Innovation

Largest TMCx Cohort Shares Progress with Record Audience


See All Photos By Christine Hall | June 09, 2017

Twenty-one digital health startups took their final bows in front of a standing-room-only audience—and more than 2,000 people watching via livestream—as part of the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute’s TMCx Demo Day on June 8.

Their pitches, in front of hospital stakeholders, advisors and members of the Houston innovation ecosystem, followed a four-month intensive program that included more than 100 hours of entrepreneurship curriculum, as well as introductions and meetings with advisors and key hospital decisionmakers.

The TMCx accelerator program couples the resources of the world’s largest medical center with the innovative spark of entrepreneurs to provide a comprehensive and practical curriculum for participating company founders.

In fall 2016, more than 300 companies competed for acceptance into TMCx, and almost 20 percent of those startups hailed from Silicon Valley, Calif. The fourth class of companies also included three Australian companies from the Texas Medical Center’s new BioBridge health technology startup exchange program, designed to create a global health ecosystem linking the United States and Australia.

“We were focused on digital health, and we saw everything that fits under that umbrella this time,” said Erik Halvorsen, Ph.D., director of the TMC Innovation Institute.

He also praised the companies, saying this was “statistically is the most successful class we have run.” He pointed to the 82 executed pilots and agreements made by the companies.

“It is impressive and truly a testament to the hustle by these companies and to the institutions for them to embrace innovation and figure out how to work with these companies,” he said. “It is a message to future companies coming here that you can raise money in Houston and get engagement by these hospitals.”

To continue to provide a welcoming atmosphere for startups and clinical work, the Texas Medical Center is collaborating with its member institutions to offer one Institutional Review Board document for clinical trials, set to launch later this year.

“Imagine, we have 29 IRBs in this medical center, so you would have to go to 29 individual groups to put together a clinical trial,” said William F. McKeon, president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center. “We are about to launch the TMC IRB—one signed document to access to the entire medical center. Essentially, we will have one universal front door to the Texas Medical Center.”

In addition to the agreements made, the companies also participated in 522 customer engagements with advisors, clinicians, investors and key opinion leaders to refine their value proposition and determine their product and market fit.

The companies that completed the fourth TMCx program are:

  • Arterys (San Francisco) – Automated, intelligent software that unleashes real-world clinical data to make imaging more accurate and data driven.
  • Babyscripts (Washington, D.C.) – Remote monitoring to better identify high-risk pregnancies.
  • CNSDose( Melbourne, Australia) – Genomic solution to fast-track finding the right antidepressant.
  • ConsultLink (Houston) – Mobile workspace for care-team members to streamline and improve patient care.
  • DOT (Ottawa, Canada) – Precise and effective wearable consumer devices that diagnose and treat neurobehavioral disorders.
  • Glidian (Palo Alto, Calif.) – Electronic portal streamlining prior authorizations for medications and procedures.
  • Healthcoin (Portland, Ore.) – Block chain-based incentives and data platform for diabetes prevention.
  • InContext Reporting (Houston) – Quality management and clinical decision support tools powered by cognitive computing.
  • Insight Rx (San Francisco) – Quantitative pharmacology and machine learning enabled precision medicine platform.
  • Lantern (San Francisco) – Revolutionizing the delivery and efficacy of mental health services.
  • M&S Biotics (Scranton, Pa.) – Artificial Intelligence and RFID technology improve resource utilization and efficiency.
  • ManageUP PRM (Santa Clara, Calif.) – Communication and collaboration solution to improve the ability to deliver quality patient care.
  • Medable (Palo Alto, Calif.) – Fast path to mobile for clinical care and medical research.
  • Medifies (San Francisco) – Helping health providers communicate with families of patients in their care.
  • NeuroLex Laboratories (Atlanta) – Voice analysis platform to detect health conditions before advanced symptoms appear.
  • Personify Care (Adelaide, Australia) – Mobile platform enabling clinical teams to monitor patient recovery beyond the hospital stay.
  • Psious (Barcelona, Spain) – Virtual reality immersion therapy for mental health disorders.
  • SensorRx (Houston) – Patient-centered application to improve outcomes for migraine sufferers.
  • Stroll Health (San Francisco) – Electronic Health Record-integrated referral platform.
  • Vios Medical (Minneapolis and Bangalore, India) – Patient management information systems focusing on clinical workflow automation and remote patient care services.
  • Ward Medication Management (Melbourne, Australia) – Decision support analytics engine providing evidence-based prescribing recommendations.
Tags | Innovation



Social Posts

profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Employers answer the call at Mayor’s Challenge conference to help prevent suicide https://t.co/4SqzgOFWNj via #VAntagePoint

12 hours ago
profile_image

BCMHouston

@bcmhouston

Dr. Hugo Bellen and his lab are looking into the fruit fly's genes to find the ones that cause neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disorders. https://t.co/Q9iZDBraWs #research @BCMFomtheLabs

12 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

It was great to see some of the #ManyFacesOfUTHealth working together yesterday at the @UTHealthCIPC mass casualty simulation drill to improve their skill sets and elevate their training! https://t.co/8SD8ipgbUO #collaboration #healthcare

12 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

RT @UTCVSurgery: The @UTHealth @McGovernMed @UTCVSurgery #Vascular team at the @VascularSVS #VAM2018 interactive poster session https://t.c…

12 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

RT @UTHealthCareers: Come Join the #UTHealth Team!!!! We have openings for all positions. Click the link below and join our team!!!! https:…

12 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

VA program using telemedicine to improve care of critically ill patients in regional hospitals appeared to reduce transfers to ICUs at larger facilities without compromising patient survival, researchers said. https://t.co/3shlLvcRbn via @HealthLeaders

13 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is @USArmy Veteran Joe Lopez. https://t.co/XNJFhMYYlM

13 hours ago
profile_image

Rice University

@RiceUniversity

RT @RiceUNews: Thanks to @MarkBermanFox26 and all the other #Houston media for visiting campus Thursday when we introduced @RiceBaseball's…

14 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

How we’re leading the way in #thyroidcancer treatment: https://t.co/MgHQp9I0Dd #endcancer

14 hours ago
profile_image

Rice University

@RiceUniversity

RT @davidleebron: Here’s the sequel. Gorgeousness from the opposite perspective at the end of the day. https://t.co/TOID4qgnLF

14 hours ago
profile_image

University of Houston

@UHouston

RT @UH_MVP: Come volunteer next Saturday, take some time out of your summer to give back to our Houston community! https://t.co/wIdQtK3LmX

14 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

Today @Ppisters, @svargheseCHRO and other MD Anderson senior leaders set the pace for the President’s Fitness Challenge Row, Ride, Run. Next week, all employees are invited to form teams and try to beat Dr. Pisters’ time. #endcancer https://t.co/kHPILjnwi2

15 hours ago
profile_image

Rice University

@RiceUniversity

RT @CaroMuriel3: “ I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring” David Bowie💃🏻🏃🏽‍♀️ Running on one of the best…

15 hours ago
profile_image

Houston Methodist

@MethodistHosp

@NASARocketMan Thanks for reaching out. Please send a DM so we can get more info & have management follow up ^SF

15 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

ICYMI: Phase II clinical trial offers hope for first new therapeutic option for small cell #lungcancer in more than three decades: https://t.co/kn0V96ak9v #lcsm #endcancer

15 hours ago