By Andrew O'Shaughnessy, Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation
Last week, an army of health tech startups and healthcare leaders descended on the NY Genome Center to participate in two days of matchmaking sessions as part of Pilot Health Tech NYC. Through 300+ brief, curated meetings, a total of 26 hospitals, neighborhood clinics, and large employers were exposed to a wide range of health and wellness technologies that promise to improve New Yorkers’ lives.
Recruited and screened by NYCEDC and partner Health 2.0, 121 companies offered a wide range of solutions including platforms and devices that support clinical trials, improve patient care, and empower New Yorkers to battle chronic diseases. Still early-stage, these innovators seek to validate their technologies through pilots with “host” institutions large and small, from Merck and NewYork-Presbyterian to the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center.
With this opportunity on the line, the Genome Center brimmed with energy. “Know your ABCs,” said Jean-Luc Neptune, Senior Vice President of Health 2.0, to the room full of waiting entrepreneurs. “Always Be Closing!”
Pilot Health Tech NYC was developed by NYCEDC to meet the needs of early-stage health tech companies and to help organizations looking to adopt new health technologies. Although investment in health tech companies is growing three times faster in NYC than across the country, young companies can still struggle to reach decision makers at large institutions. Pilot’s Matchmaking Days solve that problem by putting key healthcare and human resources leaders in one room, and by providing $1,000,000 to help defray the cost of the most promising pilots.
Even if you missed our Matchmaking Days, there is still time to participate in Pilot: hosts and startups have until May 23rd to find a partner and submit a joint proposal for funding to pilot new technologies in New York City.