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Dieticians vs. eye droppers vs. cancer tests vs. flexible fitness at Cincinnati pitch contest

It’s not all simple apps and wellness any more. The four companies presenting in a Cincinnati health innovation competition are second generation healthcare startups. “We had an outstanding field of applicants making it very difficult to narrow the field,” said Sunnie Southern, founder of Innov8 for Health. “The maturity of the companies that we are […]

It’s not all simple apps and wellness any more. The four companies presenting in a Cincinnati health innovation competition are second generation healthcare startups.

“We had an outstanding field of applicants making it very difficult to narrow the field,” said Sunnie Southern, founder of Innov8 for Health. “The maturity of the companies that we are seeing this year is glaring evidence of the strength of the health innovation community.”

Applications for the Cincinnati program came in from as far north as Pittsburgh, south to Yorktown, Va., west to San Francisco, and east all the way to the United Kingdom. First the applications were narrowed to 13 ideas. Then a group of judges picked the final four that will present tonight at the Innov8 for Health Start-Up Showcase at Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The final four include:

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PHRQL: A software platform with the power to improve diet and nutrition across the country. The software helps retail supermarket/pharmacy chains deliver nutrition counseling to their customers, get reimbursed for those services by insurers, and measure the change in consumer shopping behavior. Earlier this year PHRQL won $100,000 from the Sanofi Data Design Diabetes Challenge.

Bullseye Dropper: An eyedropper that requires only one hand to use and delivers a predetermined sized eye drop accurately into the eye. The Bullseye Dropper revolutionizes the eyedropper industry (over-the-counter and pharmaceutical included) representing hundreds of millions of bottles annually by alleviating anxiety with a bracing and positioning system.

Louisville Bioscience, Inc
. (LBIdx™): A proprietary, yet simple Plasma ThermogramTM (pT™) blood test as an earlier indicator of cancer remission, recurrence and response to therapy. Utilizing standard calorimetry equipment, a unique disease signature is generated for over a dozen diseases studied to date as well as stages of diseases, such as cancer.

Tapfit
: A mobile app that allows companies to offer their employees the ability to work out at any location in their network.  Most companies subsidize a gym membership for their employees; the problem is people like doing different things. With this app companies can offer their employees fitness that fits them.

These teams will present to a panel of entrepreneurs, investors and even potential customers in front of a live audience. The event is open to the public. RSVP at Innov8 for health.

Innov8 for Health supports entrepreneurs to create a competitive economic environment through health innovation to improve health, attract and retain top talent, and create jobs. The group helps innovators develop solutions from concept to customer. The group will start accepting submissions for the 2014 Idea Expo in early 2014.

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