What if you met your doctor virtually? What if we diagnosed diseases using apps? What if organs for transplantation were grown in a lab instead of donated? What if you could enhance your cognitive performance using just a headset?
While these questions might sounds like science fiction, they will soon be our reality.
Technology plays a vital role in our healthcare system, but what are the latest medical technology ideas? What will the future of healthcare look like? How can technology help with disease prevention and in personalizing medicine?
To explore those exact questions, 300 investors, startups, entrepreneurs and tech innovators came together at this year’s Health.Pioneers event. For a whole day, participants could exchange knowledge, network and learn about cutting edge medical technology advances through talks, workshops, panel discussions and startup pitches. Here are some highlights:
Did you know that it is possible to 3D print blood vessels? Founder and CEO at Prellis Biologics Melanie Matheu discussed how this amazing breakthrough opens the door for tissue and organ 3D printing – a promising technology in times of long life expectancy and an increasing demand to replace worn out body parts.
A popular trend is “the quantified self” or “self-tracking”, which means collecting data on bodily functions for health monitoring and promoting purposes. One recent startup that targets generation Z by aiming at making self-tracking cool is SUPA. Founded by Dr. Sabine Seymore, a former TEDxVienna speaker, SUPA creates a biometric sensor that can be intergraded into specially designed clothing, and thereby enables people to quantify themselves during sports, during everyday activities, at parties etc. The users get compensated for their bodily data, which SUPA collects, anonymizes, and turns into statistical patterns that are sold. But how can privacy and secure handling of all the collected data be ensured? Sabine explained that, similar to other medtech companies, SUPA makes use of the blockchain technology to ensure data safety.
Throughout the day, ten startups had the opportunity to pitch their business idea in front of a jury of investors with the ultimate goal of winning the Health.Pioneers Challenge Award. And the winner was… ThinkSono, a startup that developed a software to diagnose Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). You can hear more about the journey of ThinkSono in Fouad Al-Noor’s TEDxTUBerlin talk below.
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