Health Wildcatters, the Southwest’s first healthcare seed-accelerator presented eleven innovative companies at their annual “Pitch Day” yesterday at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas. Each startup participated in the 12 week accelerator program receiving $30k in exchange for 8% common founding stock. During the program, the startups will be paired with appropriate mentors and partners to:
– Validate their business model
– Product development
– Business development
The program ends with a pitchday for investors in Dallas. The graduating class of 2013 has gone on to raise in excess of $5M since last year. The 2014 class of startups spans from pharma and medical devices to software and mobile health apps.
Here is a look at the 2014 Health Wildcatter startup class:
BreathalEyes – BreathalEyes is a mobile app that uses your device’s camera to test intoxication levels accurately via involuntary pupil fluctuations.
Carevature – Carevature has developed a unique platform of micro-drills to advance minimally destructive spinal and orthopedic surgery.
Easy Eye – provides a simple process for consumers to instantly customize reading glasses with the correct strengths for each eye, eliminating the overwhelming selection process.
Fittter – produces a software solution that allows fitness clubs to better engage with clients,allow more personalized training guidance, and reduce operational overhead.
INRFOOD – invented a nutrition platform that alerts, assesses and advises users on the nutrients they consume vs. what they need. The software analyzes the ingredients with an overlay of nutritional facts and aids health professionals with dietary nutrition planning and compliance consulting.
Lantern Pharma – focuses on cancer drug development; one promising compound, LP-184 offers hope to deliver a more effective treatment for advanced multi-drug resistance cancers of the prostate.
Orb Health – automatically syncs health data from the doctor to a patient’s wearable device so that the patient can own it; also, the data is presented in a way that the patient can better understand and act upon it, if appropriate.
Platform Orthopedic Solutions – uses 3D-scanning technologies along with proprietary anatomical modeling software to enable digital manufacturing of superior custom orthotics and orthopedic support devices.
Purewine – has developed a product based on nano-filtration technology called Puravino which removes the noxious headache-causing agents from wine, such as sulfite preservatives and histamines.
Sintact Medical Systems – invented the Sintact Film, which reduces surgical adhesions by forming a film barrier between surfaces in the body.
Silicone Arts Laboratories – manufactures a synthetic skin product to conceal deep scars and wrinkles.