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Boston Children’s Names Three Finalists for Next Week’s “Innovation Tank”

BCHInnovationTankToday, Boston Children’s Hospital announced the three finalists who will be fighting for $30,000 and investment advice at the live pitch-off Innovation Tank next Friday, October 31, 2014.

The live pitch off, hosted by Shark Tank’s Daymond John as part of the Boston Children’s Global Pediatric Summit, Taking on Tomorrow, will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center.


Care Aline Products, founded by Kezia and Mike Fitzgerald, came out of their daughter Saoirse’s battle with neuroblastoma. When Saoirse was undergoing chemotherapy, her parents created sleeves and wraps for her that eventually became a business. The wraps manage PICC and central lines, catheters, and PEG and G-GJ lines, keeping the lines off the skin and bypassing the need for tape to hold the lines in place.

HubScrub is a cordless device that automates and standardizes sterilization of the external connector of a central line, called the hub, with the potential to lower the risk of infection. Bloodstream infections are a major cause of pediatric complications, but founders Sarah Goldberg, MD, and Ali Ataollahi, PhD, believe that these infections are preventable. They hope to reduce costs, reduce mortality rates and free caregivers to focus on other time-sensitive tasks and patient care.

Kurbo Health offers an engaging mobile app to help young people eat healthier and lose weight. It’s designed for children ages 8 to 18 and is supplemented by weekly personal coaching over the phone and texts aimed at supporting healthy habits. Founders Joanna Strober and Thea Runyan have already licensed the program from the Lucile Packard Weight Control Program at Stanford University.

Next Friday, these three finalists will pitch their ideas in front of venture capitalists, clinicians, researchers and industry leaders, hoping to win investment capital and advice. One finalist could win all of the money, or the judges could choose to divide the $30,000 pot between the three companies – you’ll have to attend to find out what happens. And if you can’t, check back in next week. We’ll be there reporting live.

Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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