BIO Announces 2018 Start-up Stadium Winners

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today announced winners
of the Start-up Stadium competition held last month at the BIO
International Convention in Boston. During six sessions over four
days, live presentations of 50 finalists were evaluated by expert judges
with entrepreneurial, investment, start-up, economic development,
capital formation, and academic backgrounds from both the public and
private sectors. One winner was chosen for each session. The finalists,
whose purpose is to develop cutting-edge technologies and therapeutic
solutions while becoming commercially viable, hailed from nine different
countries and 15 U.S. states.

The winners are:

Therapeutics (Massachusetts) Session 1Lauren
Sciences LLC (New York) Session 2Monarch
Biosciences, Inc. (California) Session 3OcuMedics,
Inc. (Virginia) Session 4Lumme
Inc. (Massachusetts) Session 5Deep
Health (Massachusetts) Session 6

“The benefits of participating in the Start-up Stadium competition go
beyond winning a contest,” said Nareq Sagherian, BIO’s Director of
Investor Relations & Programming. “According to our surveys, even the
companies that don’t win have been approached by investors who were
either judges or audience participants listening to their presentation.
These are opportunities that participating companies may not have
otherwise and we are pleased with the enormous success of this
interactive experience.”

Winning companies receive a one-year membership in BIO, a one-hour
advisory discussion with a venture capital firm (F-Prime Capital or
Sands Capital Ventures) and will be fast-tracked to the final judging
round for the 2019 MassChallenge (industry agnostic accelerator) or
PULSE@MassChallenge (digital health lab) programs.

A full list of 2018 participants and judges can be found here.

About BIO

BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology
companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and
related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other
nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of
innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental
biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO
International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the
biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and
partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is
BIO’s blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO
Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe
to the BIO Newsletter.

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