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Healthbox announces 10 teams accepted into its second Cambridge accelerator cohort

Posted by Scott Kirsner  April 2, 2013 06:00 AM

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The second class of the Healthbox accelerator program in Kendall Square gets underway this week. Geared to entrepreneurs developing new software, services and devices for the healthcare industry, the local offshoot of the Chicago-based accelerator has Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as its major backer. Entrepreneurs who participate cough up seven percent of their company's equity to Healthbox, in return for free office space, mentorship, and $50,000 in seed funding.

The program, which operates in Cambridge, London, and Chicago, has expanded from 14 weeks to 16 weeks, and now opens with an introductory two-week bootcamp, focused on immersing teams in the realities of the healthcare industry and helping them hone their value propositions. (I wrote about the inaugural Healthbox cycle in Boston last August.)

These are the ten teams; descriptions were supplied by Healthbox:

3Derm Systems offers a low-cost skin monitoring solution allowing patients to take two-and three-dimensional images of concerning lesions at home before being digitally reviewed by a dermatologists.

Caring in Place is a platform that allows users to coordinate care of an individual among family and friends while also discovering and utilizing local services.

Casagem provides a tablet-based data collection and data-processing tools for the homecare industry. These tools will allow underutilized homecare nurses and support workers to complete mandatory on-site homecare forms via tablet, thus improving the precision of data collection and optimizing provider involvement.

Cellanyx is developing a biomarker-based diagnostic urine test to determine oncogenic and metastatic potential for prostate tumors.

Epion delivers a cloud-based, device-agnostic tablet solution that transforms the expensive and inefficient paper-based intake and discharge processes to a far less expensive, more accurate mobile digital solution.

Hospitalytics is an analytical software to improve operating room (OR) efficiency by predicting booking trends and enabling OR managers to delegate surgery appointments and staffing accordingly.

LeanWagon provides a wellness coaching program that includes interactive on-line workshops offered to the employees of participating companies.

MyProxy is developing a web-based platform that enables patients to create, update, and share healthcare proxies and advance directives for end-of-life care.

∑ Sensing Strip is a device that integrates thin film sensing electronics with kinesiology tape. This "electronic sensing tape" can be placed anywhere on the patientís body, where it will sense and wirelessly transmit real-time ambulatory, cardiac, respiratory, or a variety of other data to a smart phone or tablet.

Theravid is a customizable web-application geared towards improving physical therapy adherence in the home.

Only three of the teams come from outside of Massachusetts: Casagem (Toronto), Epion (New Jersey), and Caring in Place (Colorado).

The teams will present to investors and community members at a demo day in June; the exact date hasn't been set yet. Last time around, the company that attracted the most audience votes for its "creative solution" received an additional $25,000 award.

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