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UL Lafayette Students & Faculty-- Be a Shark!

We invite you to join us for an interactive forum & pitch competition that will bring together some of the best and brightest minds from around the country. This shark tank-style event, the 4th annual Get Started Medical pitch will feature the country’s hottest business ideas in the medical industry, and you can be a part of the excitement!

Watch as 7 companies pitch their healthcare innovations and compete for up to $40,000 in cash prizes.


Schedule Overview
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CST

Get Started Medical powered by Cox Business
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CST

State of Venture Capital in Louisiana with Mark Graffagnini, Partner with Callais Capital Management

Our Moderator
Monte Danos, Field Marketing Director, Cox Business Southeast Region

2021 Judges Panel

  • Mike Dozier, Chief Information Officer, Ochsner Lafayette General
  • Charles Edwards, CEO/ Advance Telehealth Consulting Solutions L.L.C. and One Telemed, LLC
  • Bruce D. Greenstein, LHC Group EVP, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
  • Trivia Frazier-Wiltz, PhD, MBA, Obatala Sciences Inc, President and CEO
  • Josh Sommer, Cox Communications, Vice President of New Growth

Meet Our Finalists

  • Crosscope (Mountain View, CA) is a medical artificial intelligence (AI) software company building flexible digital pathology workflows and AI-based clinical decision support tools for automating histopathology analysis for more accurate and efficient cancer diagnosis
  • General Genomics (Midland, TX) is a bioinformatics company harnessing the power of AI and machine learning (ML) to build a platform (Curo46) using algorithms on genetic markers, healthy history, and medical information to determine an individual’s health risks, appropriate preventative measures, customized treatment programs and more.
  • Kinnos’ (Brooklyn, NY) colorizing platform, Highlight®, colors bleach and bleach wipes a vivid blue to let us see our disinfection, instantly improving users' ability to correctly cover the entire surface being disinfected.
  • NEVAP (San Jose, CA) makes breathing tubes that remove pathogens during mechanical ventilation, reducing time on mechanical ventilation, the cost of treatment, and mortality in critically ill patients.
  • Prep Tech (Lafayette, LA) is a Louisiana-based medical device company with two product lines — ULTRAPREP streamlines/reduces OR time and ISOCUBE protects healthcare professionals and hospital visitors from COVID contamination.
  • Protean BioDiagnostics (Orlando, FL) is an innovative precision medicine diagnostic company with a focus on accelerating access to precision cancer treatments through its Oncology MAPS™ system.
  • SafeBVM (Chesterfield, MO) minimizes unsafe manual ventilation with resuscitation bags and its subsequent complications with near-ventilator precision, making emergency ventilation patient-centric.


Thank you to our partners for making the 4th annual Get Started Medical Pitch Competition possible!

Partners: Cox Business, Ochsner Lafayette General, and Opportunity Machine

Healthcare Partners: Louisiana Center for Health Innovation, The Advocate, Homebank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Cox Media, VieMed, and CGI

Supporting Partners: LHC Group, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Tides Medical, Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Innovation Ochsner, Acadian Companies, and Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA)

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