Innovators for 2014

Thanks to all who attended our Workbench events for 2013. If you've missed any from past years, please see our previous innovators page for the video and audio recording.

March 26
5:30 - 7:00 pm
André-Michel Ballester

Chief Executive Officer, Director and Member of Executive Committee, Sorin

*Andre-Michel Ballester was unable to fly into SFO for the event, so it has been cancelled - sorry for the inconvenience.

McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center
[see below for directions]

EVENT WAS CANCELLED - refunds for all who paid have been issued. We apologize for the inconvenience.

May 12
5:30 - 7:00 pm
The Tracy Lefteroff Memorial Event*Stanton Rowe & Stan Rabinovich
Corporate Vice President, Advanced Technology and Chief Scientific Officer, Edwards Lifescience and Vice President, Advanced Technology at Edwards Lifesciences, respectively.

McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center
[see below for directions]

Event has passed.

Listen to the audio.

Workbench sponsor:


Tracy Lefteroff

Tracy LefteroffThe California Healthcare Institute (CHI), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Fogarty Institute for Innovation (FII) have collaborated to create The Lefteroff Fund to honor our longtime supporter and friend, of both Biodesign and the Innovator's Workbench series, Tracy Lefteroff, for his legacy of commitment and dedication to accelerating entrepreneurship, investment and innovation in the life sciences:

By supporting educational scholarships, programs and medical innovation projects, The Lefteroff Fund helps spur innovative ideas, and develops and educates promising medical innovators who have demonstrated significant potential in the area of medical advancement. Awards will help bring concepts to fruition that create new technologies, therapies, diagnostics and products for patients with unmet medical needs. Awards and scholarships educate students, inventors and the community about entrepreneurship, innovation and investment in the life sciences.

• A Fund to be used to invest in individuals, programs or early stage ideas that will create the next generation of life sciences ideas;
• A Fund to honor Tracy’s contributions as a leader, a mentor and a friend;
• A Fund to be housed at and administered by the Fogarty Institute for Innovation, a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit dedicated to mentoring, training and inspiring the next generation of medical innovators.

Each year the first 'From the Innovator's Workbench' will be held in Tracy's honor.

Directions/Parking for McCaw Hall

McCaw Hall,
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6105
(650) 723-2021

Directions from US 101:
Take the Embarcadero Road exit west - toward Stanford. At El Camino Real, Embarcadero turns into Galvez Street as it enters the Stanford campus. Stay in the left lane and continue toward the center of campus. The Alumni Center is on the right side of Galvez Street, just after you cross over Campus Drive

Directions from Interstate 280:
Exit Sand Hill Road east toward Stanford. Continue east, turning right at the traffic light on Santa Cruz Avenue. Make an immediate left onto Junipero Serra Boulevard. Turn left at the second traffic light and onto Campus Drive East. Continue around Campus Drive East and turn left when you reach Serra Street, at the gas station. Follow Serra Street until it ends at Galvez Street.

Directions from El Camino Real:
Exit El Camino Real at University Avenue. Turn toward the hills (away from the center of Palo Alto). As you enter Stanford, University Avenue becomes Palm Drive. Go through one traffic light, and turn left onto Campus Drive at the first stop sign.


After 4pm and on weekends, parking is free throughout the University. Limited visitor parking is available in the Track Lot at the corner of Galvez Street and Campus Drive. Metered parking is enforced Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arrillaga Map