Briteseed, IntuiTap and WestFace selected for the new TMCx program

August 10, 2016 | PRNewswire


Eleven Medical Device Startups Head to Texas Medical Center

Cohort arrives to make their mark on the future of health care

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Innovation Institute this week welcomes 11 startups selected from more than 100 applications to its accelerator program, TMCx, which for the first time is focusing exclusively on medical devices. This is the third installment of TMCx, a program that couples the resources of the world’s largest medical center with the innovative spark of entrepreneurs.

Over the next 15 weeks, the companies will learn and collaborate with some of the top industry experts to take their medical device from concept to commercialization. They will also be introduced to stakeholders at the 56 member institutions within the Texas Medical Center with the goal of meeting the needs of patient care. Not only will these companies tap into business experts in that field, but will also have access to the largest collection of top physicians and scientists on one campus, which serves over 8.2 million patients annually.

Hailing from Texas, New York and California among other states, and global counterparts including Mexico, companies accepted into the third TMCx class include:

  • Allotrope Medical (Houston) provides precise ureter identification during minimally invasive surgery.
  • Bloom Labs (New York, @myblumio) has a credit-card sized rescue inhaler for asthmatics.
  • Blumio (San Francisco) is creating a sensor that can measure blood pressure continuously, without the need to rely on the use of an inflatable cuff.
  • Briteseed (Chicago, @safesnips) develops smart surgical tools that make surgeons more confident.
  • Flexios (Houston) provides streamlined surgical solutions for tendon repair that improve strength, smoothness, and patient satisfaction.
  • IntuiTap Medical (Houston, @IntuiTapMedical) has a handheld device that eliminates the guesswork from spinal taps.
  • NovaScan (Milwaukee, Wis.) is pioneering an oncology diagnostic platform that provides highly accurate, instantaneous detection of cancer without capital equipment.
  • Otricath (Houston) is a catheter system changing the rules in the delivery of liver cancer treatment.
  • Voyager Biomedical (College Station, Texas) is creating a better solution for vascular access in dialysis patients.
  • WeaRobot (Monterrey, Mexico, @WeaRobot_) is an active exoskeleton for seniors and the physically impaired.
  • WestFace Medical (Seattle, @westfacemd) puts imaging at the tip of any needle providing clinician guidance to improve clinical outcomes, lower costs and increase patient satisfaction.

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