We are a Foundry for idea innovation

Watershed™ is an idea foundry created by Fountainhead Investment Partners that is focused on biomedical growth and innovation. Watershed's purpose is to forge promising ideas into viable intellectual property and products ready for the marketplace, ultimately creating profitable businesses.

The foundry provides an environment where talent and innovation are funded, nurtured, and guided to create a turning point for ideas.

News

March 21, 2018

Additive manufacturing and R&D facilities in Carlsbad and El Paso expand opportunities for biomedical innovation.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Watershed Idea Foundry, a biomedical incubator and accelerator based in San Antonio, has opened its first additive manufacturing and R&D facilities. The Watershed Center of Excellence is in Carlsbad, California, with research and teaching activities housed within the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

September 25, 2017

Nvision Biomedical Technologies, a San Antonio-based medical device and biologics manufacturer, is the first company to launch devices with Structural Encoding® technology developed by Watershed Idea Foundry.  

Structural Encoding is the industry’s most innovative solution for medical device identification with permanent direct part marking. The technology was launched by Watershed in June at the Unique Device Identification (UDI) Conference in Baltimore. Manufacturers can license the technology for use in their medical devices to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation around permanent marking of the device itself.

June 7, 2017

Structural Encoding represents Watershed’s first idea-to-market success.

San Antonio, Texas – Watershed, an idea foundry created by Fountainhead Investment Partners, launches its first product today at the Unique Device Identification (UDI) Conference 2017 in Baltimore. Structural Encoding is the industry’s most innovative solution for medical device identification with permanent direct part marking.

March 31, 2017

Addition of Additive Innovation’s expertise and resources provides expanded commercialization and consulting services for Watershed’s intellectual property through additive manufacturing.

San Antonio, Texas/Encinitas, Calif. – Watershed, an idea foundry created by Fountainhead Investment Partners, has acquired Carlsbad-based Additive Innovations. The newly merged entity will retain the Watershed name, and Nick Cordaro, Additive Innovations founder and president will be the first CEO of the company.

December 6, 2016

EL PASO, Texas – The University of Texas at El Paso and Watershed, an idea foundry created by Fountainhead Investment Partners, are announcing the completion of a public-private pilot class in the mechanical engineering department during the fall semester. In the ground-breaking class, 24 senior-level mechanical engineering students had the opportunity to learn from Watershed engineers and medical doctors. The students have created final projects focused on orthopedic designs that include general biomedical principles with broad applicability, and will present their work in the final class on December 8.

September 8, 2016

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Fountainhead Investment Partners, a San Antonio-based venture capital firm, has created Watershed Idea Foundry to focus on biomedical growth and innovation. Watershed will bring together industry experts from around the world to guide entrepreneurial ideas. 

“So often amazing ideas are left on napkins because entrepreneurs don’t have access to the proper technology, expertise or funding to create products from their concepts,” said Brian Kieser, Fountainhead Managing Partner. “The vision for Watershed is to bring all those elements together for the entrepreneur so the creation of intellectual property and products can be accelerated, and world-changing ideas thrive.” 

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