Startup Showcase: An Onsite Glimpse of the Latest Technology

Startup Showcase: An Onsite Glimpse of the Latest Technology

The Medical Innovation Summit convenes leaders from around the world to join the conversation on innovation and entrepreneurship to advance patient care and outcomes. Reflective of the spirit of the Summit, the StartUp Showcase was introduced to celebrate innovation in the healthcare arena. In its inaugural year, the StartUp showcase attracted driven young companies to Cleveland and highlighted solutions that are poised to change healthcare. Applications were received internationally through the support of our partners:  Jumpstart, Plug and Play, HealthXL, HIMSS, and Business Finland.

Over 40 companies from all aspects of the healthcare space eagerly pitched their solutions to a panel of esteemed judges. Though diverse in their technology, participants were broadly divided into two categories for judging: provider based solutions for improving clinical and patient outcomes, and solutions for operational efficiencies or consumer based products. Immediately following the pitches, StartUp Showcase participants and attendees heard from some of our collaborators, Athersys, BioEnterprise and BioOhio about “Disruptors in Believeland.” This session illustrated the historical growth of biotech in northeast Ohio. The panel discussion was led by Solomon Wilcots, Head of Russo Partners’ Sports-Health Alliance, national television analyst, and former NFL athlete.

The 2018 StartUp Showcase saw two companies rise to the top of their respective tracks and were announced as Showcase winners.

YouScript: identifies at-risk individuals within patient populations, helps medical professionals interpret pharmacogenetic testing results, and provides expert support for medication management. YouScript is the first and only analytics software tool available to prescribers that predicts potential drug-drug and drug-gene, and cumulative drug interactions based on both cytochrome P450 metabolism and genetic testing. The software is available in all major electronic health records covering over 60% of the US population with the capacity to impact internationally.

Sana: The world’s first smart pain relief mask, Sana’s technology provides relief to individuals with chronic nerve pain. Sana Relief is a light and sound stimulation device that monitors biometric data to guide its users into deep relaxation. Providing a solution to those with limited options, a testament to just how relevant these types of solutions will be in the current pain management crisis.

Winners will receive a collective package from all of the Showcase collaboration partners designed to further their visibility and guidance from esteemed clinical experts and investment groups to continue the development and engagement of the technology.  

We at Cleveland Clinic Innovations extend our sincerest appreciation and thanks to our partners, sponsors, and judges for their support and dedication to making this a successful event for Cleveland and to all our participants, whose devotion to innovation is a catalyst in our work toward better medicine. We look forward to the hosting the StartUp Showcase at MIS2019 and the entrepreneurial innovation this next year will bring.

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