DreamIt Health announces nine startups for its next class

By Aditi Pai
08:30 am

BioBotsPhiladelphia accelerator DreamIt Ventures announced its next class of startups for its health-focused program, DreamIt Health. Independence Blue Cross (IBC) and Penn Medicine are sponsoring the class.

Like its last class, each startup will be provided with up to $50,000 in funding, office space, mentoring, and resources for developing and testing health-related products. The incubator lasts four months, starting in late July. Coaches for the class include seasoned entrepreneurs and health care executives.

DreamIt will host its accelerator at research park University City Science Center, which is also running it's own new accelerator, called Digital Health Accelerator. This accelerator, which announced its first class earlier this week, accepted two startups that previously graduated from DreamIt Health, Biomeme and Fitly.

Here are the nine startups in DreamIt Health's new class: 

BioBots, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are low-cost 3D printers that can print with "photocurable materials". These materials are used to print biological structures. The company explains that researchers can print these 3D structures without the risk of a mutation.

Drop Diagnostics, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is working on developing disease diagnostics "through detection of signature proteins using carbon nanotubes and microfluidics".

FlexiSched, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, helps doctors schedule appointments for patients while factoring in the estimated time that each appointment will take and the level of productivity the the provider needs each day. The software will also predict when patients will skip appointments.

NarrativeDx, based in Austin, Texas, collects information from social media and patient surveys on what patients are saying about their doctors so doctors can understand the context behind patient satisfaction scores. The software not only shows providers why they received these scores, but also how to improve them so that they can increase patient engagement. NarrativeDx will integrate with the care provider's existing survey vendors and will also compare the provider's performance against national rankings.

RegDesk, based in Bear, Delaware, helps medical device and pharma companies find freelancers that have regulatory expertise. The company will crowdsource information from various professionals who could provide regulatory guidance and match these people with companies based on the companies' needs.

Ristcall, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is developing an updated version of the call button that patients use in hospitals. The company believes most call buttons in use at hospitals today are not always convenient. If a patient is having trouble breathing or away from their bed, they can't always get to their call button to contact a nurse for help. The startup's alternative is a WiFi-enabled wearable.

Tissue Analytics, based in Baltimore, Maryland, is developing an app that works with various medical devices to help patients manage their wounds remotely so they don't have to make as many trips to the office. The company plans to help remotely monitor wound healing with image analysis.

TowerView Health, based in Chicago, is developing a system that helps patients who are dealing with more complex, multi-drug regimens manage their medication. The company is developing smart pillboxes that analyze the patient's drug regimen and adherence in an effort to pinpoint those who need more help.

TrueClaim, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is working on a platform that seeks to reduce fraud in health care claim submissions.


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