The latest group of teams for ZeroTo510, the Memphis Bioworks Foundation’s medical device incubator, has a little international flare.
Of the four companies selected for the 12-week program, one of them, GlucosAlarm, is from Chihuahua, Mexico.
Allan Daisley, co-founder of ZeroTo510, said the program received applications from 10 countries covering six continents.
“Our goal is to keep the quality up and bring some more national and international exposure to the program to make this a world-class accelerator that shows how medical devices should happen,” Daisley said. “We’re becoming an international name.”
In addition to GlucosAlarm, which has developed a technology to measure glucose in the urine of diabetic patients, the teams participating ZeroTo510 are:
Sweet Bio, with ties to both the University of Memphis and San Francisco, makes membranes for tissue regeneration used in oral surgeries utilizing medical-grade honey as one of the ingredients
SiteSaver, from Little Rock, provides hospitals with a simple device that protects and preserves patients’ IV sites and central lines
Inspire Living, from Fairfax Station, Virginia, offers a portable health monitor that enables anyone, anywhere, to conduct an automated respiratory and rapid vitals exam on a child
Daisley is also impressed with the fact that this year’s companies are “a little further along in the process” than past groups, which could play a major role in their success at Demo Day.
“What’s usually slower is the ability to get prototypes and actual product design together,” Daisley said. “Since they’re further along, we’ll see many more teams entering phase one with good prototypes to show off.”