MATTER Welcomes 20 More Healthcare Tech Startups Into The Community

December 9, 2015

MATTER is pleased to recognize 20 healthcare technology companies who have recently joined the community. The new members are:

American BioOptics is developing a method for population-wide colon cancer screening via a minimally invasive test performed during a patient’s annual physical exam. With early detection of colon cancer precursors, the company aims to streamline efficiency of care, reduce cost, and save lives by means of colon cancer prevention.

CareCentra is a healthcare analytics and behavior design company that’s changing and activating health behaviors in patients, employees, and health care professionals. The company’s core technology platform, coordinated multi-modal engagement and outreach tools, and online and mobile solutions, offer a range of capabilities that support clients’ health activation management goals to create immersive wellness experiences that ensure a healthier, engaged, and activated population.

Consilink provides technology-enabled solutions to improve population health across the continuum of care. The company’s platform combines analytics, online tools, and provider support to enable care coordination among disparate providers.

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer‘s mission is to end children’s cancer by driving targeted and innovative research with measurable results in an accelerated timeframe. The organization is addressing the largest challenges currently facing the field, to ensure the best research turns into cures uniquely developed for children.

EP Solutions has developed and is bringing to market a novel ablation technology that will revolutionize the treatment of atrial fibrillation, a common irregular heart rhythm with serious complications.

ExplORrer Surgical has created ExplORer, a surgical workflow management app, to help operating room (OR) teams coordinate their tasks and tools during a surgical procedure. With ExplORer, surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists – the core members of an OR team – are able to follow the steps of the case as it progresses in real-time, while being informed of the correct tools, equipment, and tasks needed for each of those steps.

Helix Analytix is a cloud based software-as-a-solution (SaaS) that enables advanced, machine learning-based, downstream analysis of public and private genomic data sets through interactive visualizations to aid biomarker discovery and patient stratification in the quest for personalized medicine.

KloudScript provides a turnkey specialty pharmacy solution to independent community pharmacies enabling essential interactions between pharmacies, patients, prescribers, payors, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. KloudScript’s performance network of pharmacies offer patients an alternative to today’s impersonal, mail-order specialty pharmacy care experience. The company allows patients to receive high-touch specialty care from someone they know and trust: their local pharmacist.

Luto are experts in producing clear communications through good information design. The company writes and designs great digital and print communications and then tests them with real people to make sure the information meets their needs. Solutions include package inserts, instructions for use, risk evaluation and mitigation strategies communications, clinical trials information, educational and marketing materials, websites, apps, and videos. The company also specializes in providing full human factors usability and readability testing services throughout the US and Europe to support regulatory submissions.

Markit Medical makes healthcare shopping easy for patients. The company allows referring doctors to show their patients in-network specialist options complete with out-of-pocket price estimates, quality data, and an easy scheduling process – all before the patient leaves the office.

NowPow is a knowledge utility company that powers up underserved communities by providing people the vital information they need to stay well and live long. Integrating with all major EHR systems, the company produces customized community resource e-prescriptions that extend, complement and complete care plans given to the patient by providers. The personalized e-prescriptions are generated by applying a rigorous matching methodology to NowPow’s extensive inventory of community services and an individual’s personal health and social conditions.

Objective Arts’ healthcare analytics platform provides the backbone of a payor or provider’s shift to a pay-for-performance environment. The company gives organizations the tools to reduce uncertainty and make better decisions throughout a network, thus maximizing the ability to compete or manage in value-based payment models. Most importantly, Objective Arts provides high-speed data tools that minimize the response to both patient and financial risk.

OpenMarkets is a technology company reinventing the healthcare equipment marketplace with an emphasis on data, collaboration, and simplicity. Fueled by 250 provider clients and active supplier partnerships, OpenMarkets is changing what’s possible for buyers and sellers.

Redox is the modern API for healthcare. The company allows best-in-class software to easily and securely interoperate with EHRs by connecting to existing health system infrastructure. Software applications connect to Redox once and integrate with any health system they sell to through standardized data models. Founded in 2014 by former Epic engineers, Redox is the leading healthcare integration platform with an ecosystem of over 120 enterprise applications.

Rhythm Therapeutics’ technology is expected to significantly improve upon the current low success rate of current ablation strategies in treating atrial fibrillation (AF). The company is pursuing a proprietary utilization of gene therapy to target key mechanisms causing AF. This gene therapy will be delivered to the heart via a minimally invasive, IP-protected approach.

simMachines provides auditable machine learning prediction services both on premise and in the cloud. The company’s technology enables users to extract the highest amount of value from their data. simMachines has created a set of techniques that raise the bar in scalability, precision, and ease of use.

StatPayMD makes it easy for medical practices to improve patient payments at the time of service with a consumer focused patient experience. StatPayMD allows medical practices to easily estimate the full “out of pocket cost” for patients and use convenient payment options to collect the balance due before the visit or at the time of service, significantly reducing accounts receivable and bad debt while improving patient experience.

Stella Maris Tens of millions of people worldwide are affected by mitochondrial damage diseases (MDDs) including ME/chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease. The nutritional needs of these patients are not being met with current treatment. Stella Maris has patent pending GRAS (generally regarded as safe) medical food formulations based on clinical data aimed at managing the nutritional needs of MDD patients.

SymGym is addressing adult obesity with the introduction of SymGym, a revolutionary exercise device and video game controller that provides resistance-based exercise while you play video games.

TAFi liberates massive health data sets and delivers real-time aggregated information from multiple sources with their UI and UX. Portability, aggregation, and leveraging the massive and increasing accumulation of patient information within electronic medical records are the greatest challenges provider organizations face as they shift toward becoming data-driven operations. Leveraging best-in-class technology, TAFi’s platform moves and transforms bits to pentabytes of data and provides an intelligent UI/UX that’s supported on all desktop and mobile platforms.

MATTER continues to evaluate applications on a rolling basis. Interested entrepreneurs should visit Membership rates start at $150 per month and include access to MATTER’s mentor network, classes, and events designed to help entrepreneurs and innovators accelerate the growth of their companies.

Launched in February of 2015, MATTER is a community of entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry leaders working together to harness technology to improve health and healthcare. MATTER connects and promotes collaboration between entrepreneurs, scientists, physicians, investors, and industry partners in order to bring next-generation products and services to market that improve quality of care and save lives.

Check out all of MATTER’s announced member companies here.


‘Print your own body part’ and the future of 3D printing in medicine

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By Meg Graham, Chicago Blue SkyOctober 13, 2015

Photo Caption: “Print Your Own Body Part” Phil Velasquez, Kristen Norman / Blue Sky

When Vismed-3D CEO Dima Elissa talks 3D printing, she’s usually thinking bigger picture than a printed phone case or keychain. Elissa’s company is a research and consulting firm that creates anatomical replicas, prosthetics and devices. Elissa presented at a Chicago Ideas Week lab at healthtech incubator Matter titled “Print Your Own Body Part,” where she discussed the present and future of 3D printing and medicine, and let attendees scan themselves for 3D replicas.

Article originally appeared on Chicago Tribune, Blue Sky Innovation

SuperBetter app returns to help users meet life’s challenges


Meg Graham for Blue Sky Innovation, October 12, 2015

SuperBetter CEO Keith Wakeman uses an app to manage his stress while running a startup.

The same app, he says, could inspire regular exercise and healthy diet and even help reduce symptoms of conditions such as depression and anxiety.

The company re-launched the app in September after acquiring it from the original makers in February. The original makers included Jane McGonigal, SuperBetter’s chief science officer, whose experience inspired the app.

Now the company is riding the wave of an eponymous New York Times best-selling book by McGonigal, a game designer and researcher whose 2012 Ted talk on SuperBetter received more than 5 million views.

Now, Wakeman has a team of five employees and runs the company in Chicago from the Matter healthtech incubator. He’s working to widen the user base with a $150,000 Indiegogo campaign that launched last week and a not-yet-closed round of angel funding. By Friday afternoon, the campaign had raised about $6,200, with 43 days to go.

The app lets users choose a challenge such as alleviating chronic pain or lowering stress, battle “bad guys” like the elevator — instead of the good-guy stairs option — and accept “power-ups” like walking around the block. Users work toward achieving an “epic win” of their choice.

The app, which the company says has nearly half a million users, mirrors McGonigal’s own recovery process after she received a traumatic brain injury in 2009. After the concussion, she struggled with prolonged vertigo, constant headaches and reading and writing, she detailed in an event in late September at the 1871 tech hub.

“I just started inventing this role-playing game on the fly,” McGonigal said at the event. “I was totally concussed so I wasn’t at my computer coding … I’m writing down rules, I’m making video … it was really simple.”

Her game involved assuming a secret identity, taking on quests and trying to become “SuperBetter.” She began, to put it simply, “gamifying” her life — giving herself incremental challenges like getting out of bed or showering to speed her recovery.

“I can’t say how much it helped me to go from a state of being extremely depressed and anxious and feeling like there wasn’t one single thing I could do to get better … to feel like my friends and family had a better idea of what was going on in my life,” McGonigal said at 1871. “The depression and anxiety went away almost immediately [after starting the game]. The cognitive symptoms lasted more than a year, but I never felt depressed and anxious that way again.”

McGonigal gathered a team to transform the process into an app. But in 2013, the original company stopped operating, and the app remained dormant until Wakeman and his new company acquired it from McGonigal’s original team this year.

The “epic wins” vary widely. “It’s not always just about labeling depression or anxiety; it’s anxiety or depression causing me not to be able to do things,” Wakeman said. “A young millennial tweeted, ‘I’m using SuperBetter to go through the process of getting my driver’s permit,’” while another labeled her “epic win” as finding a kidney donor.

The app has been tested in clinical trials at the University of Pennsylvania and the Ohio State University.

The University of Pennsylvania study concluded: “These large effect sizes should be interpreted cautiously in light of high attrition rates and the motivated, self-selected sample. Nonetheless, smartphone-based/Internet-based self-help may play an important role in treating depression.”

Wakeman plans to begin monetizing the app in early 2016 with in-app subscriptions but also wants to forge contracts with partners such as health plans and employers.

“We’re all about engagement, and the healthcare industry is dying for engagement solutions,” he said.

Senator Kirk Explores Healthcare Innovation at MATTER

CHICAGO, Aug. 28, 2015 – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today toured healthcare technology incubator MATTER to discuss the future of healthcare with entrepreneurs and industry leaders.

Located in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, MATTER is a community of health technology startups and industry leaders working together to fuel innovation in health IT, medical devices, diagnostics and biopharmaceuticals.


Friday’s discussion focused on how MATTER is working to support the success of next-generation health technology startups and unite healthcare industry leaders in order to improve the quality of healthcare and drive economic growth. Senator Kirk met with Steven Collens, CEO of MATTER; Jeff Aronin, co-chair of MATTER and CEO of Marathon Pharmaceuticals, and representatives from AbbVie, Astellas Pharma, and BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, who are among MATTER’s industry partners.

Senator Kirk also sat down with some of the entrepreneurs working at MATTER to develop innovative healthcare solutions, including the founders of MedMatch, a new technology for hiring medical professionals; SuperBetter, an app that has been shown to reduce depression & anxiety; Innoblative, a medical device company, and GTX Surgery, a company that makes surgical simulation available on mobile devices.

Sen. Kirk has worked for several years to further healthcare initiatives in the Senate. As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Kirk has been instrumental in drafting the Healthier Innovations for America Bill. This legislation would be a Senate counterpart to the House’s 21st Century Cures Act, passed this year with bipartisan support 344-77, which brings health care innovation into the 21st Century and encourages the development of the next generation of cures and treatments. As a member of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Kirk worked to increase funding for the National Institute of Health (NIH) to $32 billion in FY16, which is a $2 billion increase from FY15 making it the largest increase in over a decade.

“From the invention of the cell phone to the zipper, Illinois has long been a center of innovation,” Senator Kirk said. “MATTER’s elevation of our entrepreneurs, startups and industry leaders is a reason why Chicago stands among the global players of healthcare innovation.”

“MATTER is honored to host Senator Kirk and discuss how entrepreneurs are working to build the future of healthcare here in Chicago,” said MATTER CEO Steven Collens. “We’re grateful for Senator Kirk’s commitment to supporting business growth and healthcare innovation, and we look forward to working with him as MATTER continues to grow.”

“MATTER is helping to make Chicago a global hub for healthcare innovation, and we are fortunate to have leaders like Senator Kirk who are aligned with the mission of health care innovation,” said Jeff Aronin, co-chair of MATTER and CEO of Marathon Pharmaceuticals. “By working together with entrepreneurs, we can build the next generation of healthcare technology that will improve patient lives.”


MATTER is a community of healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders working together in a shared space to individually and collectively fuel the future of healthcare innovation. MATTER’s mission is to proactively connect and promote collaboration among entrepreneurs, scientists, physicians and industry partners to bring next-generation products and services to market that improve quality of care and save lives. MATTER, a not-for-profit organization, was developed by a team of entrepreneurs and industry leaders with the support of the state of Illinois. MATTER began as a project of ChicagoNEXT, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s council on technology and innovation, which is part of World Business Chicago. For more information, visit and follow @matterchicago.

Meet the MATTER Startup That Wants to Be the Amazon for Healthcare Supplies


– Staff Writer, ChicagoInno

Brothers Jacob and Scott Drucker noticed a major problem in the dental supply market when Scott graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s dental school in 2013. Dentists were purchasing their supplies at high prices from vendors they’ve been using for years, and opting not to spend the time scouring the web for deals.


So Jacob and Scott set out to create a platform for buying and selling dental supplies that made it easier for dentists to find the items they needed at a range of prices from multiple vendors. And this June Supply Clinic was born, creating a double sided marketplace for sellers to list supplies and dentists to find items at a lower cost. The company, which is headquartered at Chicago HealthTech incubator MATTER, has been in beta for three months as it continues to add customers and perfect the platform.

“Right now, dentists are overpaying by 30-40% for the supplies that they are buying,” CEO Jacob Drucker said. “We’ve spoken with hundreds of dentists and they’re generally unhappy about the way the market is, but they can’t really find any good alternatives because they buy from a few of the big players.”

Supply Clinic aims to give those smaller sellers direct access to dentists, and so far the company has signed close to 50 vendors who plan to sell on the platform. The startup has seen just over 50 customers purchase supplies so far, a number Drucker expects to quickly rise now that the company has established a larger pool of vendors.

The longterm goal for Supply Clinic, Drucker says, is to be a marketplace for all kinds of healthcare products, not just dental supplies. And a key feature the company plans to build is a reoccurring purchase function for frequently used supplies like gloves and masks for a more consistent stream of revenue.

Supply Clinic joined MATTER when the incubator opened earlier this year, and Drucker said the program has provided him the resources and connections to get his company off the ground.

“There’s a lot of support here for whatever you need,” he said. “And if you can’t find the person who has the answer, [MATTER] will put you in touch with someone who has the answer.”

A Harvard graduate and recent transplant to Chicago, Drucker said the Chicago tech community has been the perfect place to launch Supply Clinic.

“One thing I really like about the Chicago tech scene is it’s growing, and growing quickly,” he said. “But it’s still at the size where you can get access to the people that you need, and everyone’s willing to help each other out.”

Read the article at ChicagoInno

Images via Supply Clinic 


June 9, 2015

MATTER is pleased to announce 10 more healthcare technology companies have joined the community. The new members are:

Aligned Modern Health is building the leading brand in patient-centered, evidence-based, complementary and integrative healthcare. Through outstanding clinical care, a patient-friendly experience at all of its clinics, and development of the most advanced technology, Aligned Modern Health strives for better health outcomes, happier patients, lower risk, and lower cost for patients and payers.

MetaMe is a digital health company that provides a SaaS-based solution to help patients with autoimmune diseases uncover their personal triggers in order to avoid episodes, support treatment adherence, and overcome the helplessness that often and naturally accompanies chronic conditions.

MondoPoint is a SaaS platform for capturing and reporting on metrics that allow healthcare organizations to make data-driven, evidence-based supply chain management decisions. Mondopoint allows healthcare organizations to systemically enable value-based purchasing to increase quality, improve outcomes and improve the bottom line.

Neximatic offers an innovative medical device connectivity solution that streams real-time medical data to Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, and empowers them by delivering exciting features such as automatic charting and data analytics for clinical decision engines. The Neximatic technology supports both self-hosted and cloud-based EHRs for traditional hospital environments and ambulatory surgical centers.

Output Medical is the digital thermometer of urine output. The company automates the measurement, data recording and data integration for urine output in order to optimize real-time physician decision-making and reduce the subsequent cost of complications.

PharmaCann is a group of trusted and experienced professionals singularly focused on using their diverse experience to legitimize the medical cannabis industry through the development of nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and industrial procedures.

physIQ has developed healthcare’s first, personalized physiology data analytics platform, using proven, proprietary machine learning technology to detect subtle but clinically meaningful changes in the health of chronically ill patients. Designed to work with any wearable device that collects physiology parameters, physIQ’s mission is to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs through reduced hospitalizations.

Prefense is a revolutionary new hand sanitizer that protects users from germs with just one application per day. The patented, alcohol-free formula soothes and moisturizes hands while providing up to 24-hours of protection. When applied, Prefense creates a hydrogen bond with the skin cells, instead of just covering the skin’s surface. This bond locks Prefense protection to the skin until it sheds naturally after 24-60 hours.

Quiddity Solutions’ vision is to make healthcare delivery more affordable and cost effective for patients, providers, and payers. The company aims to increase transparency in the healthcare system in order to allow providers to select the most cost effective treatments for their patients, payers to provide input on the cost effectiveness of equivalent treatment options, and patients to benefit from lower out-of-pocket expenses. By giving providers, payers, and patients the information they need to work together more effectively and efficiently, everyone wins.

Zest Health simplifies the way consumers find, understand, schedule and purchase healthcare with an easy-to-use app and 24/7 smart concierge support. Zest’s cloud-based platform, mobile apps and personalized concierge service provide members access to individual benefit details, price transparency, healthcare consumption, and telemedicine – all in one place. With the tap of a button, members understand cost, quality and convenience comprehensively, and can shop for healthcare like they would any other purchase.

MATTER continues to evaluate applications on a rolling basis. Interested entrepreneurs should visit Membership rates start at $150 per month and include access to MATTER’s mentor network, classes and events designed to help entrepreneurs and innovators accelerate the growth of their companies.

Launched on February 13, 2015, MATTER is a not-for-profit organization that was developed by a team of entrepreneurs and industry leaders with the support of the state of Illinois. MATTER began as a project of ChicagoNEXT, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s council on technology and innovation. In addition to the $4 million from the state of Illinois, MATTER has received more than $4.5 million in support from its industry partners.

Check out all of MATTER’s announced member companies here.



MATTER Welcomes 10 More Healthcare Technology Startups

May 12, 2015

MATTER proudly announces 10 more companies that have joined the community. We look forward to working with each company to accelerate their growth and build connections with our growing family of partners, mentors and peers. The new members are:

ALGOMEX is a new technology venture that develops enterprise solutions that will bring the predictive power of high-performance computing and machine learning into the field of healthcare to enable precision medicine. The company’s mission is to promote and implement the concept of “algo-driven medicine” as the solution to solving today’s most important healthcare challenges. This new paradigm relies on the availability of an arsenal of technological advancements in cognitive computing and ALGOMEX’s mission is to promote this digital revolution into the field of medicine.

CareSkore is an enterprise software company reinventing case management and care coordination with an aim to improve outcomes for patients and providers. Applying risk modeling and predictive analysis to existing data, CareSkore helps better measure and manage risk for patients and providers. The solution has powerful functionality, robust reporting and workflow automation, and is highly intuitive.

Healthy-TXT transforms patient education to improve communication, reduce costs and improve outcomes. The company allows doctors to record the golden minutes of an office conversation that patients can then listen to “on demand.” Healthy-TXT also seamlessly automates the delivery of the right bits of health information at the right time points following a diagnosis, discharge or procedure.

GTX Surgery rallies communities of medical specialists around cutting-edge surgical simulators that run on the device in your pocket. Utilizing the latest video game technologies, GTX Surgery makes realistic medical simulation available to all medical professionals, regardless of affiliation, location and budget.

Mutare Health is connecting people and health information in meaningful ways that improve the quality of care. By providing hospitals, physicians groups and care providers with the communications technology needed for stronger care team collaboration, Mutare Health is helping to build a better healthcare experience for patients and professionals.

Neurocern is a cloud-based dementia management software solution that uses predictive analytics to scale best practices in geriatric neurology and person-centered care. Neurocern enables hyper-personalized care for dementia patients at the point of care and beyond, resulting in improved patient experience, better health outcomes, and lower costs for health systems.

Stealth Mark is a leader in global anti-counterfeiting and product authentication solutions. Its mission is to protect clients’ brands and assets from unauthorized reproduction (counterfeiting), diversion and theft. It utilizes the most complete authentication technology available that is simple to deploy and cost effective, and is virtually impossible to compromise.

TKILabs has created an EMR platform that leverages innovative endpoint technology, modern embedded micro controllers and a cloud-based patient portal in order to provide advanced connectivity and data analytics in markets where steep integration premiums had previously presented a barrier to entry for many practices.

ViMedicus is a healthcare IT company that provides patient-centric solutions that combine clinical intelligence, decision support and care coordination to empower multidisciplinary care teams to effectively provide high quality care, especially to chronic patients in outpatient settings. Delivered via mobile device, tablet or computer, these applications offer providers real-time insights into their patients’ conditions, resulting in better outcomes and more effective management of their most expensive patients.

VisMed3D is a global research and consulting firm utilizing a proven platform for innovative research, 3D surgical patient replica development and access solutions for healthcare and academic institutions to utilize visualization and 3D printing technology for state-of-the-art treatment and training.

MATTER continues to evaluate applications on a rolling basis. Interested entrepreneurs should visit Membership rates start at $150 per month and include access to MATTER’s mentor network, classes and events designed to help entrepreneurs and innovators accelerate the growth of their companies.

Launched on February 13, 2015, MATTER is a not-for-profit organization that was developed by a team of entrepreneurs and industry leaders with the support of the state of Illinois. MATTER began as a project of ChicagoNEXT, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s council on technology and innovation. In addition to the $4 million from the state of Illinois, MATTER has received more than $4.5 million in support from its industry partners.

Check out all of MATTER’s announced member companies here.


MATTER Members Exhibiting at HIMSS & HX360

Here’s a list of the MATTER member companies who will be exhibiting at HIMSS15 and HX360. Stop by and learn more about these new healthcare IT innovations.

Apervita is a secure, self-service platform that enables health professionals and enterprises to author, publish and subscribe to a market of evidence-based algorithms and measures, easily connecting them to data and workflow. Available to every health professional and powerful enough for the entire health enterprise, Apervita provides health analytics at a tenth of today’s cost, in a hundredth of the time. (Booth #3688)

CareSkore is an enterprise software company reinventing case management and care coordination with an aim to improve outcomes for patients and providers. Applying risk modeling and predictive analysis to existing data, CareSkore helps better measure and manage risk for patients and for providers. The highly intuitive solution has powerful functionality, robust reporting and workflow automation. (Booth #8191 Startup Showcase)

Caretree is a centralized, coordinated health record that is as easy as Facebook to use. Patients, caregivers, families or providers simply create a patient profile and invite others to access it. CareTree uses role-based security to enforce HIPAA compliance and control access to protected information. (Booth #8191 Startup Showcase)

Coeus Health is pioneering the translation of evidence-based health behavior interventions by serving as the “Intel inside” for digital health. While digital health holds promise for addressing the growing obesity epidemic, evidence-based solutions are nearly absent from the market. Coeus Health is bringing clinically proven content to the digital weight management market. (Harris Solutions Booth #4168)

 doc&i is a prescription pricing software for healthcare providers that ensures patients receive the best value for their prescriptions prior to arriving at the pharmacy. doc&i integrates pricing data from multiple sources using a proprietary database and algorithm to deliver point-of-care, real-time prescription pricing and coverage transparency to healthcare providers within their existing workflow. (Harris Solutions Booth #4168)

Double Helix Group develops telehealth solutions for the prevention and self-management of chronic disease. With their partners, Helix Medical Group, the company provides affordable care online. Together, they support engagement between regular visits with primary care physician satisfaction. (Booth #8191 Startup Showcase)

Neurocern is a virtual brain health platform that helps health systems better manage care for brain health patients. Neurocern’s SaaS solution taps into the combined power of neuroscience, predictive analytics, and telehealth to improve patient experience, care coordination, and grow strategic service lines. (Harris Solutions Booth #4168)

Prana Diabetes is tackling the growth of diabetes through a service that brings together technology and social ties to promote good lifestyle habits. The Prana platform enables simple, phone-based monitoring and record keeping of key health parameters while creating a personal support network for diabetes management. Prana Diabetes is an Impact Engine portfolio company. (Booth #8191 Startup Showcase)

Stealth Mark is a global product authentication solution provider specializing in brand protection. Offering one the most advanced product security solutions, Stealth Mark protects companies and governmental agencies from unauthorized reproduction (counterfeiting), diversion or theft of their most valued assets. For years, Stealth Mark has delivered security solutions that emphasize four key principles: security strength, ease of implementation, authentication speed/simplicity, and total cost of ownership. (Booth #8191 Startup Showcase)

Purple Binder connects patients with services that address the social determinants of health, such as counseling, housing and food pantries. After the connection is made, Purple Binder closes the loop and verifies that the patient received the services. The company’s solution is used by payors and health systems to manage care for vulnerable populations. Purple Binder is a Healthbox portfolio company. (Booth #8191 Startup Showcase)

Quant HC is dedicated to simplifying medicine. Quant HC harnesses the power of existing data and in many cases the existing IT infrastructure to produce algorithms designed to deliver the right data at the right time. Quant HC’s flagship product, eCART, can detect all cause patient deterioration hours in advance, facilitating staff clinical evaluation that can lead to improved patient outcomes, patient experience scores and hospital economics. (Booth #3688)

SafeStart is a surgical safety process built around an iOS app. SafeStart improves patient safety, patient satisfaction, staff workflow and patient throughput, and decreases overall facility and provider risk. (Booth #8191 Startup Showcase)

vCareConnect is a care coordination SAAS platform that identifies patients’ care needs, reminds patients, caregivers, providers and care managers (the care team) of their tasks, and enables collaboration among care team members. The platform’s fully integrated and multi-channel (voice/SMS/text) approach increases engagement with patients of all age groups. vCareConnect’s role-based, HIPAA-compliant security model also makes it easy for patients to share their care profiles with caregivers, providers or care managers. (Booth #8191 Startup Showcase)




MATTER Profile: Real Dietitian

March 18, 2015

By Mary Lee, MATTER intern

I’m a person who grabs a $2 fast-food burger on the go and eats cereal for dinner. Why?

Well, my hectic schedule prevents me from sitting down and enjoying a home-cooked meal, and I’m also trying to save up for a vacation in New Zealand.

Like me, many others consider healthy eating a luxury, and are oblivious to the importance of nutrition’s impact on an individual’s wellbeing.

34 million Americans are eligible to consult with a registered dietitian for free with their current insurance coverage, yet a measly 4 percent exercise this option, according to Real Dietician statistics.

The importance of nutrition has been conventionally absent, explained Sidonia Swarm, CEO and founder of Real Dietitian. “It really is not a focal point when it comes to health care.”

Frustrated by its discounted status, Swarm established a platform that promotes an appreciation for eating healthy.

Real Dietitian

Real Dietitian, a new member at MATTER, connects patients and dietitians, and provides medical nutrition therapy through a mobile app and web enabled platform. The company ensures 24-hour instantaneous access to a registered dietitian.

“You don’t need a dietitian in an office or in a clinic the most,” Swarm said. “You need them at the grocery store, at the restaurant, or when you’re cooking a meal at your home.”

Real Dietitian opens a channel of communication with a personal dietician through a mobile phone appointment or on-demand text messaging. The service-central company leverages human relationships through technology to enable the best health outcome.

Medical Nutrition Therapy is an evidence-based therapy that can cure people from cancer, diabetes and different diseases, Swarm explained. These chronic diseases are preventable through a diet, she continued.

Dietitians at Real Dietician work closely with the patient, specifically catering to each individual’s diagnosis and health.

“At the end of the day, health care is an interaction between two humans,” Swarm said.

Real Dietitian goes beyond simply providing a list of dos and don’ts and delivering packaged lunch boxes to your front door.

“We’re teaching people how to understand their condition,” Swarm said regarding equipping people with knowledge about healthy eating habits, to “sustainably live the rest of their lives through eating.”

You are what you eat. The food you consume is extremely vital to one’s health, she explained. “One day in the near future, we would love to see that everyone has their own doctor, but has their own dietician as well.”


MATTER Member Profile: HappiLabs

“Advocating for healthy and happy scientists”

March 11, 2015

By Mary Lee/MATTER intern


HappiLabs wants to bolster the happiness index for scientists.

The startup company, launched in 2013, is a virtual lab manager and personal shopper. Scientists are burdened and distracted from their innovative work because their expertise does not extend to addressing pricing disparities and purchasing laboratory equipment. HappiLabs takes on the responsibility of researching and acquiring the finest scientific lab supplies at a discounted price.

Tom Ruginis, CEO and founder of HappiLabs, conceived the idea for the company after visiting university research labs where scientists dedicated their lives to remedy diseases including cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and more. He found that poor customer service and exorbitant prices dampened the velocity and progress of their valuable research.

The National Institutes of Health funds $30 billion in scientific and medical research, and about 20 percent, or $600 million, is allocated to purchase lab equipment and supplies, Ruginis explained. He says HappiLabs guarantees a minimum of 14 percent to 40 percent in savings, promising potentially $90 million in savings.

The conundrum confronting scientists is simply the absence of a Yelp-like or database for this population. Scientists have no method for determining a fair price because an archive that analyzes a product’s functionality, quality and rating simply does not exist. A few companies monopolize retail of these lab supplies, chemicals, reagents and equipment, and advertise high prices to unknowing consumers.

These dominant institutions fix prices, which are “triple of what they should be charging,” Ruginis said.

The lack of transparency coupled with soaring prices block out competition; smaller distributors lack the marketing power to compete, which stifles innovation. But, HappiLabs locates these hidden yet nascent distributors that offer identical items at a reasonable price.

Customers hire on an hourly basis, supply a shopping list, and HappiLabs will secure the best deals. HappiLabs customers are guaranteed bargains, efficiency, high quality products and sustainability.

“The industry needs a customer-service focused company,” Ruginis said regarding the private sector. “Everyone’s all about profit margins,” he added, but his company cuts through the conventional current and establishes a company that is predicated on the happiness and health of its customers: scientists.

HappiLabs will leave scientists free to research and work, unfettered by administrative logistics and financial qualms.