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Showcase Celebrates Local Companies with Global Impact

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Founders League are collaborating toshowcase local companies pioneering new health and wellness solutions. The diversity of these companies captures the depth of activity happening across Rhode Island’s startup scene and highlights the global impact these companies are already having on the world. Below is the second in a nine-part blog series on these special local companies.

A lively crowd of entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals, and startup aficionados joined Founders League and Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island for a showcase on June 10 to celebrate local health and wellness companies that are having a big global impact.

President of Blue Cross Blue Shield Peter Andruszkiewicz kicked off the event by sharing his vision for how BCBSRI seeks to support a very strong startup culture in Providence. Peter and the rest of the BCBSRI executive board were on hand to participate in the showcase, providing feedback to the presenters, asking questions and sharing how they thought BCBSRI could help these exciting ventures grow.

The showcase was moderated by Founders League directors Melissa Withers and Allan Tear. After a ceremonial gong (a tradition at Founders League events), each company was allotted five minutes to present their work. Quonset-based Focal Upright kicked things off, discussing how their ergonomic office furniture is changing the way that we work. Next, Erik Wernevi of Nordic Technologies, shared his company’s approach for improving how we enable aging people to live better in their own homes. Edesia Global wowed the audience with their simple but effective approach for ending childhood malnutrition. Phoenix Medical Technologies surprised the crowd with a sneak peek at their newest device: an ear implant that helps combat the effects of ADD/ADHD.

Betaspring alumni Sproutel shared their recent work to expand from childhood diabetes to a line of games and toys that help children with a variety of health concerns stay healthy.Carethread CEO Nick Adams presented updates on market traction they’ve made bringing their secure messaging platform for care providers.

Wound care experts Aspiera Medical discussed how their topical creams can dramatically improve healing in patients who need it most. Maeve Donohue encouraged the audience to stay connected via MedMates, the premiere professional networking group for health-technology innovators in Rhode Island. And closing the show, HealthID Profile founder Angelo Pitassi shared updates on HIP’s progress bringing better healthcare information management to the masses.

Then, in classic Founders League style...we turned up the tunes and enjoyed a reception where participants and presenters could connect and explore opportunities for collaboration. If you couldn’t make it this time, please be sure to sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss our next meetup!

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