The competition received 75 submissions, and on March 8th, Sarah Cook, Olympus’ Senior Project Manager for Business Development, had the chance to cast her vote on behalf of Olympus for the most impressive pitch of the top 10 finalists.
“Overall, it was exciting to listen to these pitches and hear founders talk about the vision for their product,” she said. “Especially because [these innovations] were addressing a significant unmet need. The founders showed so much passion as many of them were personally touched by the problem they were trying to solve.”
The focus of the innovations varied – from women’s health, dialysis, and diabetes to early diagnosis, colorectal procedures, and postpartum depression. The first-place winner was Candlelit Therapy, for its point-of-care digital therapeutic platform.