Myomo, Inc., the Augmented Infant Resuscitator project and Kindrdfood Inc. have been selected to present at Boston Children’s Hospital’s second annual Innovation Tank on Monday, November 9 (4:15-5:30 p.m. ET) during the hospital’s Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards (Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, #PedInno15).
The Shark Tank-style competition will be hosted by Troy Carter (founder and CEO of Atom Factory, and newly named guest shark on ABC’s Shark Tank) and presented by Philips, a diversified health and well-being company focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation. Each of the finalists will pitch their health care innovation to a panel of venture capitalists, clinicians and industry leaders, who will decide how to award $30,000 in sponsored prize money and offer advice on how to advance projects to market.
The teams and projects include:
Myomo, Inc. (My Own Motion; Cambridge, MA) will pitch a powered arm brace based on technology developed at MIT. The device, a pediatric version of the company’s MyoPro limb orthosis, is intended to increase movement in the paralyzed limbs of children with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury or brachial plexus injury by using their own neurological signals.
The Augmented Infant Resuscitator (AIR; Uganda and Boston, MA) is a low-cost ventilation add-on device for infants with breathing problems. It works with existing resuscitation equipment, using sensors and real-time feedback to help clinicians identify and address airway obstruction, air leaks around the mask, incorrect ventilation rate and excessive ventilation pressure.
Kindrdfood Inc. (Cambridge, MA) delivers trustworthy, expert guidance to families who have to change the way that they eat, due to a medical condition, food allergy, or the addition of a new child. Each client connects, through live video or phone, with a specially matched Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, who offers a guided path to daily confidence and delicious personalized meals.
Boston Children’s Hospital’s Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2015, Taking on Tomorrow (November 9-10, 2015), is designed to address unmet needs, solve problems and seize opportunities in pediatric health care. The 2015 theme is Precision Pediatrics.
Taking on Tomorrow features IBM as its premier sponsor. Additional sponsors, to date, include Philips, Deloitte, Bain Capital Ventures, Genzyme, Zaffre Investments, Medtronic, American Well, Cerner Corporation, Siemens, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, athenahealth, Claritas Genomics, FKP Architects, Grunenthal and Shire. Association partners include the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Institute for Pediatric Innovation, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, the New England Venture Capital Association and Springboard Enterprises. Media partners include boston.com, The Boston Globe, Modern Healthcare, Hospital of Tomorrow, WGBH, WBUR-90.9 FM, Xconomy and MIT Technology Review.
Read about last year’s inaugural Innovation Tank and follow the Summit online @BCH_Innovation #PedInno15 takingontomorrow.org.