NeuroPlay took first place in the Start-Up-Med competition accompanying the 5th edition of the Congress of Health Challenges. The main goal of the Start-Up-Med competition is to reward start-ups creating the most creative product or process innovations of significant importance for patients and the healthcare system and with significant profitability of implementation, including broadly understood medical technologies.
– This year, a record number of start-ups applied. During the gala accompanying the Online Health Challenges Congress, we selected the winners selected by the competition jury and the Internet users – says Wojciech Kuta, editor-in-chief of the magazine and portal Rynek Zdrowia.
Out of 50 projects, 9 finalists were selected – in two competition categories: Start-up and Medical / Scientific Center.
The first place in the Start-up category was won by NeuroPlay – an innovative device that will help improve the cognitive abilities of the elderly through brain training. In this way, the authors of the solution want to improve the quality of life, health and everyday functioning of the elderly.
The winner in the Medical / Scientific Center category was Narodowy Instytut Onkologii im. Maria Skłodowskiej-Curie in Gliwice, Center for Diagnostics and Treatment of Breast Diseases for the project concerning the development and implementation process of transcriptomic molecular tests. Hfeels won the most votes among the interns – an automated market of medical services for patients and service providers that allows you to use healthcare anywhere and at any time.
The jury of the Start-Up-Med competition consisted of, among others Maciej Banach, director of the Polish Mother’s Memorial Hospital Research Institute in Łódź; Piotr Buszman, vice-director for preclinical research, head of the experimental laboratory at the Research and Development Center, American Heart of Poland; Jacek Graliński, Head of Government & Corporate Affairs at Amgen; Mariusz Gąsior, head of the 3rd Department and Clinical Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Silesian Center for Heart Diseases in Zabrze; Wojciech Glinkowski, Department of Medical Informatics and Telemedicine, Center of Excellence “TeleOrto”, Medical University of Warsaw, Mikołaj Gurdała, Regional Director for Innovation in Northern and Central Europe, EIT Health InnoStars; Adam Jagoda, member of the board, CEO of Medtronic Poland; Michał Kępowicz, director of strategic relations at Philips Healthcare; Ligia Kornowska, managing director of the Polish Federation of Hospitals; Barbara Misiewicz-Jagielak, director of external relations at the Polpharma Group; Aleksandra Mościcka-Studzińska, deputy director of the NCBiR Coordinators Department; Zbigniew Nawrat, creative director of the Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development in Zabrze; Grzegorz Rychwalski, vice-president of the Polish Association of Pharma Industry Employers; Radosław Sierpiński, acting the president, the Medical Research Agency; Marcin Szczeciński, Investment Manager, Adamed Pharma.
The organizer of the Start-Up-Med Competition and the Congress of Health Challenges is the PTWP Group together with the editors of the Rynek Zdrowia magazine and the Rynekzdrowia.pl portal.