Finalists Announced In Health Sensor XPRIZE Competition


The XPRIZE Foundation has unveiled 11 finalists in a $1.25 million contest it is holding to bolster innovation in the health sensor field. Teams are competing to develop cheap, accurate, and scalable sensors that bring new capabilities to the digital health marketplace. The $1.25 million purse will be shared among the six highest scoring teams, with the first place team taking $525,000, and the remaining five taking home $120,000.

The Nokia Sensing XPRIZE finalists are:

 Archimej Technologies (Evry, France), is building a cheap, mobile blood analyzer, called the Beta Bioled, that it hopes will help expand access to blood chemistry analysis.

Atoptix (State College, Pa.), has miniaturized an optical spectrometer and is now using it to power chemical analysis tools with real world applications, including hemoglobin and O2 saturation detection, and water purification testing.

Biovotion (Zurich, Switzerland) has created a wearable multi-sensor arm band that captures a continuous stream of vital sign data for remote monitoring of patients with chronic conditions.

DMI (Cambridge, Mass.) has created a handheld device capable of extracting hundreds of lab values from a single drop of blood. It also has the capability to perform continuous measurement of vital signs. The device, called rHEALTH, is also a finalist in the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE

Eigen Lifescience (Stanford, Calif.), a team of engineering faculty and students from Stanford University led by Professor Shan Wang, Ph.D. The team is developing a smartphone-connected clinical lab analyzer.

Endotronix Wireless Health Monitoring (Woodridge, Ill) is developing an implantable pressure sensor that captures pulmonary artery pressure and wirelessly transmits it to a reader. The sensor integrates with chronic disease management software platform designed to support heart failure patients.

eyeMITRA (Cambridge, Mass.), a team affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and led by Ramesh Raskar, Ph.D., developing a mobile phone-based imager for the early detection of diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of adult blindness.

Golden Gopher Magnetic Biosensing Team (Minneapolis, Minn.), a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and several corporate partners are developing a sensing device that will simultaneously detect up to 10 health indicators.

GUES (London, England), a team of electrical engineering faculty and researchers from Imperial College in England. The team is developing technology that detects sleep apnea and hypopnea.

Hemolix (Tampa, Fla.) is developing a smartphone-based technology for early detection of HELLP syndrome, a dangerous pregnancy complication.
SensoDx (Houston, Texas), is building focusing on sensor technology that can assess cardiac risk at a an early stage.

The group of finalists will be judged by a group of digital health experts, but 10 percent of each team’s final score will come from the results of public voting, which is live now. The winners will be announced on November 10. 

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