The 10 hottest medtech startups of 2017


Green Sun Medical

Technology: Spinal brace for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

CEO: Jamie Haggard


Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis affects up to 3% of the population. For decades, the only treatment has been a rigid plastic brace meant to prevent the progression of the curve, not to correct it. Green Sun Medical is developing a tech-enabled spinal brace that applies reduction forces dynamically, both allowing the patient to move and generate the constant corrective forces necessary to reverse deformity. This is accomplished through tissue remodeling the same way orthodontic braces work on teeth. The Green Sun Medical iPad application will give physicians real-time feedback of the pressure placed on a patient, while also gathering long-term outcome information. Green Sun was the 2016 winner of the MedTech Innovator awards.


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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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