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November 17, 2019 | Tom Ballard

Winter Innovations captures $20,000 in “Get Started Medical” pitch competition

There’s that old saying that “you win some and you lose some.” Add to that phrase the fact that, if you have a .500 batting average, you will clearly win the Major League Baseball title in either league.

So, overall, Thursday was a great day for the Winter Innovations team, going one for two in pitch competitions in different states. The developer of the EasyWhipTM device for orthopedic surgeries won first place and $20,000 in the “Get Started Medical” pitch event in Lafayette, LA Thursday night. The team was not as successful earlier that day in the annual Venture Forum that was held as part of Life Science Tennessee’s LSTCON.

The $20,000 prize brings the amount that Lia Winter and Preston Dishner have won in competitions to $125,000.

Other competitors in the Louisiana event were:

  • Vascugenix of Little Rock, AR). It is a device company focused on developing innovative products to improve the interventional vascular procedure.
  • ROSE of Washington, DC. It is transforming the way people receive mental health care by leveraging machine learning to augment in-person therapy sessions.
  • NeuroFlow of Philadelphia, PA, is a digital health company combining workflow automation, patient engagement tools, and applied AI to promote behavioral health integration in all care settings.
  • Lineus Medical from Fayetteville, AR, has patented the SafeBreak Vascular device that is designed to prevent IV catheter dislodgement in hospitalized patients.
  • Lapovations, also from Fayetteville, is a medical device company creating a platform of innovative products to improve minimally invasive abdominal surgery.
  • Intelligent Observation of Miami has a unique hand hygiene tracking and alert system designed to reduce healthcare-acquired infections in hospitals.
  • Digital Twin Studio from Lafayette is a development company specializing in immersive and interactive training certification.

Here’s Winter with the check. Also, The Advocate newspaper in New Orleans spotlighted Winter in this article.

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