Swiss Medtech Award shortlist revealed

Four startups and two established companies made it to the shortlist of the Swiss Medtech Award 2021. Over the next weeks, the jury will identify three finalists that will present their solutions to the audience during the Swiss Medtech Day on 8 September 2021. 

The Swiss Medtech Award recognises the most outstanding medical technologies in Switzerland. For the 23rd edition, the jury has selected six companies that will proceed to the next stage to compete for one of the three spots in the final round. The finalists will present their solutions to the audience and the jury during the annual Swiss Medtech Day, which for the first time is dedicated to one focus topic: «Digital Health Technology». The winner will be awarded during the event on 8th September 2021 at Kursaal Bern. 

The following startups were selected for the shortlist:

Earlysight (2019) – is developing a breakthrough eye fundus camera able to image the retina in a highly detailed way up to single-cell level. The instrument can observe the tissue degenerative process associated with retinal diseases and detect its first signs, enabling early diagnosis and treatments.

Scewo (2017) – designed and developed Scewo Bro, a balancing wheelchair for disabled people that allows them to climb stairs and drive around very agile. Unlike the competition, Scewo combines design and technology in one device. With the device almost any kind of stairs and steps can be climbed. This gives back the ability to use the public transport independently, go over any curb in the city and enter any restaurant that has no stair-lift.

GalvoSurge Dental AG (2015) – the GalvoSurge Dental Implant Cleaning System GS 1000 removes biofilm from an exposed endosseus implant by generating gaseous hydrogen (bubbles) that mechanically lift the biofilm matrix from the implant surfaces. The product is indicated for use by a dental professional to clean permanent, electrically conductive endosseous dental implants in patients with mucositis and/or periimplantitis.

Domosafety (2009) – the company’s home care services allow seniors to stay at home as long as possible with a good quality of life. The artificial intelligence of DomoSafety is able to detect specific emergency situations and worrying short to long term behavioural patterns in real-time and automatically alerts the healthcare eco-system surrounding the senior.

ICOTEC (1999) – is a pioneer in the development of implants for spine tumor stabilization allowing for the most accurate and safe radiation therapy due to artefact-free imaging. The nonmetallic, radiolucent BlackArmor® material developed by icotec is biocompatible, and has been successfully implanted for over 15 years. Its X-ray translucency allows for better delineation of the tumor from healthy tissue, optimizes radiotherapy planning and tumor treatment and facilitates clear, postoperative assessment of the site of care.

Leica microsystems (1998) – developed GLOW800, a surgical microscope accessory used in viewing intra-operative blood flow in the cerebral-vascular area and bypass grafts during coronary artery bypass surgery. It is typically used in Neurosugery to allow surgeons to see the fluorescence as an augmented reality overlapping the vessels in which blood is flowing while keeping the view of the surrounding anatomic environment of the surgical site.

(Press release/RAN)