Medtech Incubator NXT Biomedical Shows Stan Rowe Is Great at Innovation, Bad at “Retirement”

Medtech Incubator NXT Biomedical Shows Stan Rowe Is Great at Innovation, Bad at “Retirement”


After leading a long, distinguished and successful career in Medtech Innovation, Stan Rowe chose a familiar, if not unusual, spot to “retire” – he co-founded NXT Biomedical, an incubator backed by Deerfield Capital and Johnson & Johnson. Rowe previously led the unique Advanced Technologies Unit at Edwards Lifesciences Corp., the same company that earlier had acquired his start-up, Percutaneous Valve Technologies. In this podcast, Rowe walks us through a career that started in pharmaceuticals. He also shares his particular philosophy on how corporate R&D units should see the world.

Podcast Guest


Stanton Rowe

Co-Founder & CEO

NXT Biomedical

Stanton J. Rowe is CEO of NXT Biomedical, a medical device incubator funded by Deerfield Capital. Stanton recently retired from Edwards Lifesciences where he was Chief Scientific Officer since 2008 and also served as Corporate Vice President, Advanced Technology. He joined in 2004 when Edwards acquired Percutaneous Valve Technologies, a company he helped to found in 1999 and served as President and CEO. This company developed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Previously, Rowe was Corporate Vice President for Datascope and was Vice President at Johnson & Johnson's Interventional Systems Division (JJIS) in Warren, New Jersey, responsible for the company's coronary stent development efforts. At JJIS and the related Cordis Corporation, Rowe held a variety of positions with increasing levels of responsibility, including heading the company's business development, advanced technology, worldwide clinical research and marketing groups. Rowe joined Cordis after previously holding several positions in product management for a number of medical device companies. He is on the board of directors of both InSeal Medical, Ltd., NeuralAnalytics, PQ Bypass. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Discovery Science Center in Orange County, Sage Hill School, as well as on the advisory boards for the engineering, business school, and biomedical engineering schools at UC Irvine. He also sits on the biomedical engineering advisory board of UC Davis. Rowe received a bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama.

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Geoff has been in medtech for over two decades in both operational and investment roles. He is passionate about the industry potential and sharing stories from the front lines of innovation.



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