Shant Vartanian Receives Accelerator Award to Develop Percutaneous Arteriovenous Fistula Device for Dialysis Access
Shant Vartanian, M.D. received an Accelerator Award to develop a Percutaneous Arteriovenous Fistula Device for Dialysis Access at the Surgical Innovations Shark Tank on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus.
This was the 2nd Shark Tank hosted by Surgical Innovations, an internal incubator/accelerator for early-stage medical devices ideas, and the first to be open to faculty in all UCSF schools and departments. The initiative was launched 3 years ago by the Department of Surgery in partnership with the Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences.
The applicant pool spanned seven departments and two schools, illustrating the wealth of innovation across UCSF. The top three teams receiving Accelerator Awards will be supported by staff engineers and program advisers to develop prototypes and advance their products towards commercialization.
Shark Tank participants (left to right): Shant Vartanian, David Conrad, Seunggu Han, Alexis Dang, Alan Dang, Jeffrey Feng, and George Widhalm pitched their medical device ideas to a panel of judges at the Surgical Innovations Shark Tank. Apr 4, 2017. Photo by Stacy Kim