#FemaleFounderFriday: Dr. Maria Keeps Crushing It

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When Maria Artunduaga, MD was an MTM student at Cal, she teamed up with EWMBA students for Berkeley Haas’ Lean LaunchPad class. Respira Labs’ solution for monitoring lung function in COPD patients was Steve Blank’s favorite team…and that was just the beginning.  Respira went on to seize every opportunity, including UC LAUNCH Accelerator & NSF I-Corps to learn more and find product-market fit.

The company recently received a patent as well as a Phase I SBIR grant from NSF. They’re also getting a second Phase I SBIR/STTR from NIH. Because of the scope and relevance, NIH allowed an extra $100k for a total of $250K.

For the next year, Dr. Maria and team will be working with UCSF and the SF VA Medical Centers for a clinical trial to monitor remote lung function with 60 COPD patients and healthy controls. The trial is designed to validate the technology against the current clinical gold standard–a crucial step for every medical device company on the way to improving healthcare.

What’s next? If past is prologue, look to the sky as Respira Labs continues its unstoppable trajectory!

Meet Maria and other top National I-Corps alums from UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and Stanford next Thursday for our National I-Corps Team Showcase.  Register here to receive the Zoom link. We’ll also post the link after the event.

Want to be like Dr. Maria and see what UC LAUNCH and NSF I-Corps can do for your startup? Apply for a special COVID edition of LAUNCH this Fall by 8/31. Apply for our next monthly, *free* NSF I-Corps training (8/17, 19, 24) by 7/31.