Thank you for your interest in the Peripheral Interventions X Challenge competition.
The submission deadline was March 30, 2017 and the competition is now officialy closed. Stay tuned for more X Challenges!
- Anyone who is an innovator, disruptor or visionary
All submissions are welcome
- Individuals or teams with great ideas
- Early stage companies
Thursday March 30th, 2017
Finals: Selected teams will pitch their projects in an exclusive event held on May 23-25, 2017
- All finalists will benefit from an exclusive mentoring package which will include top notch marketing, regulatory, intellectual property, R&D, public relations and finance consultation.
- First prize is a trip to Boston Scientific’s headquarters in Minneapolis, USA, to pitch the idea to senior management.
SCOPE OF COMPETITION
The competition will be held in two tracks – Track 1 for tangible medical devices and Track 2 for digital health solutions. Submission may address any or all of the above challenges
TRACK 1 – MEDICAL DEVICES
1. PEDAL/TIBIAL ACCESS
When a patient has CLI (Critical Limb Ischemia) sometimes pedal/tibial access is necessary to treat the occlusion causing the ischemia. Accessing these arteries is challenging – it is currently done using a needle and under ultrasound. We are looking for new improved ways to access pedal and tibial arteries which will be easier, faster and more predictable than current method of access.
2. RENDEZVOUS – ANTEGRADE/RETROGRADE CONNECTORS
Sometimes after failed recanalization of occluded tibial segments, the antegrade wire or catheter can be left in place as a target for re-entry from a retrograde access. Existing practice of rendezvous of antegrade and retrograde access points includes threading a guidewire which was introduced retrograde to a microcatheter introduced antegrade (all under fluoroscopy and contrast agent). This requires great skill and time. We are looking for solutions which will make the antegrade and retrograde rendezvous easier and faster for the physician.
3. VENOUS CHRONIC OBSTRUCTION TREATMENT
For patients who suffer from chronic venous obstruction, we are looking for ways to effectively treat the obstruction and restore blood flow. Solutions should be delivered minimally invasive with the ability to treat different levels of obstruction texture (such as webbing, adhesion, firm clot) yet without the risk of vein perforation. A perfect solution would not only open the obstruction but also treat it for long term restoration of blood flow.
4. TREATMENT OF MASSIVE PULMONARY EMBOLISM
Massive Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is life threatening and needs to be treated immediately. We are looking for minimally invasive solutions to treat the massive PE – remove the large clot or lots of clots that are in arteries near the center of the lungs. Solutions should be easy to use, enable a quick procedure and be more effective than current therapies.
5. VENOUS REFLUX TREATMENT
When peripheral valves fail, the circulation of blood in the lower extremities is disturbed. We are looking for a solution that will enable unidirectional flow of blood by addressing the failure of the valves. Solutions should focus on an effective intervention vs. chronic, long term management of the problem.
TRACK 2 – DIGITAL HEALTH
Digital health solutions for the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) such as critical limb ischemia, venous reflux disease, venous chronic obstruction etc.
HOW TO APPLY
FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FORM
On April 3rd, 2017 – Selected applicants will be interviewed by experts from MEDX Xelerator and BeWell.il
who will choose the X Challenge finalists!