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2017  Finalist
Sports Technology

We are building second generation Weightlifting equipment. Our devices are inspired by robotics and produce variable resistance without the use of physical weights. W8X training equipment enables the most important training methodologies (isokenetic/ eccentric/ isometric) in a simple manner, while providing accurate measurement of the athletes performance and development.

2017  Finalist
Food, Beverages & Restaurants

Recent clinical studies proved that consistently introducing food allergens to infants before 6 months old prevents allergies by over 80% (*LEAP, EAT). The trouble is that parents find it scary, inconvenient, and stressful to introduce a range allergens regularly to their infants. We have created a convenient set of organic fruit puree pouches that contain the same amounts of allergens as the breakthrough studies, making it easy and stress-free for parents to prevent allergies.

2017  Finalist
Enterprise Software

Life Science sales is really, really hard.

Sales people who consistently meet quota maintain dozens of relationships and qualify/monitor hundreds of potential customers. This is why only 53% of life science salespeople actually hit quota and 79% of execs think improving productivity of existing staff is critical to achieving revenue goals.

Acenna uses machine learning to make it easy for Life Science salespeople to have more meaningful conversations with the right customers, at scale.

2017  Finalist
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

Drug-resistant infections have become a public health crisis. We are at the precipice of the post-antibiotic era, where routine surgeries and standard in-patient care present unacceptable risk. Octagon has developed a novel approach to antibiotic discovery, which utilizes bacterial metabolism as a therapeutic target. Our lead development candidates, which show no effect in standard industry screens, have been shown safe and highly effective in animal models. This is a critical medical need.

2017  Finalist
Medical Devices

Cellino’s goal is to enable gene therapy companies and research labs to deliver gene-editing cargo to cells with exceptional performance, which is a major challenge today.

2017  Finalist
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

The widespread irreproducibility in biomedical science is making scientific ‘experts’ obsolete. Hive leverages an innovative model to extract information from the scientific literature on a large-scale while providing confidence metrics that directly assess reproducibility of scientific findings. Hive offers business development executives, venture capitalists, and researchers the extraordinary ability to develop their expertise on any topic in biomedicine within a short period of time.