Vanderbilt Startup Heads to California for Google’s Demo Day

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InvisionHeart, a Nashville-based startup based on a wireless electrocardiogram system, heads to California this week to pitch at Google’s inaugural Demo Day.

It is a fantastic opportunity to grow a valuable technology beyond the Vanderbilt and Nashville healthcare community.

InvisionHeart, LLC, a Vanderbilt startup based on a wireless electrocardiogram system, is headed to California for Google’s Demo Day April 2. The company is one of 10 startups nationwide chosen to participate in the inaugural event that provides the opportunity to learn from experts and gain exposure to Silicon Valley investors.

“We’re thrilled to be selected by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Google Ventures to present our technology to Silicon Valley investors and companies,” says CEO Josh Nickols. “It is a fantastic opportunity to access new capital and develop partnerships that will grow a valuable technology beyond the Vanderbilt and Nashville healthcare community.”

Nickols will have five minutes to pitch their products at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. A brief Q&A with the judges panel will follow and the winner will be chosen at the end of the event. The panel consists of Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution, co-founder of American Online (AOL) and chairman of UP Global and The Case Foundation; Stephanie Palmeri, Principal with SoftTech VC; and MC Siegler, general partner at Google Ventures.

InvisionHeart is a smart healthcare platform and digital ECG developed by Franz Baudenbacher, associate professor of biomedical engineering; Andre Diedrich, physician and research professor of medicine and biomedical engineering; Susan Eagle, physician and associate professor of clinical anesthesiology; Rene Harder, Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, and Jonathan Whitfield, M.Eng., biomedical engineer. It allows healthcare providers, first responders and patients to record and send current tracings of the heart’s electrical activity via a smartphone or tablet directly to physicians for interpretation. The smart healthcare platform can be expanded to monitor activity, posture, blood pressure, fluid status and cardiac stroke volume.

In 2013, InvisionHeart won first place in Vanderbilt University’s TechVenture Challenge, an initiative that teaches students how to turn patented ideas developed by Vanderbilt faculty members into marketable products. It was also recognized as a finalist in the Global Food and Health Innovation Challenge, part of Global South Summit, a forum in Nashville that brings together executives and experts from around the world to concentrate on food and health issues.

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