Philly team wins $2.5 million grand prize at Qualcomm's medical device competition - Philly


Apr. 13, 2017 12:05 pm

Philly team wins $2.5 million grand prize at Qualcomm’s medical device competition

Phil Charron, SVP for Consulting and Talent at Think Company, was part of the Philly-based team that took home the top prize.

Final Frontier Team takes the first prize.

(Courtesy photo)

A Paoli, Pa.-based team of seven working out of a living room just won the top prize at the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE global competition, beating out some big-league, top-dollar competition.

Team Final Frontier Medical Devices, led by Basil Leaf CEO Dr. Basil Harris, was announced as the winner amid cheers last night, following a four-year-long research process.

Put in context the team’s triumph is rather impressive. An initial cohort of over 300 teams from all over the world pitched their devices in 2013. During the following years, a selected crop of only 30 teams — some as large as forty people — got to work on their projects. For the final round of two teams, Final Frontier was faced up against a team of 39 researchers working with backing from Taiwanese consumer electronics company HTC.

Think Company’s Phil Charron was part of the team behind DxtER, the group’s proposed device, which is able to diagnose 34 health conditions using different data streams and an artificial intelligence engine.

“It has been a thrill and an honor to practice my craft with my Xprize team,” Charron told “I met Basil and his siblings when I was 12 years old. They were makers before makers was a thing, and it paid off big time. Our winning advantage was using an evidence-based approach to engineering and design—something that assures success, but is practiced so rarely.”


Regardless of the outcome of the competition, Think Company had been planning an event called Design and the Future of Healthcare: Learn from an IOT Inventor on April 17 to share the story of the development process and the lessons learned from making DxtER. Likely, the event will now get just got a lil more crowded, so you might want to RSVP now.

Organizations: Think Company


Design the commute of the future and win $10,000 in prizes

Strados Labs wins $10,000 from Cisco for respiratory device

Philly high-schooler wins 2nd place at Delaware’s Diamond Challenge



Vistar Media’s tech stack is not for the faint-of-heart

Chesterbrook, PA


EDI Specialist

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA


Data Center Operations Specialist

Apply Now


Product Designer

Apply Now

Calling all high-school hackers: Coded by Kids is hosting its first coding competition

Back the lone Philly startup in the running for the 1776 Challenge Cup

Lia Diagnostics wins first prize at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin



Grow your small business with Salesforce at this Jan. 10 event



Director of Sales

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA - Old City


Agile Project Manager

Apply Now
Conshohocken, Pa


Lead UI Engineer

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!