is as equally adept at representing two-person start-ups as it is Fortune 500 companies.

Attorneys in Cooley’s preeminent Business practice are well known for their expertise in the areas of venture capital and private equity, corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, life sciences and technology transactions, tax and real estate, making Cooley a go-to firm for clients seeking counseling in these areas.

Contact Cooley:
3175 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1130
Frank Rahmani
Gregory Clark
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Dorsey & Whitney

Dorsey is a business law firm, applying a business perspective to clients' needs. We've earned our clients' trust because we understand that client service is a core value. In fact, our partnership began in 1912 to meet the specific needs of a prominent Minneapolis business. Quite literally, Dorsey exists to serve its clients. Companies turn to us because we understand how to manage even the most complicated legal matters. Our deep experience, supported by a formidable corporate infrastructure, allows us to resolve our clients' toughest projects: massive mergers, sophisticated contracts, complex litigation and more.
Contact Dorsey & Whitney:
305 Lytton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Evan Ng
Scott Smith
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Fogarty Institute


The mission of the Fogarty Institute for Innovation is to promote medical innovation by providing support to promising innovators and researchers as they transform their creative ideas into practical solutions to improve patient care. We offer mentorship and education at every step of the process, coordinating access to intellectual, physical, and financial resources to propel medical concepts from initiation to application.

Contact Fogarty Institute:
Melchor Pavilion (at El Camino Hospital)
2490 Hospital Drive, Suite 310
Mountain View, CA 94040

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The Foundry


The Foundry is a highly experienced team of technical and senior executives who have, prior to joining The Foundry, created medical device businesses generating over $2.5 billion of value for their founders and investors. Since 1998, nine companies have been founded and financed through The Foundry, further establishing a proven track record of success. The Foundry is a full-capability incubator, with resources spanning all functional areas and a fully equipped medical device development facility. The Foundry literally becomes the new company throughout the critical seed stage.

Contact The Foundry:
199 Jefferson Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Hanson Gifford
Mark Deem

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Intellectual Innovations


Intellectual Innovations is a firm dedicated to supporting intellectual property efforts for medical device companies.

Contact Intellectual Innovations:
Intellectual Innovations Legal Advisors
1422 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
M P.O. Box 430, Menlo Park, CA 94026-0430
O 650.458.5517

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Knobbe Martens' Silicon Valley office is in close proximity to the firm's growing client roster, which includes clients in the medical device, biotechnology, high-tech and venture capital industries. The office is just blocks from the Stanford University campus in the heart of Palo Alto. The Silicon Valley office is ideally situated to serve the firm's clients in all areas of intellectual property law, including litigation, patents and trademarks, licensing, venture capital due diligence and related client counseling.
Contact Knobbe Martens:
2465 East Bayshore Road
Suite 302
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Tel: 650-752-1100
Fax: 650-752-1101
Gerard von Hoffmann
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PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry-focused services for public and private clients in order to build public trust and enhance value through the application of what they call Connected Thinking.
Contact PWC:
Three Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, California 94111-4004
Tracy Lefteroff
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Voyage Medical

Voyage Medical is developing a medical imaging and therapeutic technology that will transform therapy in percutaneous intracardiac procedures. The innovative platform addresses a common need, one especially important for complex medical procedures – to see what you are doing.

The Direct Endocardial Visualization Ablation Catheter - IRIS™ System provides physicians a real-time high-resolution color view of treatment areas, such as in the ablation of Atrial Fibrillation (AF).
Contact Voyage:
610 Galveston Drive
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past four decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector. The firm's legal expertise serves clients at all stages of growth, from venture-backed start-up companies to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. The firm's clients include some of the most recognized names in the technology, retail, life sciences, venture capital, and finance sectors.
Contact Wilson Sonsini:
650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, California 94304-1050
Casey McGlynn
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