2016 Heathcare Innovation Lab Companies
Congratulations to our four 2016 MEDy Award Winners
OUTSTANDING PITCH: Elemeno Health
We are a best practices management and delivery system for healthcare. We engage the entire hospital team through gamified checklists, guidelines, and videos on-demand, delivering the right practice to the right patient at the right time. Promote team satisfaction and a protocol-driven staff. Consistency at the point of care-- eliminate medical errors and drive quality, safety, and outcomes.
CONVERGENCE: Upright Technologies Ltd.
Upright Technologies Ltd. is a biofeedback consumer electronic company, incorporated in 2014, that has launched its first product, the UPRIGHT Trainer, in Dec. 2015 with a goal of solving one of the main epidemics of the modern era.
MOST DISRUPTIVE: Pison
Pison Technology is creating a communication and control device to help people with ALS and other neuromuscular conditions who cannot speak or move their body. Our device is an EMG-based wearable sensor to control a laptop, phone and wheelchair. Even if a person has no ability to move, the nerves in the arms and legs are preserved and generate electrical signals. We capture the peak of that signal and translate it to a mouse click or keyboard press.
ONE TO WATCH: EmojiHealth
EmojiHealth is an innovative new messenger app that allows for more effective and engaging health conversations with teens. Teens tend to be a group that is difficult to interact with, but are in a very formative period, so it's all the more important they get the right coaching and information to develop healthy lifelong habits.
EmojiHealth is designed as a platform that is very similar to the ones that teens use to message their friends – it allows for authentic conversations on their terms. The platform drives personalized messaging around things like condition knowledge, symptom tracking. and adherence - which we know can be an issue with this demographic, especially when it comes to various conditions and related prescriptions, such as asthma, diabetes, depression, ADHD, birth control, etc.
EmojiHealth makes it easy for the user to get emoji 🕗💊 reminders to ensure they take their medications. The app also captures signs and symptom inputs from users allowing for rich feedback and course correction.
EmojiHealth will leverage machine learning and AI (artificial intelligence) to learn the habits and preferences of the user, so it can go even further to assist, inform, or address their needs and questions. It becomes a health partner available right there on their smartphone – the main source of almost everything in teens' lives!
And a Thank You to all of our 2016 Healthcare Innovation Lab Participants
TOM (Maker Space)
TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers (tomglobal.org) is a global movement driving technological innovation to create affordable solutions for challenges faced by people with disabilities. In collaboration with communities, organizations, and corporations worldwide, TOM Makers work together with people in need to address areas where market forces fail. TOM’s goal is to make assistive technology available for whomever needs it regardless of how much money they have or where they live in the world. Our methods bridge the gap between people with disabilities and the Maker community, to identify challenges and invite Makers to develop solutions, affecting global opportunity for innovation and development.
MMJ Labs uses external neuromodulation to give patients control over pain. Our products are Buzzy for needle pain control, and VibraCool for musculoskeletal pain and healing.
Crowdfunder is the leading equity crowdfunding platform for sourcing and funding early stage ventures with a network of over 130,000 entrepreneurs and investors. Crowdfunder provides the opportunity for direct online investment into single ventures. Companies listing on Crowdfunder are typically early-stage startups, many of which are backed by leading Venture Capital firms and private investors. Get free access to private early-stage VC-backed startups on Crowdfunder.
uBiome, the leading microbial genomics company, uses next generation high-throughput DNA sequencing technology to generate detailed analyses of the human microbiome, the ecosystem of trillions of bacteria that live in and on the human body. While the majority of an individual's bacteria is found in the gut, there are dozens of other bacteria-harboring sites on the body, most with their own distinct microbial profiles.
Individuals can have their own microbiomes tested by uBiome using a straightforward self-swabbed sample, returned by mail. Analysis is currently provided for five sites - gut, oral, nose, genitals, and skin.
uBiome's mission is to use big data to understand the human microbiome by giving users the power to learn about their bodies, perform experiments, and see how current research studies apply to them.
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is the global technology leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery. The company's da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to operate minimally invasively through a few small incisions or the belly button from a nearby ergonomic console. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result of this technology, da Vinci enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, and control.
INVIVO is a digital healthcare agency that communicates science using technology and visualization to accelerate learning and improve health.
Since 1998, we've pioneered solutions that integrate science, art and technology in order to educate doctors and patients on new and novel therapies, treatments and medical devices.
We believe that when you are fully engaged in an experience you learn and retain more. Through the use of medical animation, virtual reality, augmented reality and gaming; every project is an opportunity to make people active participants in their learning. Make sure visit us at the Innovation Lab and immerse yourself in some of our latest experiences!
Savor Labs, Inc.
Savor is a Behavioral Digital Health company. We have developed an AI technology that for the first time, can help people create new, healthier eating habits in real-time. We believe in making it immediate, making it effortless, making it accurate, making it relevant and making it social. All of which will help make it work for everyone.
Twiage is a novel HIPAA-compliant, interoperable, comprehensive prehospital communication system that reduces the need for antiquated radio communication and delivers real-time data from ambulances directly to hospitals. Powered by a proprietary algorithm, Twiage provides hospitals and Emergency Departments (ED) with complete situational awareness about incoming ambulance traffic. Utilizing Twiage, hospitals improve benchmark metrics, patient outcomes, and ED throughput.
Sensely is a digital health company powered by an avatar-based, empathy-driven clinical platform that helps clinicians and patients better monitor and manage their health. The Virtual Medical Assistant avatar is equipped with a set of remote diagnostic tools and leverages natural user interfaces to facilitate the assessment of a patient’s condition and provide insights for meaningful follow-up. Sensely provides access to high quality medicine by bringing back old-fashioned at home visits enabling billions to live better and thrive.
Imagine your health clinic — doctors, nurses, diagnostic devices, supplies and medications. Now imagine it in a portable 10”x10" box - bringing quality care to the people and places it's needed the most. GALE is a clinic in a box.
Unique Smartlist technology to help providers and patients collaborate across multiple providers, comorbidities and continuum of care.
Arterys connects practices and disciplines to build more intelligent, accessible and powerful tools for patient care. We’ve built a platform based on cloud super computation and AI to aggregate, process and learn from worldwide data, creating specific applications that integrate seamlessly into clinical practice.
Starting with medical imaging analytics, and adding other layers of data (EMR, genomics...), we’re building a precision medicine platform to enable data-driven treatment planning. This platform can support clinical applications and research endeavors.
Our first clinical application enables physicians to - for the first time - easily visualize and accurately quantify blood flow in the body.
Klarismo uses computer vision and machine learning to perform fully automated quantitative MR image analysis and 3D visualization.
BfB Labs is a new social venture created by Shift that sets out to bring Emotionally Responsive Gaming (ERG) to the world. These games respond to players’ emotions and reward those who can master them. They challenge players physically, mentally and emotionally and, unlike other games, effectively train players in key aspects of emotional control, building resilience and promoting wellbeing.
BfB Labs first title is Champions of the Shengha, a fantasy card battling game played with the BfB Sensor – an ear clip monitor that measures users’ emotional state by tracking their heart rate variability (HRV). The game challenges you to defeat your opponents with a combination of strategy and self control on the way to becoming the ultimate Shengha warrior.
Through regular play, users master powerful skills of emotional control. These skills equip them to cope and thrive within the game and beyond it, improving their capacity to deal with stress, anxiety and frustration and be at their best.
X2AI is a Singularity University company that creates autonomous intelligent assistants (AIAs) to connect the patient with their therapist 24/7. Tess, X2AI’s flagship AIA, holds conversations with the patient, providing mild psychotherapeutic exercises, emotional wellbeing and education through a variety of existing technology-based communications, including SMS, web browsers, and popular instant messaging apps. Tess is not intended to replace the mental health professional. On the contrary, Tess allows clinicians to go from helping 5 patients a day to positively impacting 50 patients a day. Karim, Tess’ baby brother, is currently deployed in Lebanon, helping Syrian Refugees with emotional wellbeing.
We're going to be focusing on Mio's new activity metric, PAI or Personal Activity Intelligence. PAI is a revolutionary new metric that makes sense of your heart rate. PAI translates your personal data into a meaningful and actionable score guiding you on how active you need to be to stay healthy.
Today's health care systems require individuals to frequently visit health care facilities, even for basic health evaluations, and rely on single point in time lab tests to diagnose and manage chronic disease.
Profusa is developing tiny biosensors, which passively and continuously monitor clinically relevant body biochemistry data (oxygen, glucose, lactate...) for remote viewing, reducing frequency of doctor visits until a critical threshold is reached. Profusa's technology enables everyone to proactively manage what is otherwise imperceptible, offering a new paradigm for managing chronic disease and wellbeing.
Profusa expects to receive CE marking in 2016 for Lumee, its 1st product.
Medical Makers is a global community of innovators, patients, and healthcare providers who make sustainable solutions to save lives, time, and money.
Boston-based ORIG3N is a biotechnology company focused on changing the future of medicine by developing transformative applications for human health. With Nobel prize-winning technology, the cells from a teaspoon of blood can be reprogrammed to iPSCs and then differentiated into more than 200 cell types in the body. For example, when iPSCs are differentiated to form heart cells, they beat synchronously with the same rhythm as the donor. The heart cells also demonstrate the same sensitivities to drug treatments as the donor. This is just one example of cells derived from patients’ differentiated iPSCs recapitulating pathologies found in disease.
ORIG3N’s biobank effort is driven by the altruistic nature of our contributors to help us create a diverse, open, and unique living repository of humanity. The cells in LifeCapsule are being used for the modeling of rare genetically inherited diseases by culturing human tissues to recapitulate diseases in a Petri dish. The cells in LifeCapsule can also be a future source of cells for mending injured tissues, such as heart and spinal cord.
By going directly into communities across the globe for contributions to LifeCapsule and speaking to them about the benefits of genetics and precision medicine, we discovered our donors wanted to learn more about their own genetic makeup. In response, ORIG3N developed a series of LifeProfile genetic assessments. LifeProfile uncover the unique information in one’s DNA to empower our customers to make lifestyle choices around fitness, skin care, and diet through our FitCode, Aura and Fuel products respectively. Each gene included in the analysis is based on validated third-party scientific studies. To date, thousands of ORIG3N LifeProfile has been produced/purchased.
ORIG3N will continue to explore and understand cellular regeneration using our stem cell technology and to develop transformative applications for human health.
Metamason: Truly Personalized Respiratory Devices via 3D Scanning & Printing
Metamason is dedicated to improving healthcare through technological innovation. Leveraging the power of digital scanning, parametric design, and additive manufacturing techniques, we create customized, ergonomic medical products that are individually fit for every patient.
Our aim is to couple eye-tracking technology with AI to develop a new diagnostic device for family physicians for early disease detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). Our product can be used for two purposes: (a) as a screening test for some neurodegenerative diseases, and (b) for objective (self)-monitoring of patients to enable the patients and their physician with more objective data used to decide on further treatment steps (drug dosage).
Currently, there is no simple, affordable, non-invasive, user-friendly and reliable diagnostic method. With the development of our device we seek to address all the above mentioned problems in addition to some others.
There is an increasing evidence that early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases can be beneficial for the patients. Just a few months ago, a pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly published the results of its trial of the drug Solanezumab for AD. Although the results were not as expected, they showed evidence that AD patients at early stage do benefit from it, which emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis.
The other opportunity is to address the objective (home) monitoring of already diagnosed patients. Currently, PD patients use diaries to monitor their medication intake and to record their condition. However, this assessment is subjective and depends on the patient and his mood. It is also noteworthy that these patients are subject to depression due to their disease.
Patients with neurodegenerative disorders have also often impaired regions of the brain controlling the oculomotor functions. There are several studies that showed that different diseases affect the oculomotor functions in different ways and that these changes occur already at an early stage of the disease. Eye-tracker is a specialized device that uses video cameras, concurrently recording movement of the patient's eyes and what the user sees (like an overhead camera). In recent years this technology advanced significantly: it became much less sensitive to head movement, it became cheaper, and the recording/positioning software became knowingly improved.
Our solution consists of a series of tasks a person would perform on a computer screen while being recorded with an eye-tracker device. The tasks would be similar (but adequately modified for best results) to a neurological examination of eye movements (including tests for voluntary guided saccades, reflexive guided saccades, anti-saccades, etc.). The other part of our solution is decision support system (DSS) using AI to detect signs of disease (for early detection) or to objectively measure the impairment (for self-monitoring). In effect, these two components together create a surrogate for family physicians who cannot be present at all time and to test large populations of potential people at risk. As such the system could be used as a screening test and as a self-monitoring test (tele-medical setting).
3Scan is a computational pathology company improving the understanding and diagnosis of disease through novel robotics, sensors, and chemistry.
The VaGenie is a combination device and app biofeedback Kegel trainer that combines wearable tech with health insight, gamification and other entertaining methodologies to help strengthen the pelvic floor, restore control and build confidence.
RetiSpec is an early stage medical device startup developing a non-invasive imaging tool for early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).
CaptureProof employs computer vision to photos and videos to cut down on the amount of time patients spend in the waiting room. Proven to reduce in person visits post total knee by 75%.
At Athletigen we are building the F1 Race car of genomics. The evolution of our product is driven by intense user research conducted with world class and Olympic athletes, as well as the professionals who train them. As are result, we give high performers the chance to celebrate their differences and truly nurture their nature. Furthermore, knowing how biological systems perform is a paradigm shift in how we approach healthcare problems. That is, rather than asking "why is this broken" Athletigen seeks to understand how our "human technology" works during peak performance.
Impact Pediatric Health
Impact Pediatric Health is a consortium of eight leading pediatric institutions and we know that the small size and market of pediatrics can deter innovation, investment and ultimately impact. Our kids deserve better. So we’ve come together in an unprecedented fashion to shine light on the unique needs of pediatrics while facilitating the translation of pediatric innovation to impact through collaboration and scale.
Diabetes is the fastest-growing cause of inpatient and surgical care costs in the world. Worldwide spending on diabetic care already exceeds $400 billion annually, with 43% of these costs coming from hospital care in Europe and the United States.
Over 40% of patients admitted to hospital are now at diabetic risk. Despite this, techniques for controlling glucose levels in hospitalized patients have remained unchanged for nearly three decades, and are too imprecise, labor-intensive, and coarsely implemented to address the growing need.
The Admetsys Smart Pancreas™ measure and maintains a hospitalized diabetics blood sugar levels in real time so their blood sugar mirrors that of a healthy patient. The Admetsys Smart Pancreas™ attaches to a patient’s intravenous line, and automatically measures blood glucose concentration in real time with no blood loss. From this, it creates an adaptive, computational model of each patient’s metabolism, and infuses precisely-optimized, counterbalancing treatment—insulin to reduce high glycemic levels and glucose to raise and support falling levels.
Proper control of blood glucose levels and avoidance of harmful low levels saves lives (34% mortality reduction), decreases complications (by 40–50% over numerous co-morbidities), and speeds recovery (by 1.8 days in critical care patients). Foremost, this is a fundamental standard of care issue, increasingly cited by regulatory and standards bodies. Understanding of this need is becoming a key financial driver for hospitals as well, with impact both on revenue (from outcome-based reimbursement) and cost savings (independently shown to be $7,500+ per patient).
Arivale is a scientific wellness company that leverages cutting-edge research, personalized data and tailored coaching supported by a clinical team to help Pioneers optimize their wellness. Arivale provides a scientific wellness program based on personalized, unique genetic makeup, external independent clinical labs and the Pioneer's lifestyle. Launched in 2015 and based in Seattle, Arivale is backed by leading scientists and investors with a strong track record in health, wellness, biotech breakthroughs and in building top-tier consumer brands. To learn more, visit www.arivale.com.
GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell) is a not-for-profit mutual holding company and the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care. The GuideWell organization includes a leading health insurance company in Florida, a number of health care delivery businesses, a consumer engagement company, and a provider of administrative services to state and federal health care programs.
One X is the world's first real-time Nutritional and Health sensor, measuring your skin antioxidant level, directly from the palm of your hand. Your skin antioxidant status constantly changes in response to your diet and lifestyle habits. With One X, you can track how your habits impact your body, enabling you to make better, more healthful choices and reach your full antioxidant protection, path to long-term Health.
Ligandal is developing a suite of translational biomaterials and platform architectures for the precise cellular and subcellular delivery of nucleic acids and proteins in vivo. Our core technology will unlock the potential of the precision gene editing techniques that are emerging as powerful therapeutic tools.
Singularity HUB is Singularity University’s official news network. With a dedicated editorial staff and a network of expert contributors, Singularity Hub offers daily news coverage, feature articles, analysis, and insights on key breakthroughs and future trends in exponential technologies.
BlueVishnu (Alexx VR Experience)
BlueVishnu is on the forefront of development and innovation in the field of human scanning with over 4 years experience in delivering ultra high-end character assets to game developers, movie makers, and VR content creators. BlueVishnu is committed to developing the most technologically advanced pipeline featuring intelligent capture volumes, for automated character asset creation, with the goal of making digital avatars a commodity. BlueVishnu's mission is to help people be the best of themselves using personalized 3D avatars. Through interactions with digital versions of ourselves, we can analyze, discover and motivate positive change.
Embodied Labs is creating a library of patient experience labs that offer first-person, Virtual Reality (VR) training exercises and certified curriculum content for healthcare workers in training.
Labs are delivered to subscribers via a custom-built, cloud-based desktop platform.
By embodying patients through our labs, healthcare trainees evolve from sympathetic providers to empathetic problem solvers.
Dance4Healing is a telehealth live video platform leading telehealth into physical rehab space, bringing community support, exercise and fun to homecare. Founded by Amy Li months after she conquered stage IV cancer, our mission is to alleviate mental and physical pain, improve quality of life, accelerate patient recovery, and reduce medical costs. Rooted in neuroscience and published medical studies, we are a social platform connecting dance teachers, clinicians, researchers, and therapists to a range of patients, care-partners, elders and healthy users. We use artificial intelligence and behavior design to provide and recommend personalized music, dance, buddies and groups; use feedback from patient monitoring to record progress; and suggest follow-on therapies. We are partnered with Stanford, for a clinical trial and their Cancer Supportive Care Program. Dance4Healing has been praised by participating patients and physicians, won numerous awards, and invited to speak at conferences like SXSW, Health 2.0, HXR, HTF. Watch our 2 minute video and be inspired by our brave patients.
UNYQ delivers personalized non-invasive orthopedic devices that improve quality of life and celebrate user’s authenticity fashionably. The company employs digitization, 3D printing and cognitive systems to enhance device functionality and democratize access to everyone affordably. In 2014, UNYQ introduced a collection of 3D printed prosthetic covers which give amputees control over their appearance. This year, the company has introduced UNYQ Align™, a game-changing treatment for scoliosis, inspired by fashion, powered by Intel. The video shared along with this application shows two UNYQERS at the first ever White House Fashion Show for Inclusive Design & Assistive Technology held in September 2016.
Eyecarrot has developed Binovi — a collaborative care platform that integrates software, hardware, data and the expert knowledge and insights of vision care professionals.
With Binovi Pro, professionals can design and manage personalized oculomotor training plans for their patients with simple, intuitive drag-and-drop functionality. It’s companion app for individuals, Binovi Coach, enables patients to manage and track their progress on this personalized plan from the comfort of their home using their own smartphones.
We have re-engineered the Saccadic Fixator —an industry standard for over three decades to measure and improve visual memory, reaction time and peripheral vision training— to integrate it with the Binovi software platform. Currently used in over 1,500 clinics in over 20 countries, we will be launching the all-new Binovi Saccadic Fixator in late 2016.
We have partnered with the world’s leading experts on vision performance. By working together, we are building an unparalleled network of expert knowledge, insights and data that we believe will transform human vision performance, and release the untapped potential of billions of people.
For the first time in human history, there will be a vision performance score that goes beyond visual acuity so that individuals can compare and assess their own performance, privately and securely with the help of their dedicated vision care professionals.
Dem Dx is an innovative digital healthcare company developing a clinical support tool for healthcare professionals. The application is truly unique, harnessing the power of diagnostic algorithms created by a global community of medical specialists, augmented by AI and machine learning to reach a more accurate and efficient diagnosis.
Dem Dx offers a transparent, step by step, decision making process for healthcare professionals to use in training and when caring for patients. The app guides the user from the presenting symptoms through to a diagnosis, enabling medical students and clinicians to take a more structured and reasoned approach to clinical care, avoiding unnecessary investigations, treatment and missed diagnoses.
The desired aim of the company is to improve clinical diagnostics and patient care globally. This will be realised through continued expansion of the community of medical contributors and advisors to further advance the accuracy of the diagnostic algorithms. Our long term vision is to improve global health by sharing the knowledge and experience held by the world's leading medical specialists with the wider healthcare community, particularly in areas that need it most.
Human Longevity, Inc.
Human Longevity, Inc., (HLI) is the genomics-based, technology-driven company leading the way to fully integrate personalized and preventative care into the practice of medicine. HLI has built one of the world's largest and most comprehensive databases of whole genome, phenotype and clinical data. HLI is applying large-scale computing and machine learning to make novel discoveries to revolutionize healthcare.
We are building the first truly non-invasive blood analysis company, utilizing menstrual blood for early diagnostics and disease management. We have 2 products in development and will bring prototypes to the conference.
Carenection is a nationwide telehealth network and marketplace, whose members are 600 US hospitals and the providers who serve them.
Deloitte drives progress. Our firm helps our clients to transform and sustain the health and wellbeing of people around the world. Our work combines passion with capabilities to impact the patient journey in conjunction with our clients. We believe that when our clients and society are stronger, so are we.