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Tumor on a Chip? It’s One of The Startups Coming to Hartford for MedTech Program

October 21, 2019

Digital Health CT, a new medtech program that invites healthcare-focused startups to downtown Hartford for a three-month growth program, has included in its first round of awards a company developing a tumor-on-a-chip system that grows patients’ cancer cells outside the body and another developing in-home male fertility test.

Hartford HealthCare is among the accelerator’s founding local partners, with Trinity College, UConn’s School of Business and Technology Commercialization Services unit and CTNext. The program was started in April by Startupbootcamp.

Here are the 10 startups selected for the accelerator being built at Constitution Plaza:

CompanionMx: Uses AI algorithms to quantify clinically validated mental health symptoms.

Ellipsis: Uses AI to improve behavioral health through the analysis of natural conversation.

Clearstep: Matches symptom descriptions to the right points of care using the most accurate content available, provides recommendations that encompass price, network status, outcome ratings, and wait times, and makes it easy for patients to choose and schedule the care they need.

Encapsulate: An automated tumor-on-a-chip system that can grow patients’ cancer cells outside the body and test the efficacy of chemotherapeutic drugs against them to advocate for the best course of treatment.

MDI Health: Provides quick and intuitive access to up-to-date information regarding each patient and suggests a personalized medication treatment, while taking into consideration how a medication “cocktail” is going to affect a specific patient.

QR Fertile: Developing a mobile-enabled at-home diagnostic platform as a reproductive health and wellness solution for high-risk and subfertile men in their reproductive age.

BrainCheck: Provides clinicians (neurologists and primary care doctors) with the ability to quickly, easily, and comprehensively assess patients’ brain function and behavioral health comorbidities (e.g. depression, anxiety, addiction), and clinical decision support.

Lineus Medical: Developing medical devices designed to eliminate harm associated with IV lines.

DeepScribe: Uses AI and Natural Language Processing as it listens passively to natural patient conversation and completes  documentation from the physician.

Aiva: Uses voice assistance to increase efficiencies and improve satisfaction for patients and caregivers alike.