Teams Selected for UW’s Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

Twenty-two teams were selected to compete in this year’s Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, hosted by the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, will showcase innovations across all aspects of health and healthcare. College students from across the Northwest will take their ideas and research out of the classroom and into a competition March 1 for a chance to win up to $15,000 in startup funding. The twenty-two teams (detailed below) selected to compete in this year’s Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, hosted by the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, will showcase innovations across all aspects of health and healthcare.

More than 60 entrepreneurs, investors, and health experts from the region helped screen the applications and choose the finalists from a record pool of 39 entries—including more than 30 from the University of Washington. The UW teams feature 52 graduate students and 27 undergraduate students from six colleges/schools across the Seattle campus. Teams who were not selected to advance received valuable feedback from the panel which could lead to success down the road, if they choose to apply for the UW Business Plan Competition or the Jones + Foster Accelerator.

Best of luck to the 2018 competitors:

4th Phase
4th-Phase has a patented water technology that improves crop yield with a modular turnkey device compatible with existing indoor farm operations.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Business)

A-Alpha Bio
A-Alpha Bio aims to improve clinical trial success rates by helping pharmaceutical companies fully characterize their drug candidates in the pre-clinical stage.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering)

ACBI, Automated Continuous Bladder Irrigation
ACBI addresses a need to relieve the urologic nurses’ monitoring duty of continuous bladder Irrigation treatment to make the treatment less time intensive, expensive and reduce risk of complications for patients.

  • University of Washington (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering)

Anophelseize is an efficient, low-cost capturing device for male mosquitoes of the species Anopheles gambiae to be used for field research in malaria zones.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering, Biochemistry)

Bite Block
Bite Block is an easily securable tool for proceduralists performing oral invasive operations such as endoscopy.

  • University of Washington (Mechanical Engineering)

BWB Hydration
Prevention of unnecessary mortality of children due to diarrheal disease by providing a low-cost, easily accessible diagnostic tool for determining the best treatment options for dehydration in low-resource areas.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering)

With the power of machine learning and human connection, Chatback will bring emotional wellness skills to millions of people and will enhance the quality of emotional support online.

  • University of Washington (Information School)

Chomastat aims to reduce the amount of time and effort needed to maintain cell cultures used in biotechnology with a low-cost closed loop control system that allows users to precisely control culture conditions.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Entrepreneurship, Informatics, Computer Science and Education)

CoreView provides a fundamental improvement in pathology through automating the preparation of a needle biopsy specimen.

  • University of Washington (Business, Information Systems)

DermaDot is a non-invasive, simple topical allergy and skin reaction detection mobile application.

  • University of Washington (Chemical Engineering)

ElectroActive provides an advanced wound care device known as the Electrochemical Scaffold, which accelerates healing in chronic wounds by producing a continuous, localized, low concentration of biocide that inhibits bacterial pathogens and biofilms without the use of topical antibiotics.

  • Washington State University (Engineering and Architecture, Business, Communication)

Epi-N is an application that enables epinephrine users that are at risk to suffer from an allergic episode to receive the help they need to survive an episode.

  • Washington State University (Entrepreneurship, Management Information Systems, Finance)

Fistula Prevention provides way to prevent thermal injury to the esophagus during radiofrequency ablation for patients being treated for atrial fibrillation that leads to decreased risk of left atrial-esophageal fistula.

  • University of Washington (Mechanical Engineering)

The Reusable Fibula Cutting System will aid in the cutting of the fibula bone during reconstructive surgery.

  • University of Washington (Mechanical Engineering)

FreedomFit is a dynamic and shape-changing transvaginal orthotic support (a “pessary”) to treat pelvic organ prolapse—a condition that affects up to 50% of women in their lifetime.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering)

Heart on FHIR
Heart on FHIR is a novel software technology that enables doctor-patient communication and patient data capture and visualization that will empower providers to remotely monitor heart failure patients, reducing the patient’s time spent in the hospital.

  • University of Washington (Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education)

Luna Medical
At Luna Medical, we have devised a novel solution to rectify current deficiencies in treating the scapholunate ligament tear in the wrist that will hold the bones in place better and prevent gapping post-surgery to avoid future re-intervention and improve patient quality of life.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering)

MyGuardian is an affordable, drone-based, on-demand safety escort service.

  • University of Washington (Business)

The Nanodropper is an affordable, universal eye drop adaptor which decreases the volume of the currently oversized drops to reduce cost, waste, and side effects, ultimately increasing access to expensive prescription eye medications.

  • University of Washington (Pharmacology, Bioengineering, Business)

OLA Simple
OLA Simple strives to be the global leader in cost-effective, rapid, point-of-care technology platform for detecting single nucleotide polymorphisms in nucleic acids, with the potential to revolutionize the diagnostics, prognostics, and theranostics for genetic disorders and conditions.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering)

OstomyTech provides an easy 3D stoma mapping system, helping ostomates to care for themselves from the comfort of their own home, allowing more comfort and confidence to be active in their world.

  • University of Washington (Engineering, Business)

FASCIO by Tensure is an assistive surgical device that promotes consistent suture tension in order to mitigate the incidence of incisional hernia.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering)


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