Pre-development program

About the Medical Device Accelerator

The Medical Device Accelerator, sponsored by the Perelman School of Medicine and Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, in partnership with the Penn Center for Innovation and Penn Health-Tech, empowers entrepreneurs, clinicians, and researchers to create and commercialize innovative medical devices to address unmet clinical needs, improve patient outcomes, and reduce the cost of care.  The program supports faculty and staff in transforming their "paper napkin drawing" to a final product ready for clinical use. We also partner with PCI Ventures to help participants make the transition from device to company after the program concludes.  

About the pre-development program

For individuals thinking about applying to the Medical Device Accelerator, the pre-development program is a great place to start.  We have partnered with NextFab to offer inventors access to design and prototyping services to test explicit hypotheses associated with their medical device ideas.  The goal of the pre-development program is to enable inventors to collect early evidence about their creations that can be leveraged to secure funding for development and pursue patent protection down the line.  Funding for this program is provided by the Center for Health Care Innovation and NextFAB provides matching in-kind services.  To apply to the pre-development program, complete the form below.  Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.  You will hear from a member of our team within 30 business days about the status of your application.

About NextFab

NextFab is a network of membership-based makerspaces in Philadelphia and Delaware that provide access to tools, technology, education, events, and services for makers of any skill level.  


  • Inventor must be a Penn Medicine or University of Pennsylvania employee 
  • Penn IP
  • Concept must be a medical device as defined by the FDA



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