• Pitcher must hold an academic appointment (tenured/tenure track/research) and a pending or issued patent or copyright. Postdocs are not eligible to apply.
  • Product concept no more than 4 years from IND or product launch
  • No formal incorporation required. However, if a startup has been formed, the company should not have raised more than $1M USD.
  • Ability to attend at least one, 1-hour Zoom meeting per month January — June 2021
  • Technology is in one of these categories:
    • MedTech 
    • Therapeutics
    • Physical Sciences


November 10, 2021
Applications Due (MedTech/Therapeutics)

November 11 — 19, 2021
Application Review (MedTech/Therapeutics)

November 22 — December 3, 2021
Finalists Interviews (MedTech/Therapeutics)

December 17, 2021
Pitchers Announced (MedTech/Therapeutics)

January 25, 2022
Applications Due (New category: Physical Sciences)

January — June 2022
Pitcher/Mentor monthly 1:1 meetings, 1 hr per month minimum

June 2022
30 minute practice session

June 30, 2022
Virtual pitch event

2022 Pitchers

MedTech Pitchers

Jennifer Blain Christen
Arizona State University

Maria Croyle
University of Texas at Austin

Mary Driscoll
Yale University

Nancy Guo
West Virginia University

Ariella Shikanov
University of Michigan

Katelyn Swindle-Reilly
The Ohio State University

Danielle Tullman-Ercek
Northwestern University

Therapeutics Pitchers

Julie Magarian Blander
Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University

Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg
Washington University in St. Louis

Ornit Chiba-Falek
Duke University

Julie Goodwin
Yale University

Sui Huang
Northwestern University

Monica Jablonski
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Barbara Osborne
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Karin Westlund High
University of New Mexico Health Science Center

2021 Pitchers

MedTech Pitchers

Guelay Bilen-Rosas
University of Wisconsin

Susann Brady-Kalnay
Case Western Reserve University

Hong Chen
Washington University in St. Louis

Anjelica Gonzalez
Yale University

Anais Rameau
Cornell University

Kyuson Yun
Houston Methodist/Cornell University

Therapeutics Pitchers

Moshmi Bhattacharya
Rutgers University

Angelique Bordey
Yale University

Ashley Brown
North Carolina State University

Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova
University of Kentucky

Ruchi Gupta
Northwestern University

Carrie Perlman
Stevens Institute of Technology

2020 (Inaugural Pitchers)

Diagnostics & Medical Devices

Reetuparna Das
University of Michigan
Startup: Sequal
Technology: Ultra-rapid molecular diagnosis of cancer

Melanie Joy
University of Colorado
Katharos, Inc.
Extracorporeal device for optimizing phosphate control in hemodialysis

Sunyoung Kim
Louisiana State UniversitySchool of Medicine & Health Sciences Center
Startup: Chosen Diagnostics Inc.
Technology: Biomarker panel to improve necrotizing enterocolitis diagnosis

Kacey Marra
University of Pittsburgh
Startup: AxoMax Technologies, Inc.
Technology: Biodegradable nerve guide

Sarah Vigmostad
The University of Iowa
Startup: SynderBio, Inc.
Technology: Novel, high-throughput cell separation
techniques for single cell sequencing and cancer diagnosis

Pamela Woodard
Washington University in St. Louis
Startup: GwynTech
Technology: AtheroBrite


Alexis Demonbreun
Northwestern University
Ikaika Therapeutics
Genetic modifiers of muscle disease as therapeutic targets

Barbara Ehrlich
Yale University
Startup: Center Pharm
Technology: A new target for treatment of Wolfram Syndrome

Yiping Han
Columbia University
Technology: Novel therapeutics to treat familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)

Sandhya Kortagere
Drexel University
Technology: A disease modifying and neuroprotective agent to treat Parkinson’s disease

Martina Roos
University of California, Los Angeles
Startup: Sardona Therapeutics
Technology: Small molecules targeting RNA regulators in cancer stem cells

Judith Sebolt-Leopold
University of Michigan
Startup: Mekanistic Therapeutics
Technology: A first-in-class therapeutic targeting deregulation of EGFR and PI3K