The 10 hottest medtech startups of 2017


Basil Leaf Technologies

Technology: DxtER mobile health assessment platform

Founders: Basil Harris and George Harris


DxtER (pronounced Dexter) is the 2017 winner of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize, which seeks a device that will allow a user to assess health conditions anywhere and determine if they need further professional help. DxtER, developed by Basil Leaf Technologies under the Final Frontier Medical Devices team name, is a “tricorder” prototype that uses an artificial intelligence–based engine that learns to diagnose medical conditions by integrating learnings from clinical emergency medicine with data analysis from actual patients. It features non-invasive sensors that collect vital signs, body chemistry and biological functions. Algorithms diagnose 34 health conditions, including diabetes, atrial fibrillation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, urinary tract infection, sleep apnea, leukocytosis, pertussis, stroke, tuberculosis and pneumonia.

DxtER is the result of 4 years of development efforts within the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize group. As the winner of the prize, the Final Frontier Medical team will get support from FDA and other regulatory bodies to develop the product and continue with R&D and testing. The initiatives of the prize committee include fast-tracking international retail distribution.


DeviceTalks West: Expertise you need to know

textadimage Medical device suppliers are light years away from the days when they merely filled orders to spec for medtech OEMs – as a visit to the upcoming DeviceTalks West will quickly confirm.

From incorporating steerability into catheters to getting validation and testing done right, the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts in their own right.

Read on to discover five example of medical device expertise to be had at DeviceTalks West, which runs Dec. 11–12 in Orange County, Calif.

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  1. Heather, great insights on the changing needs for medtech start-ups. We were thrilled to see, Madorra, one of our collaborating partners make your top 10. Look forward to following your updates on this incredible startup space.

    • Heather Thompson says:

      They are doing some important work. Thanks, Juan. I’m excited to see the latest crop of startups for 2018 as well.

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