Twelve startups move to incubator phase of diabetes innovation challenge
Entrepreneurs continue to refine solutions for diabetes care management
MATTER, the premier healthcare incubator and innovation hub, and Cigna, a global health service company, selected twelve semifinalists to advance to the incubator phase of the 2021 Cigna Innovation Challenge.
Through robust programming, innovator collaboration and pilot opportunities, the challenge seeks to empower more people living with diabetes to reach their optimal health through supported lifestyle choices and navigation of external influences.
The following semifinalists will participate in the incubator phase of the challenge, which includes collaboration with key stakeholders at Cigna, a robust curriculum developed by MATTER and mentorship connections.
Meet the semifinalists
Diabetes Solutions UAB — Vilnius, Lithuania
Created by qualified nutritionists and fitness professionals, Diabetes Solutions UAB’s personalized diabetes tracker and management app helps people living with diabetes improve their physical health, lose weight and track their diabetes. The app provides meal plans, counts carbs and shares healthy recipes to easily manage and monitor their weight and glucose levels.
Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) Diabetes Wellness Center — Manchester, Connecticut
ECHN’s diabetes services are comprised of community resources for the diagnosis, education and treatment of diabetes. ECHN offers three distinct care programs for people living with diabetes: an educational self-management program, one focused on early detection and another for gestational diabetes. Each program is designed to provide medical care and support to manage the disease and improve quality of life.
Eyenuk, Inc. — Los Angeles, California
Eyenuk’s EyeArt® AI Eye Screening System is the first FDA cleared AI technology for autonomous detection of both more-than-mild and vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy (DR). EyeArt makes in-clinic, real-time DR screening possible for primary care practices, diabetes centers and optometric offices through quick and accurate identification of referable DR patients during regular exams.
Glucose Vision Inc. — Toronto, Ontario
Glucose Vision is a team of three fourth-year biomedical, electrical and mechanical engineering students whose goal is to create an app for people living with diabetes that analyzes their meals to return accurate carb counts and offer portion size adjustments to reduce their blood sugar fluctuations. This will ultimately help people know the appropriate amount of insulin they need to take and improve their quality of life.
GlucosePATH — Celebration, Florida
GlucosePATH was developed based on a common interest between a physician and a computer scientist to help patients find affordable and effective treatments for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Through this process, they have leveraged the powerful computational tools from the travel and finance industries to help clinicians and patients sort through the thousands of treatment pathways for individualized solutions.
Neap — Cornwall, United Kingdom
Neap is a mindful diabetes management platform that uses psychologist-approved techniques to help with diabetes-related stress. Through guided meditation, people living with diabetes can reduce stress associated with diabetes and feel more in control of their lives. Neap is also a thriving peer-to-peer support community, providing connections to other people living with diabetes.
Pack Health — Birmingham, Alabama
Pack Health is an evidence-based patient engagement platform that changes health behaviors to close gaps in care and improve outcomes like addressing chronic conditions, comorbidities and social determinants. It’s the proven patient engagement solution that provides member-first care, reduces costs and is designed to scale.
Perception Health — Franklin, Tennessee
Perception Health improves patient lives and healthcare delivery by providing data insights that uncover patterns in care teams, care delivery and care outcomes. With precise data assets, unique cloud-based solutions and healthcare experts, Perception Health empowers healthcare providers, partners and self-insured employers to deliver healthier communities at lower total costs.
SNAQ — Zurich, Switzerland
SNAQ helps people living with diabetes take the guesswork out of mealtime decisions. The award-winning app helps count the carbs, protein and fat content of meals by snapping a photo and supports learning how to keep glucose levels in target range after meals. SNAQ connects to popular glucose sensors and diabetes apps like Dexcom, Abbott, Medtronic, mySugr, Sugarmate, Tidepool and more.
Tiatros Inc. — San Francisco, California
Tiatros provides the tools that corporate HR and benefit groups need to actively manage the overall mental health, productivity and psychological resilience of their workforces. Their scientifically proven programs can be tailored to the specific needs of an organization’s workforce and delivered to any personal device through their easy-to-use, HIPAA-compliant platform.
Upfront’s Care Traffic Control platform uses advanced analytics and personalized messaging to proactively direct patients to the safest and most relevant care options within the health system. Optimizing healthcare operations and the patient experience, more patients will book and complete necessary care, use the most appropriate site of care, enroll in care coordination services, successfully navigate a care journey or transition and understand how to stay safe in unusual conditions.
Viora Health — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Viora Health’s HIPAA-compliant solution leverages data, behavioral science and community-based resources to proactively address health inequities perpetuated by social and behavioral determinants before they result in disease progression and episodic costs. Their solution improves the patient experience and access to care while reducing episodic costs of care for health plans and integrated health systems.
Each semifinalist will pitch their solution on October 21 for the chance to advance to the final accelerator phase of the competition.
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