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Start-Up Previews, July-August 2013

Executive Summary

This Month's Profile Groups: Ocular Gene Therapy Sees The Light, features profiles of Avalanche Biotechnologies, Eyevensys, GenSight Biologics, and Hemera Biosciences; Smart Orthopedic Implants, feature profiles of OrthoData and Ortho-tag. Plus these Start-Ups Across Health Care: Colibri Heart Valve, Complix, Helmedix, Mapi Pharma, Mendor, Oligomerix, QuantuMDx, Silicon BioDevices, and Vigilant Biosciences.

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Silicon BioDevices Inc.

Silicon BioDevices Inc. is looking to save critical time in heart attack diagnosis as well as billions of dollars in health care costs with the first lab-quality, reader-free, POC device for high-sensitivity measurement of cardiac troponin, a key marker of cardiac damage. Using one drop of whole blood, the company's self-contained blood test provides results within 15 minutes to determine whether or not a patient has experienced a heart attack.

Vigilant Biosciences Inc.

Vigilant Biosciences Inc.’s screening kit for diagnosing early-stage oral cancer comprises a test strip to detect oral cancer biomarkers, and an oral gargle-and-spit rinse. The screening is designed to occur annually at dental check-ups and it can be administered by a hygienist.

Mendor Ltd.

Mendor Ltd. says it’s unique in the diabetes space because it has integrated its diagnostic blood glucose meter Discreet with a software application for tailoring patient pharmaceutical treatment. Using the device, which contains a built-in lancing pen and cartridge within a cell-phone-sized plastic cover, diabetics can take their glucose readings in less than 20 seconds, even on the run.

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