Medical World Americas conference closes with startup pitches
The Medical World Americas Conference and Expo closed out its final day of “Innovate: Transforming Health through Disruption and Discovery” with a collection of sessions that challenged where Houston is going in life sciences, telemedicine, the health care delivery system, precision medicine, volunteer opportunities and executives who’ve made a successful go at their startups.
The conference ended with the TMC Texas Startup Pitch, where 17 companies introduced key health system stakeholders to their innovation health care technologies.
Judges included Emmanuelle Schuler, director of Johnson and Johnson Innovation’s JLABS @ TMC; John Reale, CEO of Station Houston and president of TiE Houston; Nadia Morris, innovation lead for AT&T Foundry; and Col. John Holcomb, M.D., vice chair, professor and chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School and director of the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute.
Startups were critiqued on market opportunity, distinctive competence, management capability, critical understanding, implementation of investment potential and presentation.
The winning team, awarded $5,000, was The Right Place, a communication solution that matches patients with post-acute care facilities. Second place, and $3,000, went to Xpress, a platform for health care providers to know what pharmaceutical options are available for their patients. ePreop won third place and $1,000. The company’s SurgicalValet software streamlines operating room processes.