Created by Sofinnova Partners, MD Start represents the first collaboration between Venture Capital and Industry to ‘accelerate’ the development of innovative medtech ideas in Europe. Medtronic and Sorin Group, both world leaders in medical device technology, and Sofinnova Partners and Versant Ventures, two leading life science venture capital firms, have joined forces to create an independent entity whose mission is to provide the necessary financial and strategic resources to quickly and efficiently identify great medical technologies.

Medical Devices

Antoine Papiernik

Antoine Papiernik is a Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners, which he joined in 1997. Antoine has been an initial investor and active board member in public companies like Actelion, ProQR, Shockwave Medical,  NovusPharma (then sold to CTI), Movetis (then sold to Shire), Mainstay, Pixium Vision and...