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.
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.
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.
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.
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.