Launching the First Single-use Endoscope for Unsedated Pediatric Endoscopy with Dr. Heather Underwood, CEO of EvoEndo


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Today’s guest is Dr. Heather Underwood, CEO of EvoEndo. She talks about launching the first unsedated single-use endoscope to market.

Heather joined EvoEndo in 2019 after completing the Stanford Biodesign Fellowship for medical device innovation. She completed her PhD at the University of Colorado (CU) - Boulder's ATLAS program, where she developed and implemented clinical decision support systems for midwives and nurses in Kenya, receiving the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Grant and Gates Grand Challenges Grant to support her research. 

Heather has spent the past 10 years founding and leading medical device startups, non-profit life science organizations, and innovative academic initiatives, including co-founding Inworks at CU Denver.

EvoEndo was co-founded in 2017 by Dr. Joel Friedlander, a pediatric gastroenterologist, and the interdisciplinary aerodigestive medicine team at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. 

EvoEndo’s mission is to make endoscopies safer for patients by eliminating the need for general anesthesia while reducing the complexity and cost of endoscopy for physicians and hospitals. EvoEndo’s system combines sterile, single-use, flexible endoscopes with virtual reality (VR) based patient distraction to allow the procedure to be performed safely in children and adults without anesthesia or sedation. 

Key Takeaways:

  • How EvoEndo’s products allow for more frequent monitoring and faster results for patients and healthcare providers
  • Tips for the journey on FDA submissions
  • How to fundraise while building relationships and trust with your investors 

Show Notes: 

EvoEndo Website 

EvoEndo on LinkedIn 

Dr. Heather Underwood on LinkedIn 

EvoEndo Raises $10.1 Million to Make Unsedated Transnasal Endoscopy a Reality for Patients and Physicians 

FDA - 510(k) Submission Process

Application to be on the show: From Lab to Launch


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