The Medical ’09 Contest was the third C2C competition and was a great success. It took place from March to May 2009. The focus of the contest was on medical devices and technology which is fast becoming a strong innovation cluster in Utah. The contest was open to anyone across the state however most applicants were from the Salt Lake area.
Over 55 applicants applied to the contest and of those, eight finalists were chosen. The finalists presented their ideas to a panel of judges on May 6th at the Miller Bussiness Resource Center in Sandy. After the judges deliberation, the winners were announced later that day at an awards ceremony.
InVectus BioMedical (now Azalea Biomedical) won the Medical ’09 Grand Prize with their Daisy Clip innovation. The Daisy-Clip is a non-surgical permanent contraception device for women. It blocks the fallopian tube, thus immediately and permanently preventing fertilization. After winning the contest, InVectus grew rapidly with much success. In 2012 InVectus (Azalea) was purchased by Hologic- a large medical device company. InVectus attributes this in part to winning the contest. www.azaleabiomedical.com
OtoKinetics Inc was chosen as one of the Runners-up in the Concept to Company contest. Their innovation is a surgically implanted invisible hearing device with extraordinary acoustic performance allowing hearing impaired persons to hear the same as individuals with normal hearing. www.Otokinetics.com ————————————————————— —
Fresh Medical Laboratories was awarded as a runner-up for the Salt Lake Company Contest. Their innovation is the TBB Scanner which is a non-invasive investigational device used to detect lung cancer in patients who are symptomatic, but who have not yet been diagnosed. ——————————————————————- ——————- —————-
What They Won
Cash (Grow Utah/ Zions Bank): $10K Grand Prize; $5K Each Runner-Up
Consulting Services (USTAR): $10K Grand Prize; $5K Each Runner-Up