“SAIL represents a fresh-start for anesthesia-related technology development”

– William New, MD, PhD

Co-Founder of Nellcor

The Stanford Anesthesia Innovation Lab (SAIL) is a medical device incubator focused on accelerating the development of anesthesia-related medical devices. We understand what it takes to develop medical technology, from defining the clinical need to developing commercially viable solutions. SAIL provides valuable industry expertise, technical development resources, and avenues for clinical testing and deployment. A strong emphasis is placed on technologies that can be rapidly prototyped and clinically validated. SAIL provides the financial and human resources required to bring promising ideas to life. Furthermore, SAIL has access to programs that facilitate the development of startups and technology commercialization.


  • Clinical observations
  • Unmet need identified
  • Innovative solution conceived


  • Patentability/FTO assessment
  • Engineering feasibility
  • Regulatory assessment
  • Competitive position
  • Reimbursement potential
  • Sustainable market potential


  • Develop team
  • Patent filings
  • Prototyping
  • Proof-of-concept
  • Pre-clinical testing
  • Secure funding


  • Project exits SAIL
  • Company incorporation
  • Patent licensing
  • Venture financing

Award Winning Innovation

Our work has been honored by funding and awards from the Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA), Fellowship in Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), and Spectrum, among others.

The mission of SAIL is to drive medical device innovation and education in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford.