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Houston medical tech startup wins 2020 MassChallenge contest

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 10/22/2020 By Dwight Silverman, Staff writer
logo: The logo for Path Ex, a Houston-based startup developing a technology for extracting pathogens from the blood to treat and prevent sepsis. © Hearst Newspapers

The logo for Path Ex, a Houston-based startup developing a technology for extracting pathogens from the blood to treat and prevent sepsis.

A Houston-based medical technology startup working on a way to treat sepsis won the top prize Thursday at the MassChallenge accelerator program’s U.S. awards.

Path Ex took the $100,000 Diamond Award cash prize as one of 56 competitors in MassChallenge Texas in Houston cohort in the competition, which was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The company, founded in Nashville by Sinead E. Miller and Alex Wieseler, now has its headquarters in Houston. Path Ex is developing a device that can extract sepsis pathogens from blood.

Another Houston startup, Starling Medical, won the $25,000 Innospark Artificial Intelligence Prize. It is developing a tech-based catheter designed for patients with nerve-related bladder dysfunction.

More than $200,000 in cash prizes were awarded to seven startups in the competition. The 56 startup competitiors came from 13 countries and 13 U.S. states to compete.

“I’m extremely proud of the startups in our 2020 cohort - during the course of the program, they’ve pivoted, adjusted and evolved in order to grow their businesses,” said said Jay Nordby, managing director of the Houston chapter of MassChallenge, a national tech accelerator, in a statement. “And the numbers don’t lie: these startups have raised $44.4 million funding, generated $24 million in revenue, and created 297 jobs.”

Other winners include:

● Healium of Columbia, Mo., which is developing a virtual and augmented reality product for anxiety management, won $25,000.

● Ozark Integrated Circuits of Fayetteville, Ark., which specializes in building Internet-of-Things devices for harsh environments, won $25,000. Ozark won another $25,000 from the Houston Angel Network.

● PREEMIEr Diagnostics of Liberty, Mich., developing tech to identify premature infants needing an adjustment to glucose levels to prevent blindness, won $25,000.

● Scout, of Alexandria, Va., working on technology to extend satellite lifetimes, won $25,000.

● Articulate Labs of Dallas, which makes mobile adaptive devices to help with knee rehabilitation, also won a $25,000 Innospark award along with Starling.

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