Polish medical startups are off to conquer Boston

8 June 2017

The winners of the acceleration programme from Ścieżka Zdrowie were creators of innovative projects which can really contribute to improving the medical industry. Medical Simulation Technologies is the first transo-esophageal echocardiography simulator in the world based on real data from computer tomography. The device is used to educate and train cardiologists and other specialists performing this examination. Only three companies in the world produce similar simulators. However, unlike them, Medical Simulation Technologies is based not on synthetic heart models but on the heart model of an actual patient, and is based on retrospective examination performed using computer tomography.

The other winning startup is SensoriumLab — telemonitoring of patients at risk of pleural effusion, whose early detection is key to treating the disease. Technology developed by SensoriumLab is based on many years of research in the field of biomedical engineering and is the only product of this type in the world.

For the second time, MIT Enterprise Forum Poland succeeded in attracting the best Polish teams. Finalists of Ścieżka Zdrowie are creators of technologies and are real, global-scale experts in their fields. They develop products which respond to the real needs of patients, physicians or even the healthcare system as a whole with the savings they offer. We should also appreciate the fact that both projects are based on the results of long-term scientific research conducted by the startups. Such teams will definitely make us proud in Boston, said Marcin Szczeciński, Capital Investment Manager for the Adamed Group.

The finalists in the remaining categories were: (smart assistant for sales departments which replaces traditional work with CRM systems), InnovaLab (markers for materials which prevent counterfeiting of original products), Nu Delta (instant recognition of invoice information using a phone camera), Predictail (predicting defects in large machinery using Big Data analysis), Vortex Oil Engineering (improving the efficiency of oil extraction from deposits through mechanical change to the properties of service water and reducing its use on the deposit), Waywer (a platform for multimedia communication with customers for corporations).

The objective of MIT Enterprise Forum Poland is to combine the potential of new, creative entrepreneurs with the infrastructure, experience and resources of large corporations to improve their chances of market success. Nearly 300 technological startups from all over Poland entered the 2nd edition of MITEF. From among them, 23 innovative teams were chosen and for three months, these teams improved their ideas, in particular their business aspects, under the supervision of coaches, more than 100 international mentors as well as experts from the largest Polish and foreign enterprises, including the Adamed Group, as a part of four thematic and one general path. At the end of June, the 8 most promising teams will leave for a week-long boot camp in Boston, where they will, among others, have a chance to learn about operating in the American market from the best MIT experts and will endeavour to win investors from the US.

The finalists from MIT Enterprise Forum Poland were announced at the StartSmart conference “Connected Future: Internet of Things & Artificial Intelligence”, which took place on 5 June this year at the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw.