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We’re thrilled to announce this year’s winners for the eighth annual HealthTECH Startup Competition.

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2020 Winners

1st Place: Rubitection logo

Focusing on an insight around the inability to detect pressure ulcers on the skin of color in a timely manner, Rubitection developed a low cost, easy to use system that can objectively assess the health status of skin regardless of skin color. This unique, multi-sensor measurement method transitions the diagnosis of pressure ulcers from a subjective visual measurement to a more objective, data-driven solution including a digital health system for diagnosis.

2nd Place: Liqid Medical logo

Liquid Medical has developed a new device to improve outcomes for glaucoma patients by leveraging the body’s natural ability to regulate and lower pressure in the eye. The solution diverts fluid to an existing reservoir in the eye to harness the body’s natural ability to self-regulate pressure, optimizing control, and avoiding typical complications with glaucoma.

3rd Place: Wave Therapeutics logo

Patients utilizing wheelchairs have specific needs around the prevention of pressure given the time spent in the chair. Wave Therapeutics has developed a solution that delivers real-time monitoring of pressure levels to modify and re-distribute as needed to promote adequate blood flow. This combined with other unique device sensor input has the ability to be used as both a preventative solution as well as an intelligent monitoring system.

People’s Choice:

Blue Eye has developed a clinical decision support tool that uses proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms to assist radiologists and other healthcare professionals in significantly faster and more accurate detection and diagnosis of pneumonia, pneumothorax, tuberculosis, cancer, stroke, and COVID-19.

HealthTECH Startup Competition

Program Overview

In response to highly successful events over the past seven years, Insight Innovation Center and Matter are co-hosting the eighth annual HealthTECH Startup Competition on the week of November 16, 2020. This year’s event will be virtual, with the top ten leading early-stage device and digital health startup finalists competing for $20,000 in cash and prizes.

First-round startup competitors will be selected by a judging panel of leaders from academia, global corporations, investors, and community health organizations. They will narrow the list of eligible competitors down to the top 20 teams. The second round of vetting and review will identify the finalists that will present live in November at the HealthTECH Competition. Startups will provide a five-minute pitch followed by a five-minute Q&A during a private stream with the judges. On the merit of their live pitches, jurors will select the top three startups for cash and prize awards at the event.

On November 20th, all ten startups will give their final one-minute presentations to the larger audience of event attendees and judges. This is an opportunity to gain the attention of the attendees and take home the people’s choice award, voted by tweeting with the hashtag #InsightHealthTECH20. We hope you can attend this great event and look forward to hearing your voice in the People’s Choice.

2020 Program Schedule

HealthTECH week of November 16, 2020

5 five-minute startup live-pitches and Q&A
5 five-minute startup live-pitches Q&A
Judges will discuss presentations
10 one-minute startup live pitches and winners announcement

This Year Our Top 10 Goes To 11

Hyfe Logo
Blue Comet logo
Liqid Medical logo
Hubly Surgical logo

Nephrodite logo
Rubitection logo
Cardio Diagnostics inc. logo
Wave Therapeutics logo

MyPhi llc logo
ThraB Medical logo

Program Goals

– Improve lives by bringing innovative health solutions to patients

– Encourage entrepreneurship in the healthcare industry

– Grow the drug delivery and medical device innovation ecosystem

– Connect corporations with early stage companies

2020 Sponsors

Gold & Silver Partners

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Logo
Greenlight Guru

Media Partners

For 2020 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Steve McPhilliamy.


2020 Judges

Barbara Goodman

Barbara Goodman leads Cures Within Reach and its
mission of driving more treatments to more patients
more quickly through medical repurposing research.
She joined in 2017 as President & COO to help
expand the reach and influence of CWR in both the
philanthropic and commercial spaces, as well as to
foster organizational growth and financial
sustainability, and became CEO in 2020.

Vikram Karnani

Currently, EVP & President, International operations at
Horizon Therapeutics, and served most recently as
EVP & chief commercial officer at Horizon. He has
extensive executive and commercial leadership
experience with a focus on sales, marketing, market
access, and patient services, in the healthcare
industry, spanning areas including biotech,
pharmaceuticals, cell therapy and medical devices.
Prior experience in management consulting,
semiconductors and telecommunications.

Dimitri Grasswill

Currently the VP of Innovation Nemera, Dimitri has
practiced in various settings, starting from device
manufacturing and quality environment to
development and industrialization project
management. In 2010, he moved to a innovation
lead position, where he started to structure and
develop the innovation center of Nemera with the
target to establish a “state of the art” innovation
and development organization for
pharmaceutical devices and drug delivery

Katie Arnold

President & Founder, SPRIG Consulting LLC
Elite team located in medical hubs around the world
providing strategic marketing services that bring
medical innovation and solutions to market so that
patients can live longer, happier lives.

Maryam Saleh

Currently Executive Director of the Kaplan Family
Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at
IllinoisTech. She has held leadership roles at several
startups including Machinify, a venture-backed
startup that’s applying AI to bend the cost curve in
healthcare and Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology
Systems, a medical device company that used brain
implants and machine learning to restore movement
in quadriplegic individuals. She has also help launch
and accelerate startups through her founding roles
at Northwestern’s Center for Device Development
and MATTER, a business development hub for over
200 cutting-edge health tech startups.

Jonathan Gunn

CEO & Founder of Briteseed, an early stage surgical
technology company delivering smart surgical tools to
the operating room. Backed by the NIH, NSF, and
Texas Medical Center, Briteseed’s technology platform
leverages advanced hyperspectral imaging and deep
learning. Jonathan has a background in intellectual
property law and surgical imaging research.

Benefits to startups

Visibility of their innovations before hundreds of key industry leaders

The opportunity for valuable direct feedback from jury professionals with proven track records of successfully bringing emerging technologies to market

A chance to be privately mentored by one of the most experienced development teams in the world

A chance to win $20,000 in cash and prizes – including six month free membership to MATTER and other in-kind services, to directly advance their innovations toward commercialization


2020 HealthTECH Startup Competition Key Dates

Sept 17Website opens for startup applications
Oct 25Deadline for final startup applications (Midnight)
Nov 6Top 10 candidates selected and notified by panel
Nov 17First round startup finalist presentations
Nov 18Second round startup finalist presentations
Nov 20Quick pitch live event

Judging Criteria

Our team of notable jurors will review all applications and narrow them to ten finalists to participate in the live pitching competition. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Showcasing technologies that provide clinically effective solutions to real healthcare problems that improve patient outcomes
  • Clearly communicated solutions that fulfill user needs and are captured in a detailed and compelling business case/business plan 
  • A collaborative team that demonstrates diversity of thought, cohesion, and the capability to execute proposed innovations
  • Presenting unique, viable business opportunities that appeal to potential investors

2019 Top Four

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Check out our recap to learn more about our past event and winners!