startup roundup june 2018

Want to find out what’s new with VentureWell early-stage innovator teams? Read the VentureWell Startup Roundup! Each month, we’ll share announcements, accomplishments, and other good news from teams in our community.

June Highlights:


Sadeed Selected As Finalist For Womentum’s First Cohort
Sadeed, from the 2017 GIST Startup Boot Camp in Jordan, was selected as one of the top three female-led tech startups by Womena. The team was chosen from among 174 applicants for the first cycle of the Womentum Accelerator, kicking off this July.

cerVIA Awarded $200k in Wireless Innovation Project Competition
2016 E-Team, cerVIA, took home the second place prize of $200,000 at the 10th annual Wireless Innovation Project (WIP), a competition to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology for a better world. cerVIA is an affordable, accurate and accessible cervical cancer screening tool that improves screening accuracy through simple imaging and machine learning via an Android device.

Co-Founder of NovoThelium Selected For Prestigious Student Entrepreneur Program
Lauren Cornell, co-founder and CEO of NovoThelium, was selected by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for their 2018 Student Entrepreneur Program. NovoThelium, a 2017 I-Corps team, developed a tissue-engineered nipple for post-mastectomy nipple reconstruction.

Partnerships & Sales

Perception Robotics, OptoForce, and On Robot Announce Merger into OnRobot
2013 I-Corps Team, Perception Robotics, announced a merger with OptoForce and On Robot to become OnRobot, which aims to drive innovation for robotic end-of-arm tooling. Perception Robotics, founded in 2012 and based in Los Angeles, develops bio-inspired robot grippers.

Ground Fluor Licenses Groundbreaking Technology to Fluoropharma Medical Inc
Ground Fluor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (GFP) issued an exclusive option to license of their technology to Fluoropharma Medical Inc. The 2011 I-Corps team developed a neuron imaging agent that may play an important role the diagnosis and assessment of various cancers, as well as some aspects of cardiovascular disease.

Technology Breakthroughs

Sonavex Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for EchoMark & EchoMark LP Tissue Markers
Sonavex, Inc., a 2013 E-Team, recieved 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its EchoMark and EchoMark LP soft tissue markers. The medical device company focused on improving surgical patient outcomes with point-of-care imaging technologies.

Accelerators, Incubators, & Fellowships

BioCellection Co-Founders Receive Echoing Green Fellowship Awards
Miranda (Yu Wen) Wang and Jeanny (Jia Yun) Yao of BioCellection, a 2016 E-Team, have been awarded Echoing Green’s 2018 fellowship for emerging leaders. The team, who is developing a new chemical recycling technology, will be provided with up to $90,000 in seed funding over two years, as well as training, programmatic support, and access to a large network of investors, supporters, and thought leaders.

LymphAxis & Nanochon selected as residents of new JLABS @ NYC facility
2013 E-Team, LymphAxis, and 2016 I-Corps Team, Nanochon, were among the first 26 teams to be selected as residents of JLABS @ NYC, a life science incubator sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation, New York State, and the New York Genome Center. The center can accommodate up to 30 biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and health tech companies.

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