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Cephus Simmons of SealCath LLC named as finalist for MedTech Color 2024 Pitch Competition

Courtesy of MedTech Color

MedTech Color officially announced its 4th Annual Pitch Competition, which will take place on March 15th, 2024 at Covel Commons, UCLA Campus, during LA Medtech Week.

This year, MTC has partnered with the Alliance for Pediatric Device Innovation (APDI), led by Children’s National Hospital, for a special edition of the “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!”™ competition.

“Since its inception, the MedTech Color Pitch Competition has been an instrumental event for inspiring and supporting medical technology early-stage companies. The competition’s additional investment in companies developing technologies for the pediatric population is significant. This means more patients getting access to Medtech ecosystem accelerants. It is also an acknowledgement that this population has been treated by prior MTC Pitch finalists and now presents opportunities for these children and young adults in overlooked communities.”” said Kwame Ulmer, Founder of MedTech Color.

Here are the top African-American and Hispanic Medtech founders, who will compete for cash prizes as part of MTC’s Pitch365 Program’s annual competition in 2024.

2024 Top 10 Finalists

Stacie Arechavala / Selera Medical

A minimally invasive device-based therapy to improve heart failure management through a one-time intervention aiming to reduce patient hospitalizations and mortality.

Luis Suarez / Sanarai- Sanara

A managed marketplace that connects the Latinx community to mental health professionals in Latin America and the US to provide cost-effective and culturally relevant emotional support.

Giuliana Zaccardelli / Zuri Fertility, Inc.

A mobile app aiming to modernize fertility care by incorporating telehealth, testing, and support services offering access to patients who are struggling to conceive.

Angel Enriquez / Emboa Medical Inc

A patent-pending device to increase efficiency when removing blood clots that cause stroke by adding an additional force to extract emboli.

Carlos Munoz / ReBlood Rx, LLC

ReBlood Rx is refining polymerized hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs) to improve remote damage control resuscitation to counteract oxygen-carrying capacity limitations.

Dara Cook / Expect Fitness, Inc.

Expect Fitness aims to fight maternal mortality and complications with OB-GYN-approved pre and postnatal fitness streaming services that could save lives and slash healthcare costs.

Jennifer Jaki Johnson / WellMiss

A digital care clinic providing holistic, integrative trauma care for women by offering access to multidisciplinary healthcare providers focused on how trauma affects the whole person.

Cephus Simmons / SealCath LLC

A double balloon catheter for infants facing challenging bowel disorders, specifically designed for mucous fistula refeeding with a gentle and precise method for vital nutrition and support.

Wilman Ortega / MDDRIVEN LLC

MDDriven’s AllResp aims to decrease cost of care by providing AI-enabled at-home professional respiratory care to elderly patients with chronic cardiopulmonary conditions.

Valencia Koomson / Kofimi Technology, Inc.

Kofimi Technology is a patent-pending pulse oximeter device specifically designed for pediatric populations aiming to provide superior accuracy for all levels of skin pigmentation.

2024 Pediatric Track Finalists

Cephus Simmons / SealCath LLC

A double balloon catheter for infants facing challenging bowel disorders, specifically designed for mucous fistula refeeding with a gentle and precise method for vital nutrition and support.

Sanna Gaspard / Rubitection

Offers caregivers access to a low-cost skin assessment management tool for chronic wounds.

Valencia Koomson / Kofimi Technology, Inc.

A patent-pending pulse oximeter device designed specifically for pediatric populations aiming to provide superior accuracy for all levels of skin pigmentation.

John Sanwo / WearableDose, Inc.

WearableDose harnesses AI for real-time, precise dosimetry in cancer treatment, transforming patient care with innovative wearable tech.

Maria Napolez / TNC MEDICAL SOLUTIONS, INC.

A woman-owned, minority business enterprise aiming to revolutionize gastrostomy tube (g-tube) reinsertion for patients reliant on enteral feeding.

These entrepreneurs will also receive in-kind perks and participate in the competition’s pre-event accelerator, which offers access to bespoke sessions, masterclasses, and workshops. The top winners will also be eligible for additional special prizes, courtesy of MedTech Color’s sponsors and partners, underscoring the importance of applying to participate in this event.

The MedTech Color 2024 Pitch Competition registrations are open. MedTech Color encourages more founders, industry leaders, professional members, program volunteers, investors, innovators, government agencies, healthcare organizations, and students to register soon. MedTech Color work aims to foster a more diverse and inclusive MedTech environment.

About MedTech Color:

MedTech Color is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization aiming to advance the representation of persons of color in the medical device industry; a destination and resource for professional development, thought leadership, and strategies to increase the number of underrepresented executives who enter, stay, and contribute to the industry. For more information, please visit: https://medtechcolor.org

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