LABJ Insider: MedTech Names Cohort


MedTech Innovator, a Westwood-based accelerator of medical technology companies, has announced its 2024 Accelerator Cohort which includes local companies. In total 65, or 5% of the companies that applied, were chosen for MTI’s four-month program.

“Our accelerator has become the gold standard, thanks to our industry-leading track record of identifying and refining the most innovative medtech startups in the world. Since launching MedTech Innovator, our more than 600 graduates have received 310 FDA approvals and clearances and secured $8 billion in follow-on funding,” Paul Grand, chief executive and founder of MedTech Innovator, said in a statement.

Local companies chosen include Assistive Technology Development Inc., which creates mobility devices to help the elderly and disabled. The program’s founding sponsors are Johnson & Johnson and Research Corporation Technologies.

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The Los Angeles LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce has named Joy Reveles as the organization’s first female president. She took over the post from Rob Wallace.

“Jessica has shown her vast understanding of business and marketing while she’s been at the Chamber, and I know she’ll bring plenty of spirit and opportunities,” Patrick Kirkwood, LAGLCC’s executive director, said in a statement.

Jessica Reveles

Reveles has more than 20 years of marketing experience and founded North Hollywood-based J Squared Communications in 2016.

“I’ve felt very inspired by how the Chamber has transformed over the past few years, and I wanted to be part of that ongoing change,” Reveles said in a statement. “Using my unique experience and connection to various groups, my vision as president is to increase opportunities for women and trans folks, as well as small businesses and people in low-income communities. I want to make LAGLCC more visible and let more businesses know we’re here to support them.”

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The Tower Cancer Research Foundation has launched The Ronnie Lippin Cancer Support and Navigation Project at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. The program will aid underserved cancer patients and is being funded by a grant from the Lippin Family Trust.

“One of the most agonizing times in my life was when Ronnie, my wife, was diagnosed with cancer,” Dick Lippin, trustee of The Lippin Family Trust, said in a statement. “There was so much I did not know about dealing with cancer and I realized if I felt this way so many others must be experiencing it as well. When Ronnie passed, I had the good fortune of being introduced to Tower Cancer Research Foundation and now the project we envisioned will be implemented by one of the country’s finest medical institutions, Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Our goal is to help as many people as possible, lacking the resources and capabilities, who now can use this program as a guiding hand through extremely challenging times.”

The Insider is compiled by Interim Editor Hannah Welk. She can be reached at [email protected]

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