Check Out the Next Cohort of Health Wildcatters Innovators

Healthcare accelerator Health Wildcatters announced eight new start-ups for its fall cohort, including companies that make reusable modular catheters and a product that address the social-emotional health for kids. “We have an interesting variety of startups in this year’s cohort,” said Health Wildcatters CEO, Dr. Hubert Zajicek, via release. “In previous years we’ve seen trends where more medical devices or health IT would participate. This year we have diagnostics, medical devices, telehealth and digital health companies participating, and the founders are extremely diverse in age and background as well.” Health Wildcatters has raised $70 million over the last six years… Full Story

How to Build Women-Led Healthcare Businesses

When women lead companies, they outperform others without any female leadership, but only two percent of venture capital goes to women CEOs and just 13 percent goes to a company with one woman on the senior leadership team. But women make 85 percent of consumer purchases and 80 percent of health decisions, so why isn’t there more investment in women-led businesses in the healthcare field? True Wealth Ventures partner Kerry Rupp cited the statistics above in an effort to answer the question while sitting on a “Health by Women for Women” panel at Dallas Startup Week, hosted by Health Wildcatters.… Full Story

North Texas Healthcare Innovation: Fighting Fungus, Sharing Data, Virtual Reality, and Radio Therapy

The North Texas healthcare market is constantly changing and innovating, bringing original ideas, techniques, and technology to patients in the region. We decided to check in with a startup, a nonprofit, a provider and an academic institution who are on the leading edge of healthcare innovation, and they told us about the latest procedures, techniques, software, and technology making a difference for patients. Fighting Fungal Infections At Healthcare accelerator Health Wildcatters, startup MycoDART is hoping to save lives with a test that can better diagnose fungal infections. When patients are in the hospitals and their immune system is suppressed, they… Full Story

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