BioHouston Life Science Forum Spotlights Texas Biotech Innovation
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her neurologist husband created an app called iHeadache, an online diary that tracks frequency, duration, and type of migraines to help physicians better treat patients. Better QOL, which stands for “quality of life,” now wants funding to expand with a new website called iHeadache Assist, which would serve as a comprehensive portal between doctor and patient for migraine treatment. The Bellaire, TX-based company is working on a proof of concept study with Scott & White Hospital in Temple, TX.
Long, who is Better QOL’s CEO, shares an interest in technology with her husband, whom she first met at the Apple store. She says this year’s summit was her first foray into seeking outside investment. The couple has so far boot-strapped their startup investing about $130,000 of their own money into the company. BioHouston tells me that Better QOL was one of the most sought-after startups for the one-on-one sessions.
Clinata—As the founder of Dallas-based iProcess Global Research, Asker Ahmed says he saw firsthand the inefficiencies in the process by which researchers analyze hospitals and patient populations for clinical trials. This led him last year to launch Clinata, an online portal which has software that will sift through geographic locations of research sites, patient demographics, the regulatory landscape, and other data needed to choose clinical trial sites.
The website, which Ahmed says will go live in three to six months, will focus first on the U.S. and Canadian markets. Users will have limited free access to the site and then can pay a subscription of about $100 a month for more comprehensive access. The startup has raised $100,000 and is looking for $1 million to bring software programmers in-house and for marketing efforts.
Remind Technologies—What’s at stake when we forget to take our medicine? About $300 billion in preventable healthcare costs, according to Nicole Pardo, a physician and founder of Remind Technologies. The startup’s MindRx is an “intelligent smartphone case” which holds and dispenses pills and records when they are taken. Software prompts a reminder pop-up on the phone, along with advice on whether food or drink should also be ingested. Pardo says that electronic paper trail is linked to a patient’s records for better monitoring by caregivers.
Remind was founded last May and also participated in the Health Wildcatters accelerator in Dallas. The startup has raised $200,000 and will soon begin pilot testing at Texas Health Resources, the University of Minnesota in Fairview, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Johns Hopkins.