Joshua Makower


Joshua Makower

Boston Scientific Applied Bioengineering Professor of Medicine and of Bioengineering, Schools of Medicine and Engineering

Additional Administrative Titles

Director, Byers Center for Biodesign


Dr. Josh Makower is the Boston Scientific Applied Bioengineering Professor of Medicine and of Bioengineering at the Stanford University Schools of Medicine and Engineering and the Director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, the program he co-founded with Dr. Paul Yock 20 years ago. Josh helped create the fundamental structure of the Center’s core curriculum and is the chief architect of what is now called “The Biodesign Process.” Over the past 20 years since Josh and Paul founded Biodesign, this curriculum and the associated textbook has been used at Stanford and across the world to train hundreds of thousands of students, faculty and industry leaders on the Biodesign process towards the advancement of medical innovation for the improvement of patient care. Josh has practiced these same techniques directly as the Founder & Executive Chairman of ExploraMed, a medical device incubator, creating nine companies since 1995. Transactions from the ExploraMed portfolio include NeoTract, acquired by Teleflex, Acclarent, acquired by J&J, Endomatrix, acquired by C.R. Bard & Transvascular, acquired by Medtronic. Other ExploraMed/NEA ventures include Moximed, NC8 and Willow. Josh is also a Special Partner at NEA where he supports the healthcare team and medtech/healthtech investing practice. Josh serves on the boards of Allay Therapeutics, Revelle Aesthetics, Setpoint Medical, DOTS Technologies, Eargo, ExploraMed, Intrinsic Therapeutics, Moximed, Willow and Coravin. Josh holds over 300 patents and patent applications. He received an MBA from Columbia University, an MD from the NYU School of Medicine, a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Josh is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and the College of Fellows of The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and was awarded the Coulter Award for Healthcare Innovation by the Biomedical Engineering Society in 2018.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Columbia School of Business, 1992
  • MD, NYU School of Medicine, 1989
  • SB in Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 1985

Academic Appointments

  • Boston Scientific Applied Professor of Medicine & Bioengineering, Stanford University Schools of Medicine and Engineering

Professional Experience

  • Board of Directors & Founder, Revelle Aesthetics, 2019–present
  • Board of Directors, Setpoint Medical, Inc., 2017–present
  • Board of Directors, Allay Therapeutics, 2016–present
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Eargo, Inc., 2015–present
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, DOTS Technologies, 2015–present
  • Executive Chairman & Founder, Willow Innovations, 2014–present
  • Chairman of the Board & Founder, Moximed, Inc., 2007–present
  • General Partner, NEA, 2003–present
  • Board of Directors and Co-Founder, Coravin, Inc., 2002–present
  • Board of Directors, Intrinsic Therapeutics, Inc., 2000–present
  • Executive Chairman & Founder, ExploraMed, Inc., 1995–present

Awards and Honors

  • Coulter Award for Healthcare Innovation, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2018
  • Member of the College of Fellows, The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2017


Journal Articles

Zachary A. Sexton, Juliana R. Perl, Henry R. Saul, Artem A. Trotsyuk, Jan B. Pietzsch, Sandra Waugh Ruggles, Margaret C. Nikolov, Kevin Schulman, Joshua Makower
JAMA Health Forum
August 2023 Vol. 4 Issue 8


Stefanos Zenios, Joshua Makower, Paul Yock, Todd J Brinton, Uday N. Kumar, Lyn Thayer Denend, Thomas M. Krummel
Cambridge University Press

Stanford University Affiliations