Dic 5, 2016

Here are the teams selected for the training week

The jury concluded the evaluation of the 151 candidate projects for the second edition of BioUpper and selected the best ideas, that will have access to the Training Week.

Three projects in the field of biotechnology, eleven in the medical devices sector and five for patient-oriented services will thus access the Training Week, which will be held December 12 to 17 in Milan. Among the selected projects, six are from Lombardy, two each from Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Piemonte and Toscana, one each from Abruzzo, Basilicata, Campania, Liguria and Veneto. Below is the list of the selected projects:

BIOTECHNOLOGY

Beta-Stop
Field: Biotechnology
Region: Toscana

Short description: Beta-Stop is a kit that uses innovative nanosensors for the early diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. In addition, in the future the same system could become an innovative therapy in itself.


BTeam
Field: Biotechnology
Region: Lazio

Short description: BTeam offers bromothymol, a new, powerful antibacterial, developed through a low-cost and environmentally sustainable production process, which has proven to be an effective active ingredient both for personal hygiene and for the disinfection of all surfaces.


Postbiotica
Field: Biotechnology
Region: Lombardia

Short description: Postbiotica develops novel therapies based on bacteria derivatives - obtained through an innovative method of fermentation - to prevent and organically treat a wide spectrum of inflammatory conditions: from allergic reactions to chronic bowel and urogenital tract diseases.


MEDICAL DEVICES

Woundviewer
Field: Medical devices
Region: Piemonte

Short description: Wound Viewer is the first 3D system for the monitoring and automatic evaluation of skin ulcers, affecting 2% of the world population. An artificial intelligence algorithm independently processes the data from the device and returns the objective parameters necessary to support the specialists in their appropriate therapeutic choice. The use of WoundViewer therefore significantly reduces the recovery time and, consequently, the hospitalization time and costs.


Holey
Field: Medical devices
Region: Lazio

Short description: Holey is the first platform that allows healthcare organizations to 3D print orthopedic braces, ensuring a significant reduction in costs compared to the commercial braces, and reducing complications with regard to traditional plaster casts. Patients thus can use customizable devices, which are also anti-allergic and water resistant.


Pre-Op
Field: Medical devices
Region: Lombardia

Short description: Pre-Op guides the surgeon in the preoperative planning and during surgery, helping the specialist - through a 3D model of the patient - to accurately and immediately visualize the target anatomy, thus reducing errors, waste of materials and costs borne by the NHS. This innovative system also supports the specialist in explaining the surgery to the patients themselves and to the training doctors.


HeartWatch
Field: Medical devices
Region: Lombardia

Short description: HeartWatch is an innovative self-screening service - designed for consumers attentive to their lifestyle - which in 2 minutes can detect any silent cardiac and respiratory diseases. The service works through an ordinary video camera (from PC or smartphone) that, framing the user's face, detects any abnormalities in the cardiac and respiratory signal and, if necessary, suggests a specialist examination.


Bioprinter Golgi
Field: Medical devices
Region: Emilia Romagna

Short description: Golgi is the first 3D printer that enables research centers to print three-dimensional biological tissues, to be used in pharmacological and biomedical research and in cosmetics, allowing to customize the in vitro testing phase, and therefore dramatically lower its costs.


Probiomedica
Field: Medical devices
Region: Toscana

Short description: Probiomedica offers an innovative phototherapy for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection, designed for antibiotic-resistant patients, who account for about 25% of the total. The device is an ingestible capsule that, once in the gastric tract, eradicates the bacterium through the emission of light, thus avoiding the side effects of the current antibiotic therapy.


Newrosparks
Field: Medical devices
Region: Emilia Romagna

Short description: Newrosparks is the first system that helps quit smoking by means of a wearable device that increases the ability to control nicotine addiction.


Kyme
Field: Medical devices
Region: Campania

Short description: Kyme applies nanotechnology to medical diagnostics in order to improve the contrast media currently used clinically, allowing an early and more accurate identification of the diseases. Thanks to the increased efficacy of the formulation, it is possible to increase the MRI images contrast, reducing the amount of injectable product and, consequently, its toxicity.


PD-Watch
Field: Medical devices
Region: Basilicata

Short description: PD-Watch provides a continuous and non-invasive monitoring of the tremor caused by Parkinson's disease, allowing the specialist to support the early diagnosis and to better control - remotely - the evolution of the disease.


Alexia
Field: Medical devices
Region: Veneto

Short description: Considering the benefits of the water labor for the woman (reduction of pain, medicalization, complications), Alexia is an innovative system aimed at supporting hospitals in the management of water labor and birth: it ensures both the physiology of childbirth and the management of the obstetric emergency with the highest safety standards.


PATIENT-ORIENTED SERVICES

H-Maps
Field: Patient-oriented services
Region: Liguria

Short description: H-Maps is the first app that helps cancer patients to find their way through the disease by offering clear, precise and validated instructions on the therapeutic journey they are about to make. Infographic maps accompany the users along their entire healthcare path, with descriptions and information about coping in full awareness with the various “stages” of the journey (visits, examinations, treatments) and to also find their bearings within the various hospitals: not to lose their way, even when the road is uphill.


AroundCare
Field: Patient-oriented services
Region: Piemonte

Short description: AroundCare is an innovative digital platform that connects physiotherapists and osteopaths with people seeking home assistance, allowing patients to select the HCP most suitable for their needs. The service stands out because is an interactive system, that supports the patient from the choice of the HCP until the stages following the latter's service.


Kit
Field: Patient-oriented services
Region: Lombardia

Short description: Kit is a service offered by the hospital, which provides the patients with the goods and services necessary for their hospitalization, anticipating their needs. It is an intelligent digital tool that communicates via chat with the patient and that is especially useful in case of emergency or unexpected hospitalization.


Watchme
Field: Patient-oriented services
Region: Lombardia

Short description: Watch-me is a device for the care of children with mental retardation: it allows to support the cognitive rehabilitation of children with neurodevelopmental disorders at their home, actively involving parents.