[VIDEO] 2020 $200K Challenge Pitch-Off Recap 

Finalists for the 2020 M2D2 $200K Challenge have been announced.

Last Thursday, September 17, we were pleased to virtually welcome nearly 250 entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, academics, and students to our 9th annual $200K Challenge Pitch-Off. While the pandemic kept us from gathering, networking, and seeing the 15 pitches and posters in person as in years past, virtual meeting technology literally transformed the Pitch-Off into an international event, with attendees able to take part from anywhere. Here’s our recap: 

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M2D2 Resident Company Versatope Therapeutics Receives NIAID Grant for C. diff Vaccine

versatope therapeutics is an M2D2 Resident Company

2020 continues to be a breakthrough year for M2D2 Resident Company Versatope Therapeutics, Inc. On September 9, they announced that they had been awarded a Phase 1 Small Business and Innovation Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This grant will support their development of a novel vaccine for the prevention and possible treatment for Clostridioides difficile, also known as C. diff.

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Meet a 2020 $200K Challenge Finalist: Aidar Health

Aidar Health is a Finalist in the 2020 UMass M2D2 $200K Challenge.

With the $200K Challenge right around the corner, the 15 innovative Finalists are preparing to pitch their unique solution on September 17th. Tickets to attend this annual and exciting event are free this year. Finalist Aidar Health is developing a transformative multisensor device, MouthLab™, which captures more than ten health parameters in under a minute, providing access to real-time digital biomarker feedback and actionable health insights. We talked to CEO Sathya Elumalai to discover what led them to the $200K Challenge.

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M2D2 and Deshpande Foundation Announce First International MedTech Forum 

The first M2D2 International MedTech Forum will take place October 8, 2020

On Thursday, October 8, six India-based life sciences startups will present their innovations to a virtual worldwide audience at the first-ever M2D2 International MedTech Forum. The Deshpande Foundation is sponsoring the event, which will bring attention to promising, life-saving ideas emerging from India’s vibrant and thriving innovation ecosystem. 

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Jennifer Griffin of Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to Keynote 2020 M2D2 $200K Challenge Pitch-Off 

M2D2 has announced that Jennifer Griffin, Ph.D., Vice President, Industry Strategy and Investments at Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), will deliver keynote remarks at the 9th Annual M2D2 $200K Challenge Finalist Pitch-Off. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Pitch-Off will take place virtually on Thursday, September 17 beginning at 5:00 pm eastern time. Life sciences entrepreneurs, investors, academics, researchers, students, and media from anywhere are invited. Tickets are free with registration. 

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