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March 17, 2017 | Technical.ly Philly
On the first day of SXSW Interactive, former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a powerful message to a captivated crowd. He was in Austin to announce his foundation’s new cancer initiative. The enthusiasm of the audience was reflective of a highly healthcare-centric SXSW. The trade show, interactive programs and keynote addresses by folks like IBM boss Ginni Rometty and Johnson & Johnson chief exec Alex Gorsky had a common message: data will transform healthcare.
That’s a message that make sense to me. At Oncora Medical, the Philadelphia healthcare startup I lead, we like to say we’re fighting cancer with data. Our software platform for oncologists leverages data about past cancer cases to design personalized radiation treatments and has the potential to drastically improve outcomes. Our first time exhibiting at SXSW was amazing. Our booth was directly across from NASA, and the AR/VR renderings of rocket launches and the moon landing reminded me of the difficulty and importance of the work we’re doing to improve healthcare.
Allow me to channel Biden, who declared war on cancer through his original Cancer Moonshot back in 2016: Every healthcare company, large and small, has their part to play to make incredible advances possible.
We feel so lucky to be down here in Austin with our peers representing Philly. The full Philly health tech cohort includes a mix of both new and well-established Philadelphia-based companies:
Some anchor institutions from Philly’s health innovation ecosystem also got in on the fun. To name a few:
The Science Center’s president and CEO, Stephen Tang, said it best: “As part of a vibrant city and region with world-class science and innovation assets, we’re proud to call Philly home. Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It requires the participation and support of a diverse group of organizations – and collaboration is at the core of Philadelphia’s innovation community. That’s why we’re eager to show off Philadelphia at SXSW with Amplify Philly.”