It’s been said before, and it certainly applies here: the competition was tough! It’s hard to imagine how difficult a decision this was for our judges. But, decide they did. The results are in!
The IBM SmartCamp Global Finals 2013 winner is Coriell Life Sciences! Congratulations to them!
It was probably the story Scott Megill, Coriell’s CEO, told while he was on stage. He spoke about Doris, an 85 year old woman who was taking 14 different medications. She’s faced with having to take a new medication now, Scott goes to say, but her doctor may not fully understand what kind of adverse side effects Doris could experience taking all these medications together.
That’s where Coriell Life Sciences enters the scene. With a simple swipe of the inside of her cheek, Coriell Life Sciences can determine whether or not the drugs shes taken are best for her. How do they do this? By looking at her DNA. With their DNA testing, Coriell Life Sciences is able to determine that Doris’ new medication might cause her serious health issues, like blood clotting. With this information, her doctor now has the complete information needed to make a better decision for her health.
And here’s a staggering figure: $135 Billion is wasted due to adverse drug reaction in the US. Not mention the most important thing, quality of life!
Coriell Life Sciences, like many of the other finalists, are in the business of saving lives. They are poised to be very successful, and people’s lives will be improved as a result.
Coriell Life Sciences wasn’t the only one to walk away with a trophy in hand. Shopa proved to be the most popular startup and they received the People’s Choice Award. Looking at the vote total, it was clear that Shopa has a very loyal fan base! Good on them!
Now, we celebrate with all the finalists. Tomorrow, we began focusing on the next round of startup competitions, as we prepare to crown the winner for 2014. Will that be you? It could be, if you’re a startup and compete in the IBM SmartCamp competition!