Who We Are

IPHA is the premier accelerator focused on personalized health/precision medicine startups.

IPHA is a unique program that enables the intersection of technological advances with clinical application and market validation. The program concentrates on the validation of prototypes in the Inova clinical environment and the broader health services market. This emphasis creates beta partnerships for iterative product development resulting in reduced funding requirements and more efficient customer access. Program participants receive an initial $75,000 investment in exchange for a 10% equity position. Upon program completion participants are eligible for a second investment of up to $250,000. Additionally, Inova Strategic Investments monitors all IPHA graduates for further investment consideration.

In contrast to most accelerator programs, the IPHA partners operate the accelerator as a strategic investment and education program. Enrollment in the program is conducted on a rolling basis with new members capable of participating in the spring, fall or both sessions. IPHA partner performance is linked to the return on investment delivered by the portfolio of IPHA companies that complete the program.

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IPHA offers an intensive 14-week program on the Inova Center for Personalized Health campus. During these 14 weeks, the companies will work closely with Inova and the IPHA staff on:

  • Product validation
  • Customer acquisition
  • Capital planning
  • Investor development
  • Team recruitment
  • Board development
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Clinical evaluation

In contrast to most accelerator programs, the IPHA partners operate the program as an investment fund and an education program. Enrollment in the program is conducted on a rolling basis with new members capable of participating in the spring, fall or both sessions. IPHA partner performance is linked to the return on investment delivered by the portfolio of IPHA companies that complete the program.

Inova is a major healthcare system and research institution that serves more than two million people each year and has over 16,000 employees. Inova is the home to the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI), Inova Neuroscience Institute, Inova Schar Cancer Institute, Inova Children’s Hospital and the Inova Center for Personalized Health.

IPHA is located on the campus of the Inova Center for Personalized Health in Falls Church, Virginia.

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