The creators of a powered arm brace, a device to aid newborn resuscitation and a platform for virtual nutritional consults have been chosen to present at Boston Children’s Hospital’s second annual pitch competition—otherwise known as the Innovation Tank—during the hospital’s Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2015.
Presented by the health care company Philips, the November 9 competition will be hosted by Troy Carter, founder and CEO of the entertainment company Atom Factory (managing Lady Gaga, among others) and newly named guest shark on ABC’s Shark Tank.
A la Shark Tank, each team will pitch its 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.
Myomo, Inc. (My Own Motion; Cambridge, MA) will pitch a pediatric version of the company’s MyoPro limb orthosis, a powered arm brace 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 technology was developed at MIT. This company video shows the existing MyoPro in action:
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. Here’s some background about the project and its global health implications:
Kindrdfood Inc. (Cambridge, MA) guides families who have to change their eating patterns due to a medical condition, food allergy, dietary restriction or a change in the family. Users create a profile online and are matched with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who provides personalized guidance via phone or live video, as well as follow-up recipes and meal plans.
Kindrdfood’s co-founders met at the inaugural Hacking Pediatrics competition (2013) where they won first place–two years ago today. Read our prior coverage of that event for further background.
Judges for this year’s ‘Tank:
- Daphne Zohar, co-founder + CEO of PureTech
- Tammi Jantzen, general partner + CFO at Astarte Ventures
- Jared Kesselheim, MD, MBA, partner at Bain Capital Ventures
- Jason Robart, president + CEO at Zaffre Investments
- Ivan Salgo, MD, MBA, associate chief medical officer, New Business Development, Patient Care and Monitoring Systems at Philips Healthcare
- David A. Williams, MD, chief of Hematology/Oncology and director of Clinical and Translational Research, Boston Children’s Hospital, and President, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
Last year’s inaugural Innovation Tank, an hour-long event, netted two winners: CareALine and HubScrub. Both fledgling companies offered products to help prevent catheter-associated infections—one to keep kids from pulling central lines, and one to clean the central line hubs—and were awarded $12,500 each. Kurbo, the runner-up, received $5,000 for its weight loss app.
But as Summit emcee Bruce Zetter put, “The children win.” That’s sure to be true this year as well.
To get in on this year’s Tank, register for the Summit now (November 9-10, Seaport World Trade Center).