RESI San Diego 2017 Innovation Challenge – Winners Announced

22 Jun

By Nono Hu, Director of Marketing, LSN

On June 19, more than 600 healthcare entrepreneurs and investors entered the exhibition hall at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. They were greeted by 30 Innovation Challenge finalists across therapeutics, medical device, diagnostics, and healthcare IT sectors. The 30 companies, hand selected by LSN’s scientific and commercial review team, competed directly on merits of innovation and commercial viability. Here, LSN would like to present the top 3 winners who attracted the greatest amount of “RESI Cash”.

First Place: Taithera

Taithera is redefining orthopaedics. Taithera is developing a first-in-class bone targeted drug delivery platform for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. The core of Taithera’s revolutionary platform is a nanoparticle that is programmed to deliver therapeutics directly to the site of a bone lesion. This hyper-targeted delivery platform can be used to treat primary and metastatic bone cancers, fractures, osteoporosis, and other bone conditions. Taithera is based in New York City, and was founded by Mo Chen, PhD and Seth Harlem.

Michael Quigley, VP of Market Research, Life Science Nation | Mo Chen, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, Taithera | Seth Harlem, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Taithera

Second Place: Tasso

Tasso is a medical device company that is developing the HemoLink, a user-friendly way to self-collect blood for clinical testing that has the potential to fundamentally change how people interface with healthcare. The HemoLink is a device that enables high-quality blood sample collection with one press of a button. After the blood draw is complete, the tube appended to the device simply twists off and can be used directly within standard lab processes. The HemoLink is enabled by novel microfluidic technologies that enable connectivity (e.g. tube types), simple low-cost manufacturing, and plasma separation onsite. The HemoLink can replace phlebotomy in small clinics and bring blood collection to the home.

Michael Quigley, VP of Market Research, Life Science Nation | Ben Casaavant, VP, Engineering, Tasso

Third Place: ViewsIQ

ViewsIQ is a medical technology company, digitizing patient samples microscopically to disrupt the pathology practice – the last remaining medical imaging field to go digital. ViewsIQ’s Panoptiq system is the first software-based approach to digital imaging that allows seamless integration into a Pathologist’s clinical workflow. With Panoptiq, the cost barrier to digital imaging has been removed, permitting clinicians to offer expert diagnostic care to patients virtually anywhere in the world.

Michael Quigley, VP of Market Research, Life Science Nation | Herman Lo, CEO, ViewsIQ

Thank you to all who competed in the RESI San Diego Innovation Challenge, and to all the RESI attendees who took part by investing their votes in their favorite competing companies.

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