Attention all life science start-ups:  get help here!

The WIN Mentoring Program gives promising early stage Washington Life Science and Global Health ventures world class advice and assistance through their most critical stages.

In this milestone-focused program, entrepreneurs are matched with an all-star team of seasoned volunteer advisors. Entrepreneurs receive professional advice from teams of professionals with deep and diverse expertise in commercialization and business execution.

WIN is modeled after two successful programs: MIT Venture Mentoring Service and Chicago Innovation Mentors, and was adapted to the unique needs of the Washington Life Science and Global Health community.














Program Admission Overview/Logistics

  1. Come into Life Science Washington Institute for a consult with one of our expert consultants and staff:
  • The purpose of this meeting is to hear a little about your company, learn whether it fits into the scope of technologies we have expertise in among our mentors, and for you to learn more about the program and whether it might be a good fit for you.
  1. If selected, you will be asked to complete a short application and submit an executive summary. Applications are solicited quarterly.
  2. Attend Screening Committee meeting to pitch to mentors: 10 min pitch, 10 min Q&A. The committee is composed of mentors who will evaluate the pitch and provide recommendations.
  3. If admitted, teams are assembled at a mentor-only meeting.
  4. Once assembled, the ventures are notified of their new team and attend an on-boarding session.
  5. Initially, teams meet on average every 6 weeks and then at longer intervals as needed.


Please direct any questions to Dr. Ingrid Ruf (


Mentor & Program Statistics

50 Mentors
34 Graduates
54 Ventures
>171M Raised
  • “The WIN Mentoring Program provided my company with a lot of information that would have been difficult to get anywhere else.”

    – Dema Poppa, CEO of Invio Inc.

Our Entrepreneurs

(Aug 2019)
  • 2Morrow, Inc.
  • Breast Microseed, Inc.
  • Precision Image Analysis
  • Pillsy
  • Longevity Surgical, Inc.
  • VIA Global Health
  • Novuson Surgical, Inc.
  • Inmedix, LLC.
  • Litesprite
  • M3 Biotechnology
  • Stasys Medical Corp
  • Phase Genomics
  • TwinStrand Biosciences
  • Cyrus Biotechnology
  • PotaVida
  • Circle Technologies
  • PVP Biologics
  • Epoch Medical Innovations
  • Iasis Molecular Sciences
  • SamePage Health
  • Innovative Dental Technologies
  • Healionics
  • PRONTO International
  • InstantMD
  • SiDx
  • Med25
  • Format Health
  • SafKan Health
  • Precision Assays
  • Tasso
  • Invio
  • A-Alpha Bio
  • MedsForAll
  • Pyrus Medical
  • Neonatal Sciences & Research
  • A.I. Analysis
  • TourniTek
  • Omic
  • LightSpeed Microscopy
  • X-Cellsystem
  • Grace & Able
  • Medsense
  • Parasite ID
  • Badger Braces
  • Xonotiv

Funding for this program is provided by:


Contact Dr. Ingrid Ruf at