Healthbox Kicks Off Second Boston Accelerator Program

April 8, 2013

1:00 pm

Boston-based Healthbox, a leading business accelerator that supports early-stage health care companies, kicked off its second program recently, along with anchor partner Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA). The program supports innovative startup companies as they respond to continued industry demand for creative solutions to pervasive healthcare challenges.

“Blue Cross is committed to bringing innovation to the state’s health care industry,” said Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO of BCBSMA.  “It is encouraging that we continue to see an uptick in startups and entrepreneurs who are developing innovative technology solutions to improve the healthcare industry while boosting our local economy.”

To better support early-stage companies in gaining traction in the complex healthcare industry, Healthbox is now operating a 16-week program, adding two weeks to both the beginning and end of the accelerator. The ten Boston 2013 companies have already completed a two-week, intensive boot camp designed to help them increase their industry knowledge, improve value propositions and refine business models.

“The boot camp helps our companies think carefully about how to both approach the overall accelerator experience, refining their value proposition to the marketplace,” says Nina Nashif, founder and CEO of Healthbox. “This is an exceptional class of entrepreneurs that truly span the diverse challenges facing the industry, from wellness and prevention through end-of-life wishes. We’re excited to see their continued transformation throughout the remaining 14 weeks.”

The ten companies selected for the next Boston program include:

  • 3Derm Systems, offers a low-cost skin monitoring solution allowing patients to take two-and three-dimensional images of concerning lesions at home before being digitally reviewed by a dermatologist.
  • Caring in Place is a technology platform to help family caregivers care for their aging loved ones. Through intelligent checklists, family caregivers receive education, drive care coordination, and can purchase integrated products and services.
  • Casagem provides a tablet-based data collection and data-processing tools for the homecare industry. These tools will allow underutilized homecare nurses and support workers to complete mandatory on-site homecare forms via tablet, thus improving the precision of data collection and optimizing provider involvement.
  • Cellanyx is developing a live-cell biomarker-based diagnostic test to determine oncogenic and metastatic potential for prostate tumors.
  • Epion Health delivers a cloud-based, device-agnostic tablet solution that transforms the expensive and inefficient paper-based intake and discharge processes to a far less expensive, more accurate mobile digital solution.
  • Hospitalytics is developing analytical software to improve operating room (OR) efficiency by using surgical booking trends to predict future caseloads, enabling OR managers to make proactive decisions regarding case and staffing assignments.
  • Lean Wagon provides online group health coaching for employees, with a focus on weight loss and building healthy habits.
  • MyProxy is developing a web-based platform that enables patients to create, update, and share healthcare proxies and advance directives for end-of-life care.
  • Sensing Strip is a device that integrates thin film sensing electronics with kinesiology tape. This “electronic sensing tape” can be placed anywhere on the patient’s body, where it will sense and wirelessly transmit real-time ambulatory, cardiac, respiratory, or a variety of other data to a smart phone or tablet.
  • TheraVid is developing a customizable web-application geared towards improving physical therapy adherence in the home.

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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