Diagnostics Startup of the Year

Judging Criteria

The Diagnostics Startup of the Year Award recognizes the achievements of either a genuine startup or a business that has moved into a new field. Elbowing into a new space in an already crowded industry takes guts, perseverance, brilliant marketing and a tremendous ability to learn fast. Judges will look for businesses that are establishing themselves as a key player in the diagnostics field. In the interests of evaluating track records, judges will consider businesses created since 2008.

Congratulations to the nominees for this award:

  • Diassess
  • Bikanta
  • Privail
  • Mindera

Medical Device Startup of the Year

Judging Criteria

The Medical Device Startup of the Year Award recognizes the achievements of either a genuine startup or a business that has moved into a new field. Elbowing into a new space in an already crowded industry takes guts, perseverance, brilliant marketing and a tremendous ability to learn fast. Judges will look for businesses that are establishing themselves as a key player in the medical device field. In the interests of evaluating track records, judges will consider businesses created since 2008.

Congratulations to the nominees for this award:

  • Ocular Dynamics
  • Twelve
  • ChemoFilter
  • Pelvalon

Synthetic Biology Startup of the Year

Judging Criteria

The Synthetic Biology Startup of the Year Award recognizes the achievements of either a genuine startup or a business that has moved into a new field. Elbowing into a new space in an already crowded industry takes guts, perseverance, brilliant marketing and a tremendous ability to learn fast. Judges will look for businesses that are establishing themselves as a key player in the synbio field. In the interests of evaluating track records, judges will consider businesses created since 2008.

Congratulations to the nominees for this award:

  • Bolt Threads
  • Industrial Microbes
  • Lygos
  • Zymergen

Therapeutics Startup of the Year

Judging Criteria

The Therapeutics Startup of the Year Award recognizes the achievements of either a genuine startup or a business that has moved into a new field. Elbowing into a new space in an already crowded industry takes guts, perseverance, brilliant marketing and a tremendous ability to learn fast. Judges will look for businesses that are establishing themselves as a key player in the therapeutics field. In the interests of evaluating track records, judges will consider businesses created since 2008.

Congratulations to the nominees for this award:

  • 4D Molecular Therapeutics
  • Nurix
  • Neurona
  • Principia

Groundbreaking Science

Judging Criteria

The Groundbreaking Science Award will be given for an innovation in life science that represents a fundamental shift in value and requires a change in the way science is done. Remember what Google did when search was "dead.” We're looking for a technology that was created based on exploiting an existing technology that doesn’t work very well, has no market for it and no clear path to profitability in the beginning.

Congratulations to the nominees for this award:

  • Caribou Biosciences
  • Circle Pharma
  • ViewPoint Therapeutics
  • Magnetic Insight