About

Our team is incredibly passionate about developing medical devices that can improve outcomes for patients who have suffered from orthopedic injuries. After suffering her own orthopedic injury and watching her mother’s long road to recovery after a revision ACL surgery, Lia Winter realized that there was an opportunity to improve outcomes for patients by developing simple tools for aspects of surgery that have been overlooked by innovation.

Lia started developing the idea for a new stitching solution during undergraduate studies. In graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Lia began working with the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to create a business plan for the product. She teamed up with co-founder, Preston Dishner, to formally start the company, and the duo had success pitching their company in business competitions all over the country. Winter Innovations completed the ZeroTo510 Medical Device Accelerator program during the summer of 2019 and closed a pre-seed funding round in early 2020.

We are extremely grateful to the universities, entrepreneurial ecosystems, mentors, investors, surgeons, and industry experts who generously teach and support us. Thank you to everyone who believes in our mission to improve patient outcomes by developing innovative orthopedic tools for overlooked aspects of surgery.



Lia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh as well as dual Master in Business Administration and Master of Science in biomedical engineering degrees from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Lia’s range of experience in academic research, engineering, orthopedics R&D, and business give her a unique perspective on developing innovative medical solutions.
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Please contact Lia at lia@winter-innovations.com with any questions or comments.


Preston holds a Bachelor of Science in supply chain management, a Master in Business Administration, and Master of Science in business analytics from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Preston’s diverse skill set stems from experience in supply chain optimization, procurement strategies, and business analytics in healthcare as well as other industries.
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Please contact Preston at preston@winter-innovations.com with any questions or comments.

Advisors

James P. Bradley, MD


Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Head Team Physician of the Pittsburgh Steelers American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) President - 2020
A renowned surgeon at the forefront of innovative sports medicine treatments and team orthopedic surgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lynn Youngs, CPA


Executive Director, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
An experienced entrepreneur and a licensed CPA who has been involved in startups across multiple industries, including healthcare, in roles ranging from CFO to COO.

Mike Donoghue


Entrepreneur, Former SVP Global Strategic Marketing at Smith+Nephew
A leader and innovator in the healthcare industry with years of experience developing and launching medical devices.

Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation


The University of Tennessee - Knoxville
The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a University of Tennessee-based resource that fosters an entrepreneurial culture by developing student skills, providing experiential learning opportunities, conducting meaningful entrepreneurial research, and connecting students with mentors and resources that enable them to successfully start and grow new businesses.
https://haslam.utk.edu/anderson-center

ZeroTo510


Medical Device Accelerator
ZeroTo510 enables entrepreneurs with ideas for medical devices to prepare for commercial deployment through the 510(k) process. This Memphis-based program provides access to mentors and resources that can help accelerate speed to market.
http://zeroto510.com/