Find out which startups are participating in the Lafayette 2021 Get Started medical pitch competition

Seven innovative medical startups are competing for $ 40,000 in cash prizes at this year’s Get Started Medical Pitch competition, which is part of the Innovate South trade conference in Lafayette.

The event is virtual and free this year, but registration is required. The event will take place on November 15 at 1 p.m.

Each of the seven startups will present their product or service in the “Shark Tank” style competition to a panel of judges. This year’s panel includes Bruce Greenstein of the LHC Group, Aimee Quirk of Ochsner Health and Josh Summer of Cox Communications, among others.

Previous winners include Tennessee-based company Winter Innovations, which won the award in 2019 for its Easy whip needle – a new type of needle that makes overlocking easier and more efficient. In 2020, based in Boston DynamiCare won for its platform this technology for verifying saliva and urine tests, recording attendance at treatment, supervising and distributing rewards to users.

Here’s who will compete for this year’s prizes:

Preparation technique

Prep Tech, based in Lafayette, the only Louisiana company in the finalist group, offers two main product lines: ULTRAPREP and ISOCUBE.

ULTRAPREP is a preoperative skin preparation system outside of the operating room, allowing more efficient use of procedural time. The process involves putting the limb in a containment sleeve and pooling antiseptics.

ISOCUBE provides an extra layer of protection for healthcare workers. Working with personal protective equipment, ISOCUBE provides a barrier between workers and hospital patients with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.


California-based Crosscope, short for Computational Microscope, uses artificial intelligence to help doctors make accurate cancer diagnoses and improve patient outcomes.

General genomics

General Genomics, based in Midland, Texas, has built a platform called Curo46 that helps determine a person’s health risks, appropriate preventative measures, personalized treatment programs, and more.

General Genomics uses AI and machines to analyze a person’s genetic markers, health history, and medical information.


Brooklyn-based Kinnos uses a colorization platform called Highlight. The colorizer turns bleach and bleach wipes blue to show the area that has been sanitized to help users make sure an entire surface has been sanitized.

According to the Innovate South website, Highlight was named the best infection prevention product by Newsweek.


California-based NEVAP creates breathing tubes that work to eliminate pathogens, which can reduce mechanical ventilation time, lower the cost of treatment, and reduce patient mortality.

Protein bio-diagnostics

Orlando-based Protean BioDiagnostics has created a cancer diagnostic service called Oncology MAPS. The system uses the highest quality tests and can be tailored to meet the exact needs of a cancer patient during treatment.


Based in Missouri, SafeBVM adds an accessory called the SIP Safety Accessory to the bag’s valve mask, which makes emergency airway management safer. The accessory ensures that the air flow generated by pumping the bag is optimal and safe.

The product makes it where manual pumping of the bags achieves results similar to those of a mechanical ventilator.

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