Cardiovascular health technology will be fast-forwarded through the innovative development program

DALLAS and SAN FRANCISCO, September 13, 2022 — New solutions to improve and manage cardiovascular health are urgently needed, but effective and cost-effective solutions often fail to reach patients because all critical stakeholders are not involved at the appropriate stage in the development process to ensure buy-in from patients, payers, and providers. along the way. To help innovators and stakeholders work together to move that needle, the American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives for all, and the UCSF Rosenman Institute announce a new collaboration, the program UCSF Rosenman Institute BUILD™ Heart Health.

The program is designed as an 11-month cycle of fully funded fellowships aimed at training the next generation of health technology entrepreneurs. The BUILD Heart Health program will provide an environment that helps innovators connect and integrate all essential actors and aspects of development, with a focus on new cardiovascular health technology solutions. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease has been the leading cause of death for American adults for decades.[1]

“Creating a solid path to learning how to engage with all critical stakeholders at the right time, in the right way, is essential to ensuring an effective innovation process,” said Sam Hawgood, MBBS, UCSF chancellor and Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock. Dear professor. “This program is aligned with UCSF’s mission to advance healthcare worldwide and is ideally positioned to provide future leaders with the resources and education they need to become successful innovators in the cardiovascular space . We are excited by the chance to partner with the American Heart Association in this dynamic area of ​​health technology.”

The program will provide access to professional networks and resources to launch innovation opportunities that lead to success. Each cycle of the BUILD Heart Health program is structured around team-based educational opportunities, coaching from experienced entrepreneurs and subject matter experts, and access to an advisory board and a clinical board, all with the goal of developing services, products and sustainable companies that improve cardiovascular health.

“The BUILD Heart Health program is a new, integrative education methodology for developing innovative and effective technologies for unmet medical needs in the cardiovascular space,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association. “Together, the American Heart Association and the UCSF Rosenman Institute have the knowledge and network connections to accelerate the development of health technologies. We look forward to seeing what we can achieve for cardiovascular patients everywhere when we join forces.”

Organizations and individuals who become financial sponsors will receive a number of benefits, including level recognition, opportunities to invest in companies coming from the program, the option to attend program sessions and mentor participants, and more. The pilot cycle of the program is intended to start in 2023. Additional information on funding opportunities is available here.

The American Heart Association brings nearly 100 years of science, data and evidence-based experience to the collaboration, which promises to nurture expertise and drive success for a new generation of cardiovascular health technology innovators as part of the Society’s mission to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity for a full and healthy life. The UCSF Rosenman Institute has a reputation for helping entrepreneurs gain the knowledge and connections to accelerate their path to market.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are committed to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with multiple organizations and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, protect public health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us at, Facebook, I tweet or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About the UCSF Rosenman Institute
The UCSF Rosenman Institute, a health technology initiative at the University of California, San Francisco, is a community of investors, physicians and technology entrepreneurs creating solutions for unmet healthcare needs. Its mission is to foster innovation and education and improve patient care by helping entrepreneurs from concept to commercialization. Learn more at

Media contacts:

American Heart Association: Pamela Kreigh: 214-706-1434, [email protected]

USCF Rosenman Institute BUILD™ Heart Health Program and sponsorship opportunities: [email protected]

For American Heart Association public questions: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721) and

[1] Heart disease and stroke statistics—2022 update: A report from the American Heart Association; Originally published 26 January 2022 2022; 145: e153-e639

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