Early December seven ambitious start-ups finished the Medical Solutions Accelerator program successfully. During the pitch and closing event, they presented their medical solution and progress to a jury. This jury selected A-Sense Lab for the most advanced concept, a new photo-electrochemical detection technology for cancer research.
Start-ups pitch innovative solutions
At the end of September seven start-ups started the Medical Solutions Accelerator. During the pitching day that followed, they each presented their innovative idea to a jury of experts in medical product development and investors. The jury assessed the start-ups based on their product or service, action plan and the competences within the team.
A-Sense Lab was named winner of the accelerator thanks to their strong concept, plan and team. This start-up develops a new, pioneering photo-electrochemical detection technology for biomarkers in cancer research. These markers are important for cancer diagnosis, treatment and follow up.
“At the start of this accelerator, we mainly focused on the detection technology. During the workshop we could develop the underlying concept, plan for the future, map stakeholders and their needs. This way we can start building a groundbreaking platform for cancer diagnosis and follow-up based on photo-electrochemical biomarkers. This will make the treatment process faster, easier and less expensive,” Elise Daems, Sara Melis and Simone Bassini from A-Sense Lab, managed by professor Karolien De Wael.
Guidance by medical, R&D and technology
The Medical Solutions Accelerator is an initiative of the city of Antwerpen, UAntwerpen, UZA and Verhaert to stimulate Antwerp entrepreneurship and medical innovation. During six intense workshops and coaching sessions, the teams were structurally guided and challenged to finetune their product or service, and to consider their value proposition, users and potential market. The unique combination of experts in medical innovation, product development and clinical research gave them a new perspective on their challenges and necessary insights to tackle them
“We’ve seen the start-ups grow enormously in the last three months. The pitching day showed that these teams are ready to start looking for investors and roll out their action plan. These disruptive innovations are poised to shake up the medical landscape,” says An-Katrien Huijghebaert, coordinator Medical Solutions Accelerator for Verhaert.
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