MedTech Industry Strategic Interest Areas 2020

All device, diagnostic, and digital startups are encouraged to apply to MedTech Innovator at https://medtechinnovator.org/apply. Additionally, the following list highlights technologies identified as specifically of strategic interest via our medtech industry survey. 

Our interests are not limited to this list, but if you know a company that matches any of the below interest areas, please encourage them to apply and/or nominate them directly at http://bit.ly/2sU2WGH.

MEDICAL DEVICES

Disrupts an existing drug market with an unmet need

  • Applications: heart failure, COPD, peripheral artery disease, vascular disease, AFIB, structural heart conditions, ECMO

Interventional tools

  • Applications: radiology, pulmonology, vascular, neurovascular, stroke treatment

Minimally invasive surgical tools

  • Robotic tools for endoluminal surgeries: GI tract, vascular, biopsies, surgical oncology
  • Digital surgery
  • Energy (laparoscopic)
  • Cryoablation tools and techniques

Biocompatible materials

  • Promotes wound healing
  • MRI-compatible
  • 3D printable
  • Anti-microbial
  • Applications: hernia repair, catheters

Endoscopy

  • Flexible modalities
  • Navigation
  • Energy
  • Applications: GI, pancreas, pulmonology, ENT

Innovative safety mechanisms

  • Renal/dialysis products
  • Injection, infusion, and transfusion devices
  • Needleless and safety connector systems

Automated cell culture equipment and systems

  • Stem cell growth systems
  • Serum-free culture
  • 3D organ culture
  • Applications: cell therapy

Ophthalmic

  • AR / VR
  • Biosensors
  • IOL
  • Correction of visual access
  • Diagnostics
  • Modalities when central retina is destroyed
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CONSUMER HEALTHCARE
  • Patient education
  • Self-monitoring of biometric and health behavior parameters
  • Improved management of chronic diseases with severe comorbidities and predictive analytics
  • Non-drug pain management solutions
  • Patient empowerment tools for improved self-care

REMOTE PATIENT MONITORING AND CLINICAL STUDIES

Measure relevant biometric & behavior parameters

  • Clinical trials
  • Risk prevention and mitigation for efficient care and timely intervention
  • Patient stratification / identifying populations
  • Patient status management: nutrition, fluids, etc.
  • Chronic disease management: heart failure, diabetes, obesity
  • Sensors, wearables, implantables
    • Semiconductor-enabled
    • Non-invasive or minimally invasive
    • BP, ECG, hydration, sweat, temperature, fluid status, metabolites
    • Application: opioid overdose, fluid monitoring

WORKFLOW OPTIMIZATION
  • Pharmacy
  • Medication delivery, tracking & adherence
  • Drug compounding
  • Telemedicine/teleconsultation
  • Hospital inventory management: asset tracking (e.g. RFID)

DIAGNOSTICS

With/without clinical decision support

  • Novel osteoporosis diagnostics
  • Diabetes mitigation & management
  • Rapid infectious diseases diagnostics
    • Molecular diagnostics for virus/flu

IMAGING
  • Narrow-band imaging
  • Advanced imaging for GI

ADDITIONAL INTEREST AREAS
  • Infection prevention and treatment: surgery and orthopedics
  • Pediatrics: orthopedics, spine, neonatal
  • Global health
  • Sleep apnea
  • Organ support

U.S. ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH AND MATERIAL COMMAND

MedTech Innovator is sourcing opportunities in partnership with US military for a military pitch event to be held in March. The following list highlights technologies identified as specifically of interest by the US Military for this event. If you know a company that matches any of these interest areas, then please encourage them to apply at https://medtechinnovator.org/apply.

MEDICAL INFORMATICS, TELE-HEALTH, MODELING, AND SIMULATIONS: COMBAT CASUALTY CARE:
  • Augmented reality/ virtual patient surrogate and environment
  • Moulage/simulated tissue
  • Holography
  • Haptics/tactility
  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning
  • Medical synthetic training environment
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  • Automated ability to rapidly determine hemorrhage in abdomen and head
  • Advanced technologies to support CROSS (Combat Resuscitation and Oxygenation Support System) which is ECLS-type capability for renal and pulmonary support
  • Automated ability to rapidly diagnose and assess level of brain damage in a mass casualty setting
COMBAT TRAUMA AND ACUTE REHABILITATION: MILITARY OPERATIONAL MEDICINE RESEARCH PROGRAM:
  • Devices that allow remote triage and diagnosis of underlying clinical conditions prior to presentation of symptoms in the management of trauma patients utilizing comms that are acceptable to the military community
  • Novel fluid adjuncts that can enable sustainment of casualties in the event of reduced blood products
  • Products to stabilize or temporize burns in a prolonged care scenario
  • Products to provide single or multiple organ support in polytrauma patients to reduce the incidence of multi-organ failure
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  • Remote patient monitoring to measure relevant biometric & health behavior parameters for clinical trials, risk prevention and mitigation for efficient care and timely intervention, patient stratification
  • Consumer healthcare: patient education; self-monitoring of biometric and health behavior parameters; comorbidities and predictive analytics
  • Consumer healthcare: behavior change and sustainment approaches

BIOMEDICAL ADVANCED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

MedTech Innovator was selected by BARDA to accelerate the development and availability of transformative technologies and approaches to protect Americans from health security threats.  If you know a company that matches the interests below, please encourage them to email barda@medtechinnovator.org and apply at https://www.drive.hhs.gov/partner.html?id=applyNow and reference MedTech Innovator as the source of the application.

SOLVING SEPSIS ENACT

Sepsis is one of the country’s most urgent systemic health threats. Each year, more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. get sepsis. Sepsis kills a quarter-million Americans each year. Sepsis can occur when a trauma or an infection – often caused by a superbug or drug-resistant bacteria in the skin, lungs or kidney (urinary tract) – triggers a chain reaction throughout the body. Without timely recognition and treatment, it can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death. One in three patients who die in a hospital have sepsis. Read more about sepsis.

DRIVe is seeking bold solutions to solve sepsis. These include innovations focused on:

  • Clinical management strategies supported by enhanced education and awareness
  • Rapid diagnostics & prognostics
  • Continuous multi-dimensional patient monitoring
  • Machine learning-based disease management feedback algorithms
  • Optimized therapeutic interventions
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Too often, people do not receive adequate and timely treatment for infectious diseases like influenza. We either do not seek care, or do so many days late, leading to severe illness, and transmission of infectious agents within the household, at the workplace. Early Notification to Act, Control, and Treat (ENACT) will disrupt the traditional clinical care paradigm of healthcare outside of the home (within a physician’s office, urgent care center, or hospital). It will rapidly leverage the power of transformational technologies to empower individuals to be aware of their own health status and to take action.

DRIVe seeks solutions that:

  • Leverage advanced data analytics and algorithms coupled with innovative detection modalities to accurately and quickly diagnose patients who have been exposed to pathogens and prognosticate outcomes
  • Close the gap between diagnosis and treatment by utilizing the power of telemedicine to bring clinical care into the home
  • Empower people, to give them a greater role in their health outcomes. Looking for biological, biometric, behavioral, and physiological technologies and approaches to identify threats and challenges and put in place systems to mitigate the harm.
  • Better ways to detect threats, point-of-use indicators, biological and physiological sensing technologies