About Us

About the Michigan Medical Device Accelerator

Michigan has a rich heritage of entrepreneurial spirit and business success that defines today’s healthcare industry.

Our mission is to be the recognized global leader in the development of medical device jobs and wealth through the creation, acceleration and location of medical device focused companies.We lead with our vision to be the foundation of a medical device community that incorporates medicine, research, design, development and manufacturing in Michigan to develop technologies that will enable patients to live normal, healthy lives.


Why Southwest Michigan in particular?
Here, you will find the origins of The Upjohn Company, founded by Dr. W.E. Upjohn. This is also the home of the Stryker Corporation formed by Dr. Homer Stryker, physician, surgeon and inventor. Both companies have had profound influence on the delivery of modern healthcare around the world. Their legacy not only shaped the future of medicine but also created a community with the resources and talents fundamental to nurturing medical enterprises.

The leadership of the Michigan Medical Device Accelerator (MMDA) has decades of experience growing and developing medical device business not just locally or nationally but also globally. We are prepared to work shoulder-to-shoulder with inventors and developers to navigate through the key processes necessary to develop a successful enterprise in the medical device industry.


The MMDA is part of Southwest Michigan First, an organization of privately funded economic development advisors who act as the catalyst for economic growth in Southwest Michigan. It's commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship has fostered the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, a life science accelerator that has launched more than two dozen start-ups; the $65 million Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund, the nation’s largest community-based venture fund; and First Angels, an angel network providing seed money to young entrepreneurs.


Championed by Kevin McLeod, the MMDA provides an incredible opportunity for inventors, physicians and entrepreneurs to make their medical device concepts a reality. He's armed with years of experience, support of his teammates at Southwest Michigan First and a plethora of industry contacts. Click here to connect with Kevin today to learn more about what the MMDA can do for you!