The Surgery Research Center's Innovation Accelerator program serves a single purpose: to provide Mayo Clinic physicians, scientists and nurses with the partnerships they need to turn their ideas for the future of surgery into reality. The program pairs medical inventors with experts in engineering, manufacturing and business development to dramatically accelerate the delivery of novel technology to patients and address critical unmet patient needs.


In line with Mayo Clinic's core value that the needs of the patient come first, the mission of the Innovation Accelerator is to create a culture of patient-centric innovation that supports delivery of field-leading surgical and procedural care across the Mayo Clinic enterprise. Additionally, the Innovation Accelerator supports the dissemination of leading-edge surgical technologies to other medical institutions around the world.

Areas of innovation

Discovery research in the Innovation Accelerator is focused on seven key areas aimed at advancing surgical patient care:

  • Cancer surgery
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Emergency medicine
  • General surgery
  • Gynecological surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Transplant and reconstructive surgery

Learn more about surgery trailblazers and the devices and technologies they've developed with the support of the Innovation Accelerator.