MedStart Mentor Network

The MedStart Mentor Network is comprised of local and regional mentors that are experts in their particular field. Each Mentor is a Member or a Sponsor of MedStart and directly supports the innovation that the Sacramento region is building. Through our network of experts, you can have direct support for Management, HR, Legal, Financial, Clinical, Production and IT services. If you need support in specific specialty that is represented by our Mentors or in another area that is not listed, contact Matt Phillips at MedStart and we will get the support you need. Our mentor list is always growing so please check back periodically for additional Mentors.

Amit Vohra, PhD, MBA

Business and corporate strategy for medical devices and health IT companies; company formation; business planning; strategic partnerships; fund-raising

Available 1-2 hours/week

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Gabriela Lee, MBA, MS

Business development professional with extensive experience in academia-industry-government partnerships and grants for medtech, biophotonics, research collaborations.

Available 1-2 Hours per week

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Evelyn Milani

Expert interviewer and talent sourcer. Can help identify candidates that will be best-suited as a long-term employee in your organization.

Available Wednesdays between 4pm and 5pm

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Ram Srinivasan

Mentor & Chair of the Selection Committee, German Accelerator Inc.  Broad and deep executive and investment experience. Led and participated in fund raising efforts for numerous companies. Negotiated over 100 win-win partnership/BD agreements and strategic alliances across multiple sectors.


Available 1-2 Hours per week

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Terry Sisco

Owner of Zimmer Biomet Spine’s Northern California distributorship.  He has 20+ years of medical device sales and marketing experience, including executive positions at Medtronic and Boston Scientific.

Available 1-2 Hours per week

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Tim Meadows

Healthcare Executive with Sutter Care at Home in Hospice & Advanced Illness Management.  Skilled leader with 20+ years success leading strategic growth initiatives, customer service enhancements, and improving organizational performance and profitability. Knowledgeable about design thinking, patient safety, Medicare, home health care, hospice, improving patient outcomes, customer service.

Available 1-2 Hours per week

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Matt Phillips

15 years of experience in Business Development and Sales Strategy for Medical Device technology and Biologics

Available 2 hours a week

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Jim Swick is currently an independent consultant and advisor assisting medical device and biotech companies with development. Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at LyChron, LLC. Faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine lecturing in the Biodesign and Innovation Fellowship Program and has more than 30 years experience as a preclinical and clinical investigator both in academia and industry.

Available 1-2 Hours per week

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MedStart member ViVita Technologies, among final four in Sacramento Kings event

March 24, 2016March 24, 2016

Four startups are finalists in contest co-sponsored by Sacramento Kings


Four local technology companies emerged from three rounds of judging Tuesday in a startup contest co-sponsored by the Sacramento Kings. They will make pitches again next month before a home crowd that will choose a winner.

The Kings and Velocity Venture Capital put together a competition for startup companies that works like March Madness, with companies competing in brackets by making pitches to panels of judges from finance and technology companies.

Nearly 100 companies applied to be part of the “Capitalize” pitching contest. Kings President Chris Granger said that demonstrates the strength of Sacramento's entrepreneurial community.


Velocity narrowed the field to an initial group of 32 firms. Those companies competed at Velocity’s downtown offices just three blocks from the Golden 1 Center construction site.

The finalists include legal practice management app Quicklegal, heart valve research and development company ViVita Technology, educational robot company Barobo Inc. and green fertilizer company California Safe Soil.

The final four companies will pitch to Kings fans at Sleep Train Arena during the April 5 game against the Portland Trailblazers. Kings fans will choose the top pitch via Twitter. The top pick wins $5,000, consulting sessions and lunch with Kings executives and a team owner.

The companies include some newly minted startups and some companies that are selling products and generating revenue. Some of the companies have even raised millions of dollars in investment rounds, such as California Safe Soil.

Jack Crawford Jr., Velocity Venture Capital’s managing partner, introduced the competition, saying that Sacramento entrepreneurs have to embrace their position as a part of the San Francisco and Silicon Valley business and technology environment.

People have been waiting for a leader to develop Sacramento to be a technology center, Crawford said, talking to the audience of companies preparing to pitch. But “It’s time to stop waiting," he said. "It’s you.”

MedStart gets first new Chair since inception

February 10, 2016February 10, 2016  

Sacramento Tech Nonprofit SARTA Logging Off

January 29, 2016January 29, 2016
1 Sep, 2015 Sacramento Tech Nonprofit SARTA Logging Off Captial Public Radio: The Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA) has ceased operations as of August 31. "SARTA is ending operations due to financial constraints," says SARTA CEO Howard Bubb.

SARTA Abruptly Shuts Down

January 29, 2016
SARTA Abruptly Shuts Down
Sacramento Business Journal: The Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance is shutting down, the group’s recently appointed CEO said Tuesday.

Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance is folding

January 29, 2016
Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance is folding
Sacramento Bee: SARTA announced Tuesday that its board of directors voted a day earlier to go out of business after 14 years.