We were back in Delhi for Medical Fair India 2019 and mingled with the vibrant health-tech community in Delhi – aka digital dilli. Partners like Data Natives, the global community of data-driven pioneers, Startupbootcamp Digital Health, one of the most serious health accelerators, GINSEP, the German Indian Start-up Exchange Program, and 91springboard, India’s vibrant coworking community for start-ups, freelancers and business owners with a start-up mindset, together with our global ambassadors Aline Noizet and Muthu Singaram curated an awesome 3-days conference program held at the FTR4H lounge in hall 10 of Pragati Maidan exhibition centre.
The highlight has been the inaugural FTR4H India Award, which has been held on Friday Feb 22ndat 16:00 live on stage. Start-ups from all over India had 3 minutes to pitch their digital health solution to the audience, the media, but even more important, to the jury.
First place and winning team were Janitri https://janitri.in/, who are working with a vision to see a world where no mother or baby die during pregnancy, delivery or post-delivery. The team is working on KEYAR which is an affordable, easy to use and wearable intra-partum FHR & contraction monitoring device. The disposable sensor patch sticks onto the mother’s belly to read up contractions and FHR. The device monitors both the parameters, analyses the pattern and further gives colour coded/sound alert if foetus is in distress. KEYAR communicates with their mobile application DAKSH which is an intrapartum monitoring mobile application for automated WHO partograph generation. DAKSH allows the staff nurse to register and enter vital signs of a pregnant woman. It reminds the staff nurse to monitor the labor vitals, as per the standard WHO intrapartum protocol. It also generates alerts in case of complications, based on an in-built algorithm.
The team of Yostra www.yostra.com got second place. They are a healthcare technology firm pioneering smart innovations to make healthcare more effective, affordable and sustainable for the cost sensitive developing market. Yostra is an interdisciplinary team of clinicians, designers and engineers, brought together by the common goal of making a positive impact in affordable healthcare. Diabetes is their core focus area and their team is working on Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy screening and Diabetic Foot Ulcer treatment, both of which have far reaching impact on public health. NEURO TOUCH www.neurotouch.co is a Point of Care, battery powered, multi-parameter diagnostic device for professional doctors to screen diabetic patients for symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy. It helps the clinician to perform four tests – Tactile Threshold (Monofilament), Vibration Perception Threshold Test, Thermal Perception Threshold Test and Infrared Thermometry. Using the smartphone-based NEURO TOUCH app, the data can be transferred to a web server which generates a test report.
Third place went to Mutelcor https://mutelcor.com/digital-health/, a technology consulting group headquartered in Germany with strong expertise in telecommunication, IoT and Digital Health technologies. Mutelcor Digital Health solution comprising of a doctor web portal, patient mobile app and intelligent patient data analytics tool is a secure, HL7 Standards compliant, cloud based end to end remote patient monitoring platform. The solution has been successfully implemented in 8 hospitals in India with over 1000 patients enrolled in the first six months of the launch. A one month pilot trial was successfully concluded by doctors in Brazil in 2018 and another trial is expected to begin in Malaysia.
Congratulations to the winning teams and to all start-ups who participated. You are now part of the Global FTR4H Society and we will do our utmost to support your ongoing journey to make this a better planet! See you next year in Mumbai March 5 – 7 2020 at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre for our 4th edition of FTR4H lounge in Incredible India.
This year at India’s 24th International exhibition and conference Bombay convention & exhibition centre in Mumbai we prepared three days of exciting content:
One of our speakers will be Pratistha Jain from Vibazone, who shared some of her thoughts on the industry.
“A couple of impediments have stifled the Indian healthcare market; the technology penetration in Tier II and III cities is a challenge due to lack of affordability, cost involved, demographics, income and awareness. The med-tech industry has not been regulated all these years, with inconsistent interpretation and application of regulatory standards being the norm. The new medical devices rules that have been executed this January, the Medtech entrepreneurs will have more clarity and specificity on the policies,” writes Prathistha Jain in her opinion piece on Youstory.
The healthcare landscape has evolved over the last few years. The image of a person getting a check-up has changed; in the twentieth century, the doctor would come over armed with a bag of tools and old-fashioned medical know-how. Some interesting digital healthcare solutions that have been showing promise include imaging, analyzing, processing and computing software with deep learning capabilities, a collaborative space for connecting healthcare stakeholders, telemedicine addressing the lack of accessible healthcare, management tools and platforms to standardize procedures, care delivery, prevention and wellness solutions and non-invasive point-of-care diagnostics.
Digital transformation will have a great impact on the healthcare space. This transformation could be through various new technologies such as mobile (feature phones, smartphones, phablets, tablets, wearables AR/VR, voice assistants) mobile tools and apps to improve efficiency and patient safety, manage addiction treatment and chronic diseases, IoT (Internet of Things, sensors, drones, robots, 3D printer, smart cars and homes to improve care delivery systems and emergency systems, data (big data, smart data, genomics data, bio-informatics) to quantify risk, precision medicine and disease diagnosis and artificial intelligence (medical diagnosis, robo-doc, health advisor, machine learning, health assistant, new health) to augment the diagnosis and treatment process.
Looking at the trends the future for healthcare looks bright and promising with some minor impediments to be faced through the journey.
Read the full story HERE.
As part of our FTR4H Conference we will also host an Open Mic Session. Apply till March 8th online here and use your time to shine! You will need a maximum of 10 min to fill out our questionnaire!
We will give up to 10 healthcare startups in attendance at SXSW the chance to present their startups on stage! 1 min elevator pitch, 2-3 min grillling from the audience and some of our speakers! Don’t be shy. Walk-ins welcome!
This session is in collaboration with DataNatives!
While SXSW draws many innovators into town for a short period of time, Austin and neighboring Houston are worth a trip for any healthcare expert. They are two of the most important healthcare markets of the US with leading universities, research facilities, corporations as well as private and public hospitals. Over 200 life science companies in the region, and a workforce of nearly 12,300 are focused on the highest growth segments and research areas in the industry, including the specialties of biologics, medical devices, diagnostics, pharmaceutical, contract research, and others. More than 3,700 companies with 93,800 workers make the State of Texas one of the leading biotech states in the country!
In collaboration with SXSW, we decided to offer curated tours for startups, corporate innovators, healthcare specialists as well as researchers to explore business opportunities in Texas. In four days and small groups we will:
To execute the tour, we partnered with some of the most active innovation and healthcare organisations in Texas such as:
Our tours cost range between USD 3,150 and USD 3,500 and include 1 Ticket to SXSW Interactive worth USD 1,125 (March 9th – March 15th), a curated 3 Day Tour in Houston and Austin with a minimum of meeting with 8 influencers, 4* Hotel Accommodation in Houston and a welcome dinner, pick-up and drop-off at the airport as well as transfer from Houston, and bike rentals in Austin. Accommodation in Austin can be provided upon request. Flights and visa are not included.
Register here or send us an email to Maren.Lesche@startupchallenges.eu!
Showcase your product at our FTR4H Space at SXSW! Our exhibitor packages range from $10,000 to $20,000 and include SXSW Interactive tickets worth $1125, an option to present on our FTR4H stage which will be featured in the official SXSWprogram, logo placement as well as access to our international Digital Health community! Here all opportunities in detail:
PS: Also check out our FTR4H Stage Program and our FTR4H Digital Health Tours in Houston & Austin!
INFUSE Digital Health Networking Event consisted of a short conference program and presentation of digital health startups in the Balkan region. Three startups were chosen to continue discussions about their solution with experiences industry opinion leaders from Startupbootcamp Digital Health Accelerator and Bayers Grants4Apps Accelerator. The jury members were:
Prior to the startup competition a panel on business models in digital health was held with the jury members. You can listen to it on Medicine Today on Digital Health Podcast on Soundcloud or iTunes.
Is a digitalized dental mirror for better insight and easier work for dentists. The team observed dentists suffer from back pain due to constant bending during their work. Toothcam aims at solving a problem with a camera. This reduces the need for bending and allowing easier, faster, cheaper, and better dental service by improving dentists’ vision.
GlutenTag is an app for people who do not tolerate gluten. It could pass between two hours to two days (depending on a person’s physiology) between an ingested meal with traces of gluten and the symptoms harming celiac patients. By labelling past meals / restaurants as safe / non-safe on the digestive tract of gluten intolerant person (or persons, through aggregation), the user can easily detect problematic food products.
Anti-stress clinic is an app to support stress management, mental strength and mental health.
Feelif enables blind and visually impaired people to feel on a standard touch screen. Current tools for the blind are expensive and/or one-dimensional, big, not interactive, not fun and not creative. Feelif is a standard tablet. By putting a special grid on top of the touchscreen, and installing a special app, Feelif signals to the blind person what’s beneath her fingers with the use of vibrations, sound and speech. Feelif enables the user to feel shapes/geometric functions, draw, learn Braille, exchange knowledge, watch interactive stories, play games…
Mediately is the name of a company working on an app. The doctor can check how to dose the drugs, there are any unwanted interactions with other drugs, and other aspects of care. In addition, he can use various diagnostic tools in the app to help him diagnose the condition, and then help him treat the patient.
Top three teams selected by the jury – Blaž Triglav (Mediately), Ivan Guć & Tomislav Mamić (Toothcam), Željko Khermayer (Feelif).
The Insulated Multimedia Space invention – The Awakening Room® – boosts the natural self-healing properties of the immune system with the help of a focused energy field. It solves the problem of vitality and courage in life for everyone, including the patients before and after major medical procedures.
The system supervises the physical condition of a pilot and his entire flight. In case of a problematic interference affecting the pilots piloting capabilities, the pilot gets warned about the source of the problem. After the flight, the pilot can save all the data gathered in the cloud for later analysis.
Tobiar is a massage device with a USB charging option, intended to primarily massage the wrist, the carpal tunnel area and by that prevent repetitive strain injury. It can also be used to massage other parts of the body, suffering due to repetitive strain injuries.
IEmbryo is a kit to help prevent a miscarriage. It embeds the embryos of the embryo. In case of suspicious events, the mother can connect to the doctor through the platform to get advice or act before misfortunate event for the baby.
Our next official stop is in China in June, but just before that, we are supporting an event in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The INFUSE Digital Health Networking Event for startups and experts, is taking place on May 26th in Ljubljana.
The event is organized by a medical journal Medicina danes and Technology Park Ljubljana – largest innovation ecosystem for commercialisation of knowledge and technology in SE Europe – in collaboration with the Slovenian Medtech community Healthday.si.
It is sponsored by MARAND, Bayer, MDNA, EU and SPIRIT Slovenia.
Here’s what’s on the menu:
Event moderator: Tjaša Zajc, Medicina Danes
17.00 WELCOME SPEECH; Tjaša Zajc, Journalist & conference moderator
17.15 – VIDEO: How is New Delhi hacking public health with mHealth
Q&A PANEL AND COMMENT: Where are we in eHealth compared to developing countries? What can we learn from them and each other?
mag. Katarina Kralj, Head of eHealth coordination at Ministry of Health Slovenia
Ozren Pezo, independent expert for eHealth, former Assistant Director for ICT at Croatian Health Insurance Fund HZZO
The Q&A will be moderated by Dorjan Marušič, Practicing Cardiologist, Former Member of the Expert Panel at European Commission DG for Health and Consumers (DG Sanco).
17.45 – CHIT CHAT with dr. Axel Polack: The hype around big data, genetic testing and gene modification technologies: progress or resurfacing of eugenics?
18.00 – KEYNOTE: Digital Health Trends: Forget the numbers, where is the impact?
Jesus del Valle, Head of Bayer’s Grants4Apps Accelerator
18.15 – PANEL: Rethinking the patient/customer, payment models, funding options
Dr. Jesus del Valle, Head of Bayer’s Grants4Apps Accelerator
Dr. Klaus Stöckemann, Managing Partner at Peppermint Venture Partners
Dorjan Marušič, Practicing Cardiologist, Former Member of the Expert Panel at European Commission DG for Health and Consumers (DG Sanco)
Stanislav Sirakov, Partner at LAUNCHub
Dr. Axel Polack, General Partner at the Joint Polish Investment found
Alex Farcet, Co-founder of Startupbootcamp – global network of industry focused startup accelerators
Details about the JURY MEMBERS of the Startup Competition at the INFUSE Digital Health Networking Event are available here.
19.00 – BREAK BEFORE THE “LAST CALL for Grants4Apps Startup Competition”
19.30 – STARTUP PITCH COMPETITION
20.30 – JURY DELIBERATION & AWARD CEREMONY
21.00 – NETWORKING PARTY TIME
It’s no secret around 80% of startups die after two years, due to lack of experience and funding. Accelerator programs get hundreds of applications and the majority of companies don’t even get a chance to present their solution in person. At INFUSE you can increase those odds. By getting feedback from the decision makers, you can gain visibility, make new valuable contacts and increase you chances to get funding.
Three startups pitching will be chosen:
– one will get shortlisted for Startupbootcamp, which gives accepted teams mentorship and 15.000 euros,
– one will get shortlisted for Grants4Apps, which gives accepted teams mentorship and 50.000 euros,
– one more developed will get a booth at MEDICA Trade Fair in Düsseldorf in November, at FTR4H Lab&Lounge in the US Pavilion!
The commercial price of a spot in the Future for Health Lab & Lounge at MEDICA is 3.000 USD. Future for Health (FTR4H) is a global Think Tank on Digital Health.
In 2010, an idea was born: to build an army of entrepreneurs to improve healthcare worldwide. That was the beginning of StartUp Health. According to their data, in five years, the organization grew to an allegiance of more than 30,000 investors, entrepreneurs and customers from all over the globe.
As is explained by its co-founder, Unity Stoakes, 4000 startups have tried to get in Startup Health so far, but only 180 have made it. What are they looking for?
StartUp Health supports companies working in at least one of the so-called moonshots. (PICTURE)
In the competitive process of choosing new entrants, the essential criterion is the mindset of the entrepreneur. They are looking for those that have a clear idea why they are doing what they are doing, who think long-term, want to work collaboratively, and are “batteries-included”.
The most important characteristics are passion, motivation, energy. “Most of the entrepreneurs we are working with are entering healthcare not because they would want to get rich, but because they – often due to personal reasons – care deeply about the problem they are solving.”
Are you someone who brings energy into the room or are you draining it out of the room? If you’re in the first group, you have a chance to get into StartUp Health. As emphasised by Mr. Stoakes, “this attracts customers and investors. A positive, hopeful attitude attracts other people with similar way of thinking.”
StartUp Health is backed by Google, Amazon, Keiser Permanente, Cleveland Clinic, Allianz, SAP and other prominent corporations with which they have formed multi-year strategic relationships aimed at creating opportunities for capital and means of scaling solutions.
“We don’t believe in the model of short-term random mentorships programs,” says Mr. Stoakes, emphasizing they only want to work with partners that have a transformative mindset from the top down. These are organisations focusing on external innovation, because they understand real change comes from collaboration.
Find out more by listening to my conversation with Unity Stoakes in Medicine Today on Digital Health.
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