CDL Recovery was focused on the full stack of information-based solutions to accelerate the world’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
AccuroLab has developed a service that acts as an intermediary between cellphone users and Trusted Health Organizations (THO) sources, which allows users to assess the accuracy of incoming text messages related to COVID-19.accurolab
BioXplor is developing an AI- and network-based drug-discovery platform for pharma and biotech, which will prioritize drug combinations for complex diseases. The platform prioritizes single assets or entire drug pipelines, with a unique safety- and efficacy-based prioritization model for multiple drug targets and drug combination candidates. In response to the pandemic, BioXplor is positioning the platform for antiviral and anti-inflammatory COVID-19 drug combinations, which it will leverage to build a pipeline of biotech and academic partners and clients.bioxplor.com
Careteam’s virtual-care collaboration platform facilitates a continuum of care planning and enables healthcare providers, patients, families, and informal support groups to act effectively as a team. The platform offers integrated care plans that can be personalized and shared, enabling healthcare providers to manage COVID-19 patients remotely while continuing the delivery of needed primary and specialized care conditions and contexts (acute, community, and home). Led by a female CEO, Careteam is expanding to the US, the UK, and China.getcareteam.com
Crowdless is a mobile app that helps people avoid queues and crowds. The app provides real-time and predicted information on how busy venues are, so people can shop at the least busy hours. That helps the public meet social-distancing standards during COVID-19 while also allowing commercial partners to reduce the amount of time that stores are over capacity.crowdlessapp.co
EMBER Medical has developed an easy to use and affordable SaaS-based telemedicine platform that enables clinicians to have continuous reach and interaction with patients through their treatment journey. They have initially focused their platform on emerging and underserved markets and have >1500 app downloads by doctors and >55K downloads by patients in Egypt and Qatar. Their platform can assist vulnerable patients (e.g. to COVID-19) to receive medical support without the associated infection risks of travelling to, or being treated at, a medical facility.embermed.com
En Carta is developing a rapid and reliable test for COVID-19. The test is paper-based and seeks to address the dual problem of short supplies for traditional testing methods and the high cost of these tests. The initial technology was validated in 2019 with the Zika virus and is now being adapted to COVID-19.
Gradient Ascent’s first product, Greeter, is a health and safety solution to improve compliance outcomes, such as wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and maintaining social distancing It uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to monitor compliance and issue an audio-visual alert, or notify security staff, when an individual is not wearing any PPE.gradient-ascent.com
Grapheal is developing a disposable, low-cost, and rapid diagnostic test enabling multi-strain screening in saliva with an antibody-sensitized sensor coupled to a smartphone app, which can meet the urgent need during this pandemic for rapid on-site screening of passengersgrapheal.com
Gray Oncology Solutions helps oncology centres optimize resource allocation to reach their maximum treatment capacity at a high quality of care. Gray is developing AI-guided algorithms to create a virtual model of a customer’s oncology centre, from which customers can predict the distribution of new patient arrivals and the time required to treat those patients, then perform advance scheduling—all of which can help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on over-capacity healthcare systems.graysuite.com
Hutano Diagnostics is developing MediLego LFD, a rapid lateral flow device for COVID-19 based on proprietary aptamers (SOMAmers) that detect SARS-CoV-2 10 minutes after a saliva test or nasal/throat swab. The test will be used in conjunction with a smartphone, cloud database, and Bluetooth to automate result interpretation, data collection, and contact tracing.
Ilara Health is a secure digital web/mobile app platform that brings diagnostic support and essential tests to small medical providers across peri-urban sub-Saharan Africa who are currently unable to access these basic life-saving tools. It offers flexible financing (pay as you go) to make this tech affordable to providers in low-resource settings. Its COVID-19 Readiness Package for symptom checking will help identify patients who are most susceptible to serious COVID-19 complications and can play a crucial role in patient triage at the primary-care level.ilarahealth.com
LumineSense is designing a rapid autonomous ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system for confined, high-traffic public spaces. Applying liquid disinfectants in high-traffic places such as elevators, classrooms, and hospitals is either impractical or excessively laborious. The LumineSense light source will beam-form and include sensors to guarantee sufficient UV dosage, ensuring fast and effective disinfection.
Mediphage Bioceuticals is a phage therapeutics company developing next-generation genetics medicines that are safer, customizable, and redosable through our flagship product, ministring DNA. Mediphage leverages second-generation ministrings that have been further manipulated and decorated inside the human body once they recombine with a carrier in a delivery vehicle that targets a specific physical, genetic, or biochemical reaction.mediphage.ca/
MEMOTEXT is building RapidResponse, a digital communication tool that automates outreach, screening, and mental health follow-ups for students and teachers. MEMOTEXT has built over 35 custom patient-engagement solutions for clients including McKesson, SE Health, CAMH, GSC, Johns Hopkins, and Novartis, and is applying its expertise to help address the COVID crisis.memotext.com
Metabolic Insights has developed a point-of-care device that analyzes saliva and other body fluids for peptides (and thus health-related biomarkers) in less than 10 minutes. As a response to COVID-19, Metabolic Insights is repurposing its current salivary insulin device to detect the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein in saliva, which could then be used in many situations, including daily screening by physicians, pharmacies, employers, or airports, as well as for at-home diagnosis.metabolicinsights.com
Molecular Signatures is developing a diagnostic device with the size and shape of an oral thermometer that can sample saliva to determine if the user is infected by a set of known viruses/bacteria (such as COVID-19). To this end, data from their proprietary electrical sensor is immediately uploaded to the cloud to determine whether the person is infected, and if so by which pathogen, in 1 minute and at a price of 1$/test.
MyBubble is a social-distancing radar that measures and gamifies users’ social distancing and hygiene practices. Initially targeting re-opening workplaces, MyBubble translates policies into goals, allows users to be alert to their behaviours in real-time, and get feedback on their adherence to the rules to help reduce risk of exposure and the spread of COVID-19.
nanopathdx has developed a testing platform that can detect multiple viral RNA targets directly from a nasal swab within minutes, instead of hours. The platform consists of a disposable test cartridge for patient-sample processing and a portable sample processing and readout machine. The technology was developed to identify pathogens in the body and is being deployed to detect SARS-CoV-2 specifically.nanopathdx.com
Oncoustics Inc. combines their proprietary AI with low-cost, point-of-care ultrasound devices to produce a portable medical diagnostic and monitoring system for healthcare providers. Their primary product detects liver disease, enabling preventive care and early intervention. Their new ‘Lung product’ will enable on-site diagnosis of pneumonia (a symptom of severe COVID-19 infection) without the need for X-Ray imaging.oncoustics.com
Pngme is a unified data platform that aggregates financial data on individuals and micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) for financial institutions (e.g. banks and mobile money operators). Given the lockdowns caused by COVID-19, Pngme enables financial institutions in emerging markets to onboard, approve credit applications, and offer products digitally without meeting in person.pngme.com
ProbiusDx has developed an analytical platform that brings the unique integration of multiscale biological information to identify small and large molecules. This multiscale phenotyping can be performed in the background matrix directly, without sample preparation, and in limited sample volumes to enable broad-spectrum and efficient longitudinal studies for preclinical therapeutic discovery and validation.probiusdx.com
Provision Analytics provides fruit and vegetable processors a SaaS food-safety and traceability solution to reduce food loss. The software helps digitize food-safety forms, streamlines data inputs over various parts of the food value chain (including transportation, packaging, machine maintenance, and inventory management), and extracts insight from data. Provision’s core software is being applied to trace and monitor COVID-19 symptoms among workers to help essential food facilities stay open and safe. The venture will be ramping up its sales activities to get its platform into more food-processing facilities in Canada and the US. Provision Analytics was featured in the Globe and Mail as it gains traction with food producers for its new COVID-19 tracking software.provisionanalytics.io
Proxxi is a hardware and software company for industrial settings that has developed a wearable wristband to protect workers from electricity. Proxxi has repurposed its core product into a COVID-19 workplace distance and contact-tracing wristband (entitled the Halo system, or Halo). Halo vibrates to notify wearers that another band is within six feet (two metres), gently reminding workers of the need to maintain social distance.proxxi.co
SensorUp provides an open interface that enables interoperability, analytics, and device management across different IoT sensor systems. The company’s founder is an editor of the IoT cloud API standard that will be endorsed as a national IoT standard by governments around the world.sensorup.com
SiPhox is miniaturizing medical diagnostics using silicon photonic chips. They are developing a small, easy to use COVID-19 saliva test that can provide a diagnostic result at home in 10 minutes. This test can be scaled to a billion tests (cheap chips) per week, using low-power integrated circuits. In the context of several waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, a multi-cartridge testing device will enable more recurrent and safe home testing.siphox.com
Snap Fluidics is building a handheld medical device that can rapidly detect and quantify pathogen infection, such as SARS-CoV-2, at the point-of-care. Their proprietary microfluidic cartridge enables standard quantitative nucleic acid detection (qPCR) to be deployed in the field, rather than in a laboratory, decreasing results turnaround time from days to minutes.snapfluidics.com
Tenera Care is a hardware and software monitoring and analytics platform that has developed a wearable technology (bracelet, pendant, or clip-on) to accurately pinpoint a user’s location within a care facility. The system enables contact tracing by detecting who someone has interacted with, at what distance, in what location, and for how long. Read more about Tenera Care’s data-analytics solution in the Financial Post.tenera.care
TestCard is a smartphone app that can read a variety of diagnostic tests quickly, easily, and from a user’s home via their camera phone. Originally developed to diagnose UTIs, TestCard’s app can be repurposed to help read COVID tests from home. A user does a finger-prick blood test and the TestCard app can let the user know if they have tested positive for COVID within minutes.testcard.com
VivaVax has developed an antiviral coating material called ShieldAV that can eliminate microbes/viruses within 30 minutes of contact and can last on surfaces such as glass, plastics, metals, ceramic, and textiles for five years indoors and three years outdoors.vivavax.org
WarnerPatch has developed a non-invasive chip sensor that can be embedded in a non-invasive IoT medical device, allowing continuous measurement of tissue health to provide information on respiratory distress episodes. M2JN’s proprietary sensor provides clinicians with real-time and predictive information on disease deterioration, improves patient outcome, and reduces related care costs.warnerpatch.com
wePool AI is a decision support software that leverages sociodemographic & healthcare data to significantly increase COVID-19 testing capacity by up to 300% by saving up to 66% of testing kits. Using AI, the platform predicts which samples are most likely to be COVID-19 negative and recommends to test them jointly. This minimizes the inefficient retesting that is needed today when a positive sample is found in an otherwise negative test group.wepool.ai
Worldchanging Ventures is developing modular, rapidly deployable facilities for housing, health, and educational purposes. The team has pivoted their current offering away from rapidly deployable field hospitals and toward modular sustainable housing.worldchanging.com
I wouldn’t spend any time thinking about a “bridge round” when you’ve got 24 months in the bank. If anything, close a couple of the sales in your pipeline first and then think about it.