Doha, Qatar, 12 September, 2022 – Ahead of its forthcoming global gathering on October 4 – 6, the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) has announced the 20 healthcare entrepreneurs from 13 different countries coming to showcase their healthcare innovations at its 2022 summit. These innovators have been selected from nearly 600 applicants of this year’s WISH Innovation Competitions, comprising two categories; Spark (early-stage startups) and Booster (established startups looking to scale).
Among this year’s 10 winners of the Spark category are Neurosoft Bioelectornics (Switzerland), developers of high resolution soft brain-implantable electrodes; Sequegenics (USA), who have created a new approach that cuts the time and cost of DNA-sequencing; as well as Glovi (Lebanon), a laser technology integrated machine to unpack gloves for medical personnel to prevent surgical infections.
Among the 10 winners of the Booster category are Smiletronix (Spain), an intraoral Artificial Intelligence (AI) imaging device that can diagnose oral diseases within 15 seconds without needing to visit a dentist; inHeart (France), an AI-enabled 3D imaging solution that creates a digital twin of a patient’s heart to help plan and guide cardiac intervention for those with arrhythmias; and Amprologix (UK), which has developed a novel, microbiome-sparing antibiotic candidate with the potential to treat infectious diseases that are resistant to the current antibiotic drugs.
The full list of the WISH 2022 innovators can be seen via https://bit.ly/3eCmgA1
WISH holds a biennial gathering of global leaders, healthcare policymakers, practitioners, and industry experts to tackle the world’s most urgent healthcare challenges. Ahead of every summit, WISH invites healthcare innovators worldwide to apply for its Innovation Competitions, which culminate in qualifying applicants winning the opportunity to exhibit at the summit. This year, WISH received the largest number of applications to date, and has supported 130 innovators from 25 countries through the Competitions so far.
“Every cycle, we notice some commonalities among the startups that apply for our competitions, which are shaped by wider trends we are seeing develop within the healthcare industry. The majority of those who applied ahead of our last summit in November 2020 focused on improving telemedicine and the digital delivery of healthcare, for instance. This year, we’ve seen a lot more applicants looking to integrate AI and machine learning into their products to create more accurate, cheaper, and personalized treatment plans for patients, with a particular focus on supporting and developing preventative rather than curative medicine”, said Mahmoud El Achi, Head of Innovation, WISH.
“Innovation, and especially healthcare innovation, does not have to be high-tech, but must be something that solves a real problem either in one’s own community or on a larger scale. It can be as simple as collecting recyclable waste in exchange for micro-health insurance coupons that gives easy healthcare access to millions without, and also cleans up the environment, which is what SOSO Care from Nigeria, a winner of our 2020 competitions, was founded on. Put simply, we look to support innovations that can make healthcare more affordable, equitable and accessible.”
The innovators will receive a myriad of benefits during the WISH 2022 Summit, including the opportunity to network with investors and global health leaders, policymakers, and the other innovators at a global stage. Additionally, WISH will provide mentoring workshops on topics such as business modeling, gaining customer traction, and marketing, as well as media support for up to a year. During the summit, WISH will announce the top two out of the 20 innovators, who will win USD $15,000 to help expand their startups.
WISH, Qatar Foundation’s global health initiative, is committed to gathering healthcare experts, policymakers, and innovators to unite in the goal of building a healthier world.
For more information on WISH and to register your interest in attending the 2022 summit, visit www.wish.org.qa.
About the World Innovation Summit for Health
The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices. WISH is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and is under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, its Chairperson.
The inaugural WISH Summit took place in Doha in 2013 and convened more than 1,000 global healthcare leaders. Through international summits and a range of ongoing initiatives, WISH is creating a global community of leading Innovators in healthcare policy, research, and industry.
Together, they are harnessing the power of innovation to overcome the world’s most urgent healthcare challenges and inspire other stakeholders to action.
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, research and development, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, please visit: www.qf.org.qa
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