Top 10 HealthTech Startups 2016

Top 10 HealthTech Startups 2016
2016 has been a great year for health technology, and we are seeing an expanding network unfold to help innovative research and ideas reach market. This network include organizations, such as accelerators, incubators, and VCs, as well as individuals who work hard to help startups and their vision of improving human health.

Every week I select a handful of startups to write about based on a number of criteria, including feasibility and application, and most importantly, whether or not it is an improvement of current solutions. As I get to know each startup better, I feel a sense of admiration and inspiration for the vision they have to change what most of us take for granted. It can be everything from incremental changes that make the healthcare system more efficient to disruptive innovations that create new markets.

This year I have decided to highlight 10 startups that are especially interesting and with extraordinary potential. These startups have developed innovative technologies that significantly improve human health and quality of life, while increasing access to care.

4Dx is developing a new approach to lung imaging. Their technology use X-ray images from different directions to track lung tissue movement, and the flow of air both in and out is measured using algorithms. The non-invasive technology specifically help in early diagnosis and monitoring of debilitating respiratory diseases, including COPD, cystic fibrosis and asthma, as well as cancer.

Akili Interactive Labs is developing mobile software-based cognitive assessments, diagnostics and therapeutics that look like high-quality video games. The startup is leading the emergence of a new category of non-pharmacological therapies, help diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions affecting cognitive function. They combine neuroscience and new consumer technology to target some of the most underserved patients.

Cambridge Bio Augmentation System aim to standardize the interface between an amputated stump and any prosthetic, and is developing an integrated medical device allowing patients to connect to any prosthetic immediately. The disruptive technology could decrease associated costs and accelerate recovery, while allowing manufacturers to sell prostheses directly to amputees, diversifying the prosthetics available to patients and making them more affordable.

MediSieve is developing a groundbreaking drug-free malaria treatment, a magnetic filter that physically remove infected blood cells directly from a patient’s bloodstream. The device is able to reduce the patient’s infection burden much faster than drugs alone, and is specifically aimed at the most vulnerable patients, helping them recover faster, keep symptoms at bay, and increase their likelihood of survival.

Nano-X is determined to change the delivery of and increase access to radiotherapy. They are redesigning radiotherapy machines, drastically simplifying them to make them more affordable and smaller. Their system is able to target tumors with precision and accuracy, even as the patient’s anatomy changes during treatment, and it is estimated to do so at about 10% of the cost of current machines.

Neurotrack is developing a noninvasive, fast and cheap visual test to diagnose Alzheimer’s. Their 5-minute web-based test use a basic webcam to capture eye movements and accurately identify people at risk of Alzheimer’s. The test could become an affordable tool for widespread screening, enabling doctors to identify people at risk of the disease up to six years before symptoms emerge.

oDocs Eye Care is determined to revolutionize primary eye care.
They are developing low-cost, easy-to-use products that clip into place in seconds to turn your smartphone into a professional eye examination kit. The technology dramatically decrease costs while increasing the accessibility of eye health services, giving hope of early detection and prevention of eye diseases to millions around the world.

Oxehealth is developing a software that is able to extract human vital signs from real-time digital video footage. The startup provide a powerful low-cost tool to monitor patients without the need for contact devices that restrict patient movement and health outcomes. The innovative technology has wide application, giving immediate alerts about sudden changes in patient health, increasing efficiency and reducing overall health costs.

ResApp is developing a smartphone app, based on algorithms that is able to diagnose and measure the severity of a wide range of respiratory conditions based on sound alone. The startup provide a powerful digital health tool delivered directly to consumers, and the low-cost, innovative technology could significantly increase access to care, especially in rural and low-resource settings.

Tissue Analytics is developing a smartphone app that can measure and quantify the wound healing process. From a photo alone, the technology can determine the surface area, length and width of the wound, as well as the contraction rates. The innovative telehealth solution engage and help patients better manage their health, while allowing healthcare providers to identify who needs immediate care and increase efficiency.