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Startups FTW: Q4 2022 

What better way to close out 2022 than with a Q4 filled with nominations, awards, and funding gains!

Neuralert Technologies, Pippy Sips, Stel Life and Vital Start Health are just a few of the startups that received recognition for their innovations. It seemed like Science Center companies current and past, were popping up everywhere you turned- from news stories to “best of” lists to conventions and even Times Square. And of course, there’s the over $7.5 million in funds raised…

We were pleased to welcome two new startups to ic@3401, AB Fertility and the Center of Interventional Education for Disease Management (CIEDM), bringing our membership to 69 companies.

  • AB Fertility’s mission is to organize the advanced manufacturing of drug products for reproductive medicine.
  • CIEDM is working on rapid response, mobile urgent care that can provide diagnostic services and treatment at home, by advanced care providers.

Philly <> Israel

Strengthening our relationship with the Israeli startup community, the Science Center welcomed six digital health companies to Philadelphia through our partnership with RISE: Scaling Healthtech at Assuta.

The month-long cohort culminated in a week of introductions and meetings with Philadelphia healthcare systems and industry leaders and a night focused on Israeli innovation at Venture Café:

  • AccuLine - developers of CORA, an accurate and fast exam for the early detection of coronary artery disease.
  • Datability - a search engine making imaging-based decisions for clinicians.
  • Epilog - AI tools that help people make quality-of-life-oriented decisions, with a focus on medical decisions, during old age.
  • IdentifAi - a non-invasive fetus DNA tests using full genetic sequencing of the fetus to detect fetal genetic disorders at an early stage of pregnancy.
  • Senseera - a liquid biopsy test to monitor and diagnose a large variety of diseases with a single blood test.
  • Wotch - the first autonomous primary care assistant platform for doctors and their patients.


The big funding story for this final quarter: OnGuaranteed. The tech-enabled platform that seeks to provide more compassionate and efficient hospice and end-life-care raised $6.5 million dollars in a seed round. This brought their total funds raised to $9.5 million, one of the largest rounds raised by a solo, black, female entrepreneur- founder Jessica McGlory. The news was covered by Axios, Work Week and MedCity News (among others).

Keriton, an app for tracking breastmilk and formula feedings in NICUs raised $1 million to grow its client base and double its technical team in 2023.

Mom Your Business, which provides support for minority female founders, received 1Philadelphia’s first grant for organizations who are working to increase the number of underrepresented individuals working in tech and innovation careers.

Neuralert device featured in TIME

Awards and Recognition

Neuralert Technologies continuous wearable stroke detection device was among TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2022.

Stel Life the digital health company specializing in remote patient care access, was selected as a UCSF Rising Star Digital Health Finalist.

Healthcare and IT staffing firm, MetaSense ranked #52 in the Philly 100 List by the Philadelphia 100 Forum.

Rajatesh Gudibande, CEO of the needle-free glucose monitoring system, GraphWear Technologies Inc is among Business Insider’s list of Top 100 People Transforming Business.

PopCheck Technologies and its founder, Erika Dillard are recognized as an Inno Fire Awards honoree, for her medical device company which specializes in remote monitoring technology to eliminate the occurrence of complications following surgical procedures.

Viora Health and Joelle Tolifero, founder of Your Care Collective won Awards in the categories of Tech Company and Culture Builder of The Year, respectively. Pippy Sips was also nominated for Invention of the Year.

Vital Start Health founder Kirthika Parmeswaran

Competitions and Presentations

Vital Start Health, the AI-based maternal mental health device was selected among 120 emerging companies as a 2022 Women’s Health Innovation Showcase Finalist.

Along with remote at-home patient monitoring company, envoyatHome, Vital Start Health was also selected to present at this years' Angel Venture Fair.

Viora Health, a patient care platform for managing healthcare remotely to overcome social determinants of health, was selected to participate in the HLTH Startup Pitch Competition.

PopCheck Technologies presented at the AdvaMed conference in Boston, on the same week that founder Erika Dillard graduated from the MedTech Innovator Accelerator program.

Erika Dillard of Popcheck Technologies

Seen and Heard

Vital Start Health's social impact was featured in a video from Citizens Bank, as of their 2022 Small Business Community Champion Award Winners.

Fido Cure's Co-Founder and CEO, Christina Lopes was profiled in Capital Finance International for her trailblazing work in canine cancer care.

Erika Dillard and PopCheck Technologies may be based in Memphis, but the company’s success is still a win for Philadelphia, covered in Philly.

AAPlasma’s Oxystrike Platform, adapted during the pandemic to disinfect PPE, was highlighted in the Department of Defense’s 2020 Industrial Capabilities Congressional Report.

Biolattice Founder, Amelia Zellander was featured in a Science Center blog post, Embracing the Never-Perfect, Always Uncertain Path of Entrepreneurship for her mission to restore sight to millions worldwide who suffer from corneal blindness.

Tanya Morris of Mom Your Business was a guest speaker of Solomon Jones’ program on WURD radio.

Evan Leapheart, founder of Kiddie Kredit an app to educate children about managing credit, was featured on a recent episode of NASDAQ’s YouTube series, TradeTalks.

Dr.Brownies, a vegan, plant-based dessert startup appeared on Fox29 News to help celebrate Brownie Day.


Pippy Sips launched its flagship product, MAIA, a portable storing, cooling and monitoring system for breast milk.

The Research Post, a visual peer-reviewed publishing channel announced the publication of its first two peer-reviewed research posts.

New Partnership

PeopleJoy, a financial wellness organization to help students manage their debt has finalized a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania for their services.

NYC Billboard Alert

Adventurely, a travel app for digital nomads to connect and meet up, collaborated with FinTech company, Brex by appearing in Times Square in a video for their #GrowWithBrex campaign.