See What’s Next in Healthcare Innovation at Health Wildcatters Pitch Day This Week

The North Texas healthcare innovation marketplace is a growing one, and Health Wildcatters is helping lead the charge. The healthcare accelerator was recently ranked as one of Seed Accelerator’s top companies for the third year in a row. Health Wildcatters pitch day for their fall cohort will take place this Thursday at the Majestic Theater. The pitch day costs $10 and will include pitches from six up-and-coming innovators and keynote address by Dr. David Albert, the founder and chief medical officer at AliveCor, a medical device and artificial intelligence company whose devices measures the electrical activity of the heart via mobile… Full Story

Health Wildcatters Ranked as a Top Accelerator for the Third Year in a Row

Dallas is home to one of the top accelerators in the country, as Health Wildcatters has been highly ranked by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project for the third year in a row. SARP is a study conducted by MIT, the University of Richmond, and Rice University, and is meant to promote further discussion about the impacts and prospects of the accelerator world. The rankings help clarify which programs are performing in regards to funding, valuations, alumni feedback, and survival rates, providing valuable information to entrepreneurs trying to decide where to take their ideas. Health Wildcatters accelerator program focuses exclusively on healthcare entrepreneurs.… Full Story

Health Wildcatters Releases Its Fall 2018 Cohort, Announces Plans for A Spring Program

Six companies have kicked things off at Health Wildcatters as a part of the accelerator’s fall 2018 class. It’s a little smaller group, as Health Wildcatters—which took on nine companies in fall 2017—pilots a new way of doing things that will include two smaller classes each year. The first spring program will start up in spring 2019. “We’ve considered it for many years and now due to increasing demand we’ve decided to pilot running two programs a year favoring smaller class sizes in order to provide greater access and coaching to the teams,” Health Wildcatters CEO Dr. Hubert Zajicek said… Full Story

Health Wildcatters Grad Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Health Wildcatters graduate VenoStent will line its pockets a bit to continue developing an external wrap to help reduce dialysis access site failures by reinforcing the veins. The company has been awarded a National Science Foundation Small Business Technology Transfer grant. The $224,500 award will go toward research and development work on—I’ll quote from the news release here—“the biomechanics and hemodynamic effects that an external stent can have on venous access site geometries.” VenoStent is the product of two recent Vanderbilt University graduate program alums, Tim Boire (CEO) and Geoffrey Lucks (CFO). The company was a graduate of the 2017… Full Story

Startup With Platform To Take Retinal Video Wins Health Wildcatters Pitch Competition

The 2018 Healthcare Dealmakers Conference took place this week at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, and a healthcare startup went home a little richer. Insight Optics, which has a technology that allows primary care providers to take retinal videos to send off to eye-care specialists, won the Health Wildcatters pitch competition, as Dallas Innovates reports. Eleven startups were in the running. As the winner, Insight Optics takes home $14,000 in cash and in-kind services. Read more on the three-year-old startup, which is “co-located” in Dallas and Atlanta, at Dallas Innovates.

With Acquisition by Nike, Health Wildcatters Has Its Second Exit

Dallas’ health startup community earned a win this week, as accelerator Health Wildcatters announced yesterday that it has achieved a second exit. A company that went through the program in 2014 was acquired by Nike. The company, Invertex Ltd., uses computer vision to create 3D scans of feet. (TechCrunch has an explainer on computer vision if you’re interested in how it works). It is based in Tel Aviv, Israel, and will help Nike “deepen our digital talent and further our capabilities in computer vision and artificial intelligence as we create the most compelling Nike consumer experience at every touch point,” Nike… Full Story

Here’s the Schedule of Healthcare-related Events during Dallas Startup Week

Dallas Startup Week started today, and nestled within this very packed slate are several items related to healthcare. The Dallas-based healthcare startup accelerator Health Wildcatters organized the track, and they’ve also assembled the graphic you see down there on the right. I’ve pulled out the events below, with panelists and links to full event descriptions included: Monday, April 2 (events are at BCBS’ Factory Six03): 3 p.m.: Hospital Innovation: The Future of Healthcare Panelists: Matthew Chambers, Chief Innovation Officer, Baylor Scott & White Health; Suresh Gunasekaran, VP and Chief of Operations, UT Southwestern Health System; Dr. Julie Hall-Barrow, VP of… Full Story

The Healthcare Arenas That Will Command Investor Attention in 2018

On Tuesday, Health Wildcatters CEO Hubert Zajicek offered his 10 hot healthcare innovation areas for 2018. These are areas, he says, that will see investment in the coming year. One thing to notice about the list—and that Zajicek himself mentioned during the presentation, which he delivered at HW’s monthly Pulse breakfast—is that several of the 10 are actually a couple of bullet points wrapped into one. Ten proved too narrow a number. That is to say that there’s a whole lot of opportunity for innovation in healthcare right now. Zajicek’s list features spaces you might expect: things like health insurance… Full Story