Sep 26, 2022

Announcing MedTech Actuator Origin Japan’s semi-finalists

Announcing MedTech Actuator Origin Japan’s semi-finalists

After three days of working closely with 14 medical startups in Japan, MedTech Actuator is excited to announce three semi-finalists who will join MedTech Actuator Origin in Australia in one month. 

MedTech Actuator Origin Japan – an early-stage innovation program for MedTech, BioTech, and HealthTech startups looking to explore Australia and the Asia-Pacific market – kicked off its first cohort this week, welcoming a diverse range of medical and health innovations that spanned across diagnostic imaging, bioprinting, endoscopy, elderly care and cancer treatments and care.

Emerging founders and entrepreneurs joined MedTech Actuator and partners, JETRO, OCCI, OBDA and industry experts, for a 3-day bootcamp in Osaka. Together, explored the medical startup ecosystems across Australia and Asia-Pacific and learned about pitching their innovations to a global market, commercialisation strategies and more. The program culminated at a Semi-final, where each startup pitched for their chance to come to Australia and join MedTech Actuator Origin in October.

Congratulations to Osaka Heat Cool, Relive and iDevice,Inc.

Judges and industry guests were blown away by the medical innovations and quality of each pitch. Congratulations to the selected semi-finalists:

  • Osaka Heat Cool (Thermo Scratch) | Kenzo Ibano | Osaka Heat Cool helps to tackle the symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis(AD), allergies, and other skin diseases by stopping itchiness using thermal illusion on the skin.
  • Relive (CureMind) | Risa Kaneda,Iizuka Sora, Kubo Tokumi  | CureMind is an online, high-availability, real-time access to cancer support services in a safe environment via a mobile application.
  • iDevice, Inc. | Yuto Kido |  iDevice has created the Javalla mask – a tailor-made ventilation mask that provides comfortable sealing and prevents skin injuries and discomfort.

Next, these Japanese startups will join MedTech Actuator in Melbourne next month for a week-long intensive program, where over five days they’ll learn from industry experts, pressure test their innovations, and network with and pitch to Australia’s startup ecosystem. 

Ultimately, one Japanese startup will be selected to return to Australia to pitch at the MedTech Actuator Showcase – an industry event attended by 300 experts in BioMedical innovation on December 1. At this event, startups will compete for a chance to win a $10K cash prize, over $5k worth of in-kind support, and a fast-tracked entry into MedTech Actuator Accelerator 2023  to accelerate the commercialisation of their ideas.

MedTech Actuator Origin Japan is sponsored by JETRO and co-organized with JETRO, OCCI and OBDA.

Applications are now open for MedTech Actuator Origin Australia 2022 

Do you have an idea, project or innovation in human health? Located in Australia? Find out more about MedTech Actuator Origin and apply today.

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