December 08, 2016

Eight Startup Semifinalists Selected for the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge

Companies chosen for ability to identify innovative technology and creative solutions to improve the way people access and manage healthcare

NEW YORK and LONDON; December 8, 2016 – Giving people with disabilities the power to control objects with their minds, automating breast health monitoring and a wireless injectable device for connected drug delivery services are among the innovative technologies being developed by the eight semifinalists selected for the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge.

The Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge brings together leading-edge startups with prominent health and life sciences organizations to tackle some of the world’s greatest health challenges including access, affordability and transparency. The eight semifinalists were chosen from more than 500 applicants by leading industry executives from many of the largest health and life sciences companies in the world.

The Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge

“We’re extremely impressed with the energy and enthusiasm the startups have demonstrated when creating solutions that could disrupt the way traditional care is provided,” said Anne O’Riordan, senior managing director of Accenture Life Sciences and co-author of Healthcare Disrupted. “It’s exciting to work with the entrepreneurs because, like Accenture, they picture a future where technology solutions not only arm the health industry with far-more-sophisticated, fine-tuned data but also improve the lives of patients and provide better outcomes for healthcare providers.”

The Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge semi-finalists are:

“We will continue to connect startups from the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge with our clients to help foster new ideas and drive rapid, low-cost solutions to the industry’s toughest challenges as part of our Health Open Innovation Ecosystem,” said Brian Kalis, managing director of digital health at Accenture.

Selected finalists will deliver live presentations during the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge final round and awards ceremony to an exclusive panel of judges, including representatives from Aetna, AmerisourceBergen, Anthem, Bupa, Cardinal Health, Merck, Mercy, Kaiser Permanente, Novartis, Shire, and UCB. The top entrants will gain exposure and access to leading companies in their target market or therapeutic area. They will also be offered the opportunity to participate in StartUp Health’s Launchpad program.

The final judging round will take place at the StartUp Health Festival in San Francisco on January 9, 2017, during the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference and will be livestreamed online at Accenture is the lead Innovation Partner of the festival, which brings together more than 2,000 of the world’s leading healthcare innovators and investors.

This program from Accenture Health and Life Sciences is tied to Accenture Ventures, which identifies the most promising sources of innovation in the market, using an open innovation approach that involves working with start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, academic R&D, and corporate R&D groups around the world. Accenture Ventures is a key element of the Accenture Innovation Architecture which brings together the company’s capabilities – from research, ventures and labs to studios, innovation centers and delivery centers – to develop and deliver disruptive innovations for clients, and to scale them faster.

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Accenture Disclaimer
Accenture’s support of the selected companies will help them as they further develop their solutions and products. In supporting such initiatives, however, Accenture is in no way promoting or intending to market any one particular solution or product or otherwise offer or market a medical device or clinical solution. Each company uses its own operations to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

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