helping healthcare


Supporting innovators to advance human health

Based in Los Angeles, BioTools Innovator was established to improve human health by accelerating the growth of a broad spectrum of life science tools and diagnostics. BioTools Innovator matches industry leaders with innovative early stage and emerging growth biotechnology-focused companies for mentorship and support.

BioTools Innovator is a new program powered by MedTech Innovator, the largest life science accelerator in the world. Leveraging the successful model of our flagship program, BioTools Innovator is intended to support entrepreneurs that are developing a broad spectrum of biotechnology products, platforms and services that are enabling the future of healthcare.

We recognize the best-in-class startups across the life science tools industry. Companies selected for this honor receive a slot in the BioTools Innovator virtual accelerator, which provides high profile visibility and access to funding, Ecosystem and customized educational curriculum investors, stakeholders, decision makers; a network of mentors and peers; and participation in a customized educational curriculum. Additionally, accelerator companies compete for up to $300,000 in non-dilutive funding.

Number of Years in Operation
Portfolio Companies
Follow on Funding
$ 0 M
Awarded in Cash Prizes
$ 234998
Participating in BTI has been incredibly useful as we scale our business. Meeting other entrepreneurs at the kick off meeting and participating in the regular webinars provided us with contacts and structure that we have used to develop strategy and execute on tactics but the biggest benefits have been working with the mentors who have provided invaluable feedback on commercial and corporate strategy based on their real world experience. Kudos!"
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David Craford
CEO & Co-Founder, BacStich DNA
The BioTools Innovator program was an invaluable opportunity to connect with a global community of entrepreneurs, investors and corporate players in the life science tools ecosystem. For an early stage company like Limula, building international connections to the most relevant people is key to success. Winning the award provided us with a boost in visibility in the USA, as well as additional runway to reach a major milestone before raising our first round of financing. But the most value was in the quality of the mentors who contributed time to help us better position our product and communicate the value proposition."
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Luc Henry
CEO & Co-Founder, Limula
Our initial goal was to get more exposure of our technologies to investors. However, as we progressed through the program, we realized that BTI provided a lot more than we had expected...Even though I have been in the biotech business for over 15 years and had run companies of my own, this program really took my vision to a different level and helped to refine our business strategies that would have taken years for us to figure out ourselves through trial and error. "
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Nan Su
President & CEO, Aopia
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January 31, 2024

Deadline for Applications
*There is no application fee

road tour

March – May 2024

Road Tour
The road tour is a critical part of our selection process. Based on input from our corporate partners and other online application reviewers, the highest-scoring companies will be invited to participate in one of a series of in-person and virtual pitch events, awarding a coveted opportunity to meet with industry-leading judges and key opinion leaders. All companies invited to pitch will be provided with feedback summaries from our judges.

As part of a rigorous selection process, invite-only pitch events are held both virtually and on the east and west coasts of the US. Events feature company pitches and networking opportunities with over 50 judges-including investors, business-development executives, and life science research tools industry leaders.


June – October 2024

Companies will receive a place in the BioTools Innovator accelerator, a four-month virtual mentorship-focused program. Opportunities include networking, workshops, and pitching to investors, manufacturers, and providers. Accelerator companies will be assigned mentors from one or more of our corporate partners, and compete for up to $250,000 in non-dilutive cash prizes.


October 2024 Capstone Event

The capstone event is the Finals Competition for the BioTools Innovator Accelerator. The event will feature panel discussions with best-in-class life science tools companies and a pitch competition featuring the five BioTools Innovator 2024 Finalists. The day will conclude with the crowning of the $250,000 Grand Prize Winner, selected by a live audience vote. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with BioTools Innovator partners, including investors, and senior executives from Life Science tools companies and others. 


20 Accelerator Companies


5 Finalists


1 Grand Prize Winner

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Founding Partners

Acceleration Partners

Biotools Innovator is a proud innovation partner of