Start-Up Previews, November 2013
This Month's Profile Group: Heightened Concussion Awareness Calls For New Detection Tools, features profiles of Cerora, MC10, Oculogica, and Sway Medical. Plus these Start-Ups Across Health Care: Bicycle Therapeutics, Crosstrees Medical, Rescue Therapeutics, and Sensulin.
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Sway Medical LLC hopes to bring an objective and inexpensive tool for the assessment of concussions to the playing field. Its Sway Balance system combines the hardware that is built into every iPhone with Sway’s proprietary software to assess players’ balance – a well-accepted measure for diagnosing concussion and measuring recovery from concussion – from the sidelines.
MC10’s wearable Biostamp, an extremely thin sensing patch akin to an artificial tattoo, has myriad applications in consumer and medical device markets. The start-up’s first product, launched in collaboration with Reebok International, is the CheckLight for detecting potential concussions in athletes who participate in contact sports.