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Innovation Tank

Boston Children’s Hospital is excited to announce the three finalists selected to compete for $30,000 and investment advice from industry leaders in the hospital’s first “Innovation Tank” to be held Friday, Oct. 31, 2014:

Finalists include:

  • CareAline® Products, LLC (Kezia and Mike Fitzgerald):
    Kezia and Mike Fitzgerald are parents who innovated out of necessity and created CareAline® Sleeves and Wraps for their daughter, Saoirse, who was battling neuroblastoma and undergoing chemotherapy at Dana Farber Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. CareAline® Sleeves and Wraps are unique line management systems for PICC and central lines, PEG and G-GJ tubes and various other catheters. The CareAline® Wrap is tubular, keeping lines off of skin and bypassing the need for tape or makeshift devices to hold lines in place.
  • HubScrub (Sarah Goldberg, MD and Ali Ataollahi, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital):
    Hospital-acquired bloodstream infections from central-line catheters are a major—yet preventable—cause of pediatric complications, resulting in significantly higher cost of care and mortality rates. The HubScrub is an innovative cordless device that will effectively automate and standardize sterilization of the external connector of the central line, called the hub, with the potential to greatly diminish this source of life-threatening infections in children and free the caregiver to focus on other time-sensitive tasks and patient care.
  • Kurbo Health (Joanna Strober and Thea Runyan):
    Kurbo Health is a mobile weight loss program designed for kids and teens ages 8 to18. Kurbo offers a fun and engaging mobile app to help young people make healthier eating choices and lose weight. The app is supplemented by weekly personal coaching via phone and text aimed at supporting kids to learn healthy habits for a lifetime. The Kurbo program is licensed from the Lucile Packard Weight Control Program at Stanford University.

A panel of venture capitalists, clinicians/researchers and industry leaders will consider pitches from the three finalists who seek investment for their business or product solution designed to improve pediatric care. Judges will decide how to “invest” $30,000 of funds sponsored by Philips Healthcare and will provide valuable insights to the presenters and audience on accelerating innovations and bringing them to market.

Judging Panel:

  • Daymond John, moderator: Entrepreneur Daymond John, founder of the sportswear brand FUBU, is also an author, consultant, motivational speaker and television personality on ABC’s critically acclaimed reality business show Shark Tank.
  • Leonard Zon, MD, judge: Leonard Zon, MD, is the founder and director of the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and a pioneer in the use of zebrafish as a platform for drug discovery.
  • Bob Davis, judge: Bob Davis is a General Partner at Highland Capital Partners focusing primarily on digital media. He currently represents Highland with ALOHA, Dailybreak, Gemvara, Harry’s, NameMedia, OpenSky, Oyster Books, Handybook and SessionM. Bob previously served on the boards of Bullhorn (acquired by Vista Equity Partners), Fastclick (NASDAQ: FSTC), Going (acquired by AOL), Navic (acquired by MSFT), Pixable (acquired by SingTel), Quattro (acquired by Apple), Quigo (acquired by AOL) and Turbine (acquired by Warner Bros.)
  • Santo Politi, judge: Santo Politi is a Founder and General Partner of Spark Capital. He has led Spark’s investments in eToro, Convert Media, Genie, Orchard, Qriously, Storenvy, Triggit and Zazma.
  • Ivan S. Salgo, MD, MS, judge: Dr. Salgo currently serves as Chief, Cardiovascular Investigations and Philips Research Fellow for Ultrasound Research and Development at Philips Healthcare. He has ten years of experience in academic medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Intraoperative Echocardiography and has conducted NIH-funded research in cardiac mechanics and imaging. Dr. Salgo also has extensive corporate experience in R&D product development, market positioning and strategy, and evidence-based medicine validation, and has successfully led medical device development teams.
  • Halle Tecco, judge: Ms. Tecco is a Founder & Managing Director of Rock Health, the first seed fund devoted exclusively to digital health companies. Tecco recognized the need and potential for startups in the space while working at Apple’s App Store covering the health and medical vertical. With her husband, she is also an angel investor in over 30 technology companies including Misfit Wearables, Quora, and Kaggle.

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