[UPDATED] M2D2 Announces 2021 $200K Challenge Finalists!

15 finalists have been selected from more than 170 applicants for the 10th Annual M2D2 $200K Challenge.

LOWELL, Massachusetts – The University of Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) today announced the finalists in its 10th annual $200K Challenge after reviewing the 170+ applications.

The 15 finalists, all early-stage medical device, diagnostic, and biotech companies, will be eligible for a share of $200,000 in sponsor-provided, in-kind services. These services can include use of facilities including lab and office space; and engineering, product development, legal, regulatory, clinical, and business services.

Mary Ann Picard, M2D2 Director of Operations, commented on the Finalist selection process: “Every year, the Challenge gives us a peek at amazing early-stage ideas in medical devices, medtech, biotech, and therapeutics. This year is our second time hosting the Challenge virtually. We are excited that attendees from anywhere can learn about these startups’ innovative solutions.”

Attend the 2021 $200K Awards Celebration FREE on Zoom.

“Over the last 10 years, we’ve met hundreds of startups through the $200K Challenge with a moving personal story that’s driving them to develop their idea. These innovators truly want to make the world a better, healthier place.”

About M2D2

M2D2 assists entrepreneurs in the medical-device and biotech sector in moving new products from concept to commercialization. It is a joint venture of University of Massachusetts Medical School, which provides medical expertise and assistance with clinical trials, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, which offers expertise in business and engineering. M2D2 has three locations, two in Lowell and one on the campus of the UMass Medical School.

Meet our 2021 $200K Challenge Finalists:

AcousticaBio – Reformulated intravenously-delivered biologics for subcutaneous injections

Aidar Health – A non-invasive, hand-held, home monitoring device.

Apercu – Non-invasive and mobile on-catheter monitoring system for CAUTIs

Assure Technologies – Precise syringe for accurate small volume medication measurements 

BioSens8 – Novel class of biosensors

Breegi Scientific, Inc. – Single use wearable airlock head chamber system 

D&P Bioinnovations – Immune modulating anti-inflammatory organ regeneration platform

General Prognostics Inc. – Platform for continuous blood biomarker monitoring 

Kalia Health – Urine-based POC detection test for preeclampsia

SaluTech Limited – Using conductive biomaterials to treat Atrial Fibrillation

Theromics Inc. – Thermal accelerant for the ablation of soft tissue 

Tremedics Medical Devices – Bioresorbable stent composed of poly-L-lactide fibers

Tritheter Corp – Smart catheter system

UMass Medical School – Novel In-vitro and in-vivo hydrogel

Weill Cornell – 3D rendering MRI technology

Stay Online After the Pitch-Off Ends

After the Finalist Pitch-Off, join us for a virtual networking opportunity in Zoom Break-out Rooms. The 10 poster presenters chosen for the $200K Challenge will present their innovations and contact information to attendees for the chance to follow-up with questions.

Meet our 2021 $200K Challenge Poster Presenters:

Akttyva Therapeutics – Drug discovery MK2 protein target platform

AOA Dx Inc – Non-invasive liquid biopsy cancer test

Children’s Hospital Philadelphia – Adaptive assist devices for cone enema system

Dogodan Therapeutics, Inc. – Nucleic acid based therapeutics for lung disorders

Enable Therapeutics – Large molecule drug delivery technologies

MindMics – Novel health monitoring system

Navadix – Multi-modal sulfated non-anticoagulant heparins

Ortholevo, Inc. – Joint injection for degenerative neuromuscular disorders

Phiex Technologies, Inc. – Novel medical device sterilization solution

RepairStroke – Self-assembling peptide hydrogels to repair stroke lesions

Steradian Technologies, Inc. – Hand-held breath pathogen detection 30-second device

VoluMetrix – Non-invasive venous waveform analysis device

Register for these FREE virtual
2021 $200K Challenge events:

$200K Challenge Pitch-Off — Wednesday, March 24 @ 5pm ET
Awards Celebration — Wednesday, April 7 @ 5pm ET

Thanks to our 2021 $200K Challenge sponsors: