Carnegie Mellon University

Medical Devices



Calibrace+, an orthotic back brace to improve posture for people with neuromuscular diseases and posture discomfort.

Founder: Courtney Williamson


ActivAided Orthotics

ActivAided Orthotics has developed a line of Postural Training Apparel to eliminate back pain by training self-corrective habits. By using the body's own natural abilities, this wearable device addresses the root cause of back pain by teaching patients how to correct the harmful behaviors in their everyday activities. ActivAided's first product RecoveryAid was found to decrease back pain in 90% of users, helping them return to their desired active lifestyles.

Founders: Brianne Burton, Kelly Collier, Philip Manor, Alice Mayfield

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Advanced Optronics

AO is a team of engineers from Carnegie Mellon University developing flexible, biocompatible sensor systems to enable smarter, less invasive surgery for a variety of medical applications. Our technology uses flexible micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) sensors integrated with the cochlear implant electrode to provide real-time feedback to surgeons to improve patient outcomes.

Founders: Jay Reddy, Maysam Chamanzar



AnCure is a medical device company that is focused on improved treatment of brain aneurysms using drug eluting coils. Ancure received an SBIR grant in 2015.

Founder: Christopher Bettinger


Audition Tech

Over-the-counter hearing aid technology for people with low to moderate hearing loss.

Founders: Shayan Gupta, Shreya Gupta


EXG Wear

EXGwear provides smart, AI-enabled wearable devices and apps to enhance user productivity, safety and comfort in daily life. Their first product, EXGbuds, is a simple, compact, customizable headset that allows users to seamlessly interact with their smart home and external assistive devices with simple eye movements and facial gestures, completely touch-free.

Founder: Ker-Jiun Wang



Fibulas is developing the "GitHub for Life" -- a version control system for living biospecimens with core technologies in cryopreservation, bio-imaging, and version control.

Founders: Xiaotian Ma, Ying Pan


Fluid Form

FluidForm is the global leader in 3D bioprinting human tissue. Their patented technology is the most advanced in the world, demonstrating the ability to make working components of the human heart in a landmark publication in Science in 2019. On the path to build working organs for replacement, they are working with select biopharmaceutical and medical device companies to leverage our platform for complex clinical needs including the provision of advanced toxicity and efficacy models; and implantable collagen or ECM based medical devices. The company raised a Seed round in 2019, led by Mountain State Capital.


Forest Devices

Stroke is the number one leading cause of disability because delays in treatment lead to life-long impairments. Forest Devices non-invasive, diagnostic technology can identify stroke in ambulances, nursing homes and other pre-hospital environments.

Founder: Matt Kesinger


Human Motion Technologies

HMT is commercializing several CMU technologies related to prosthetics for lower-limb amputees, including systems to mimic available prosthetic devices as an aid in prescribing an appropriate prosthetic device, as well as new power-assisted prosthetic devices.

Founder: Josh Caputo


Impact Proteomics

Impact Proteomics sells sample preparation tools that ensure every analytical workflow starts with a high-quality sample, allowing researchers to obtain useful data faster with higher statistical confidence, and ultimately accelerate time to market for high impact therapies, drugs, and diagnostic tools.  Their patent pending technology enables the purification and cleanup of protein samples from any starting material and is sold direct to consumers as a consumable kit that contains all the reagents and hardware for customers to perform sample preparation quickly, easily, and efficiently.  Raised $300,000 in seed funding and received 1.2 million in non-dilutive funding from the National Science Foundation.

Founders: Jonathan Minden, Amber Lucas


Lifeware Labs

Lifeware Labs is developing soft, flexible electronic sensors that conform to the human body for improved vitals monitoring while remaining low-profile and unobtrusive. They have received an SBIR grant from DoD.

Founders: Alexi Charalambides, Carmel Majidi, Brian Stancil, Philip LeDuc



MindTrace is developing software tools to help protect a neurosurgery patient’s mind during brain surgery. MindTrace pairs 3D brain maps with measures of a neurosurgery patient’s behavioral performance, simulates surgical resection plans, and predicts cognitive outcomes – all before the first incision, or in real-time during surgery. MindTrace’ platform will allow clinical teams to iterate on their surgical plan by exploring different paths of approach to a lesion, and the consequences of being more or less aggressive with the resections at the margin between lesion and healthy brain tissue.

Founders: Max Sims, Brad Mahon



Peca Labs is a medical device product development company specializing in finding solutions for diseases with small patient populations. Peca Labs has focused initially on those diseases that affect the pediatric cardiovascular system. The Masa Valve, a patient-specific heart valve for pediatric RVOT reconstruction, has been implanted successfully in patients with superior results to its only market competitor.

Founders: Steven Quinterno, C. Bernstein



PHQRL provides e-wellness management systems that deliver medical nutrition therapy, diabetes management education, and wellness counseling. PHRQL is operating in over 17 states.

Founders: Henry Werronen, Henry Werronen, Paul Sandberg, David Randall


Precision Neuroscopics

Precision Neuroscopics is developing an Ultra-Resolution Electroencephalography (UR-EEG) – a non-invasive, portable, low-cost imaging device that can detect a specific type of brain waves. The UR-EEG device is an instrument that contains high-density array of electrodes that can be easily placed onto the scalp to measure EEG waves. Novel electrode materials can allow the system to be easily placed on the head, while keeping the electrodes wet for hours, solving one of the major problems in EEG systems today. After a head injury, these brain waves can be measured and detected by algorithms developed by the team, to provide early diagnosis of brain injuries in real time to predict secondary injuries and declining brain condition.

Founders: Shawn Kelly, Ashwati Krishnan, Jeff Weldon, Pulkit Grover



REBIScan is a medical device and data analytics firm developing pediatric vision scanners to detect serious eye conditions.

Founder: Justin Shaka


Resilient Lifescience

Opioid overdose is the #1 killer of Americans under 50. Roughly half of the 80,000 deaths per year occur in isolation, with no chance for a bystander to administer the lifesaving drug naloxone. Resilient Lifescience is developing a solution: a wearable medical device with potential to automatically detect and reverse an opioid overdose..

Founders: Bradford Holden, Charlie Proctor



Rubitection developed specific technology, the Rubitect, to help healthcare institutions manage pressure ulcers (PUs) more effectively by improving the accuracy of early pressure ulcer diagnosis. The Rubitect addresses the clinical problems associated with the subjective manual blanch test, the clinical standard, by providing a reliable and quantitative method for diagnosing PUs. The company has received SBIR funding from NIH and NSF, PLSG, Innovation Works.

Founder: Sanna Gaspard