Mayo Clinic innovations and innovators were highlighted during the second annual Roadrunner Sprint, which was held May 5 at the Arizona State University Health Futures Center Auditorium. The Roadrunner Sprint is organized and sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship. In this "Shark Tank"-like event, 10 teams of Mayo staff entrepreneurs pitched their solutions to clinical problems in front of about 75 attendees and a panel of expert judges.
Anu Sreedhar, Ph.D., program developer for the Office of Entrepreneurship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, moderated the event and outlined the criteria by which the judges would evaluate pitches. Teams had to answer the following questions: What is the problem? What is the solution? Why you? Why now? What is the business case?
The top three pitches were announced by Richard Gray, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and will advance to pitch their ideas at Venture Café-Phoenix in the fall. The winning pitches and teams were:
Innovation and entrepreneurship supports commercialization, which is a Mayo Clinic research priority, and moves Mayo Clinic forward into the future of health care. Events like the Roadrunner Sprint are essential to provide innovators with the tools, connections and resources they need to turn innovative ideas into an entrepreneurial success.
The next Roadrunner Sprint competition is scheduled for May 2023.
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