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About Us

Through Hilab, we connect Latin American entrepreneurs with experienced Silicon Valley consultants, contractors, investors, and advisors to help propel their startups to the next milestone.

Our focus is to work with entrepreneurs to create strong interdisciplinary teams covering medicine, engineering, business, marketing, and design to make sure great ideas become a viable, sustainable business with tremendous value add to all stakeholders. Given the complexities and local variations in healthcare delivery systems, we hope to demystify the process of healthcare innovation by emphasizing the skill sets needed to navigate this challenging but rewarding space.

Our team also partners with academic and clinical institutions to create healthcare innovation training programs, and provide advising support for healthcare startups. The educational programs are geared toward working with multidisciplinary teams within institutions and working on real-world projects based on unmet clinical needs, with the goal of translating the results into real products with market impact. For the start-ups we will provide access to domestic and international advisors and consultants with backgrounds in business, product development and manufacturing, clinical research design, regulatory expertise, and healthcare economics.

Our Mission


Nurture the healthcare technology entrepreneurship ecosystem in Latin America through collaboration, education, and mentorship


Advise Latin American startups and act as a gateway to talent in Silicon Valley


Run extended hackathon collaborative educational events to accelerate the next-generation of Latin-American innovators

Our team is focused on nurturing a healthcare technology entrepreneurship ecosystem in Latin America. Through education and collaborations with industry, academia, and government, our goal is to help develop the next-generation of Latin-American healthcare innovators.

Our Team

Ravi Pamnami

More than ten years in the medtech industry, led market development for Transcend Medical, holds two engineering degrees from Stanford, alumnus of the Biodesign Innovation Program.

Robson Capasso, MD

Associate professor at Stanford in otolaryngology and sleep medicine, advisor to healthcare startups, faculty fellow and advisor on LATAM for Stanford's Biodesign Innovation Program.

Robert Chang, MD

Assistant professor at Stanford in ophthalmology, inventor, co-founder, advisor to startups, and faculty fellow alum Stanford’s Biodesign Innovation Program.

Beatriz Miranda

PhD Candidate at University of São Paulo (USP) with emphasis in biochemistry, nanotechnology and microfluidics. Fellow at Health Innovation Program at PUCPR.

Leonardo Custodio

Medical Student at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR), fellow at Health Innovation Program at PUCPR, alumnus of the Brazil Educational Program for iOS Development.

Rodrigo Demarch, MD

Chief Health and Innovation Officer of Mantris, a Brazilian-based healthcare provider; healthcare startups advisor, visiting professor and Stanford's Biodesign Global Faculty Training alumnus.

Our Projects


In partnership with Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR) in Curitiba, Hilab structured a 2 week bootcamp in July 2016. Twenty-four fellows with engineering, IT, medical and business backgrounds were selected to work on four clinical areas, from a pool of over 120 applicants from around Brazil. A seminar involving key opinion leaders from industry, academia, and regulatory and government bodies throughout Brazil provided the backdrop for the final pitches to a group of seasoned investors.

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