Dana Deardorff is the Managing Director of the Center for Device Innovation at Texas Medical Center (CDI @ TMC). In this role, Dana is responsible for the overall operations and management of the CDI team, as well as the strategy, business development, and investments in the portfolio of internal and external breakthrough technologies.
Dana brings more than 20 years of experience in the medical device industry in various roles bridging technology and business. Most recently, he served as Senior Director of New Ventures for Johnson & Johnson Innovation in Boston, where he focused on early-stage investment opportunities and partnerships across the medical device sector. Previously, Dana worked for Covidien in several leadership positions including VP of Strategy & Portfolio Management, VP of Advanced Technology, and VP of Business Development. Dana has also been an entrepreneur, starting multiple medtech companies as a co-founder and leading the development of early-stage start-ups. He also served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and advisor at the University of Illinois, helping to evaluate and commercialize promising new technologies.
Dana earned a joint doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Illinois Wesleyan University.