David Lindsay is studying to get his Ph.D. and M.D. as part of a rigorous, seven-year program at Penn.
He’s also one of the startup founders in the newest cohort of DreamIt Health, a health IT-focused accelerator that exchanges mentorship and $50,000 investment for 8 percent equity.
Its partners include Independence Blue Cross, Penn Medicine and DreamIt Ventures. It’s one of the flagship programs aiming to make Philly a hub for health IT.
Lindsay, 25, is the cofounder of Oncora Medical, a startup that provides analytics for radiation oncology. Penn has historically had a strong showing at DreamIt Health. Last year’s cohort featured undergrad startups Drop Diagnostics, which has since left Philly, and BioBots (which, sidebar, just got featured in Fortune in a piece by former Technical.ly Baltimore reporter Andrew Zaleski).
This year, at least two companies in DreamIt Health were founded by Penn students: Oncora and GraphWear Technologies, cofounded by master’s students Rajatesh Gudibande and Saurabh Radhakrishnan, who both worked with Penn spinout Graphene Frontiers.
This cohort also features two companies from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as part of DreamIt’s OpenCanvas program that partners with corporations and research organizations to find spinout companies.
Find a full list of the companies below, with descriptions supplied by DreamIt.
- CareCierge (Philadelphia, Pa.) — Concierge services for those who find themselves taking care of an ill or aging loved one.
- dBaza Health (Pittsburgh, Pa.) — Clinically validated patient onboarding platform for managing chronic diseases like diabetes.
- GraphWear Technologies (Philadelphia, Pa.) — Low-cost graphene-enhanced flexible sensors measuring blood sugar, dehydration, and fat burning.
- Gray Matter Technologies (Austin, Texas) — Impact-sensing sports mouthguard that identifies athletes at risk of concussion.
- Neutun Labs (Toronto, Canada) — Tracking software for epileptics utilizing sensors in smart watches and other wearables.
- Oncora Medical (Philadelphia, Pa.) — Analytics software for radiation oncologists to compare patients against past cases.
- Pallas Medical (Boulder, Colo.) — Mobile, easy-to-use device to cool scalp during chemo and prevent hair loss.
- VisExcell (New York, N.Y.) — Better computer-aided detection in mammograms and other imaging modalities through big data and advanced machine learning algorithms.
- Simulated Driving Assessment (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) — Assessing and improving driving skills for employees driving fleet vehicles.
- Intelligent Molecular Cancer Analytics (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) — Integrating DNA and RNA tumor profiling to better match therapies.