– Meet the 2015 HITLAB World Cup Winners –
New York – Following months of anticipation among healthcare innovators and a final round of competition, the HITLAB World Cup Grand Prize Winner has been crowned: Ceeable, developer of the Ceeable Visual Field Analyzer (CVFA), was awarded $10,000 and the distinction “Best Health Tech Innovation of 2015.”
CVFA is a visual field test that can detect, classify, and monitor degenerative eye disease using only a tablet.
“I’m honored and grateful to win this award,” said Christopher Adams, Ceeable’s CEO and cofounder. “Our overarching goal is the prevention and elimination of blindness. We’re very committed to this, and we’re rolling out the technology across the globe as we speak. Winning the HITLAB World Cup will help us refine the software product and travel to sign up more clinicians.”
Nishita Rai, PhD, Executive Director at HITLAB, said the HITLAB World Cup is always a thrilling finale to the HITLAB Innovators Summit: a two-day event packed with talks and presentations on new health technologies. “We congratulate Ceeable and all the contenders, each of whom showed passion, ingenuity, and dedication to improving health. Now we look forward to facilitating accelerated growth of these projects and others, as collaborating is a big part of what the HITLAB Innovators Summit is all about.”
Adams agreed, “The Summit is about digital health, and our company is about mobile digital health, so I feel as if I’ve integrated myself with a broader community of like-minded individuals who focus on digital health. And now my network is expanded significantly. This is a wonderful experience.”
Judges David S. Memel, MD, MS, MBA, Vice President, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Glen de Vries, President, Medidata Solutions, Inc.; Niloo Sobhani-Steele, Corporate Director of Analytics, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Richard Adanu, MBCHB, MPH, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Ghana; Kat Jong, Launch Manager, Medstartr; Laura Pugliese, MPH, Research Manager, HITLAB; and Stan Kachnowski, MPA, Chair, HITLAB, scored entries in four areas: potential impact on health, degree of innovation, business sustainability, and market feasibility.
In addition to its Grand Prize, the 2015 HITLAB World Cup awarded the following:
Second-place winner ($5,000 prize): Rubitection, http://www.rubitection.com
Third-place winner ($3,000 prize): Noninvasix, http://www.noninvasix.com
Homeward Healthcare: http://www.homewardhc.com
“I am excited and exhilarated to have placed in the HITLAB World Cup, happy for the opportunity to expose this technology to the healthcare community in New York and to the HITLAB community around the world,” said Sanna Gaspard, PhD, CEO and founder of Rubitection Inc. “I’m looking forward to finishing our clinical research, technology development, and raising the funds we need to bring this much-needed product forward to the US and global markets.”
“We were honored to be invited to present our technology in such a competitive event,” said Graham Randall, PhD, MBA, CEO of Noninvasix. “We applied to the HITLAB World Cup in order to expand our network of supporters and collaborators beyond Texas. We already made several great connections at the HITLAB Innovators Summit, and we're looking forward to working more closely with HITLAB in the future.”
Ceeable, Rubitection, and Noninvasix represent the best and brightest in a crowded field; 192 teams began applications in this global contest, representing 14 countries: Cameroon, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sweden, Uganda, United States, and Zimbabwe. After submitting technologies and business plans, 67 teams advanced. Five finalists were ultimately chosen to present during the final session of the HITLAB Innovators Summit held in Columbia University’s Alfred Lerner Hall on December 4, 2015.
The HITLAB World Cup finals are held annually in conjunction with the HITLAB Innovators Summit. The next Summit will take place November 29 - December 1, 2016, again at Columbia University. In addition, satellite events and competitions occur throughout the world, providing innovators and entrepreneurs with several opportunities to submit their innovations for competition and gather with professionals from all health sectors to form new collaborations.