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RegDesk – Reinventing Regulatory™

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RegDeskTM is the developer of a cutting-edge, A.I.-powered intelligence software system that provides medical device companies with competitive regulatory insights.

The Challenge

Getting medical products to market is an extremely arduous process that every medical device and pharmaceutical company, big and small, is struggling with. In fact, obtaining regulatory approval in foreign markets is one of the biggest hurdles these companies must clear when attempting to expand globally. Companies may spend several months gathering regulatory intelligence and preparing registration applications before submitting their dossiers to local health authorities.

Globally, over 60% of applications submitted to local health agencies are rejected for reasons unrelated to the safety and effectiveness of the product.

Misinterpreting local regulations and guidelines and proceeding with erroneous intelligence are oftentimes the main causes of rejection. The failure to clench approval from health authorities results in significant delays in product launch, which can hurt patients’ access to life-saving treatments and cost product manufacturers millions of dollars in lost revenue and massive slices of market share.

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Our Solution

RegDesk ™ is the developer of an A.I.-powered regulatory intelligence solution that covers over 100 markets globally. Our software suite incorporates machine learning, powerful visualization tools, and crowd-sourcing to deliver comprehensive, actionable regulatory insights to our clients, making it a complete regulatory intelligence solution for companies that are ready to expand internationally and penetrate foreign markets.

Key Product Features

• Offers instant access to comprehensive regulatory intelligence for over 100 markets worldwide
• Identifies required registration dossier components for the product and market in question
• Predicts which markets clients should penetrate next as they prepare applications for their target markets
• Leverages a network of 4,000+ compliance experts to provide clients with multiple validated answers to their most critical questions
• Keeps track of the world’s ever-evolving regulatory landscape so that clients don’t have to
• Delivers product-specific alerts so that clients can see the changes that are most relevant to their case

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RegDesk ™ delivers instant access to the most current and most competitive regulatory intelligence, streamlines the registration application process, expedites time-to-market, and pushes companies to awaken their latent market potential.

Clients can save upwards of 4 months of time when they choose to work with RegDesk ™ over traditional regulatory consulting firms. Decreasing time-to-market increases internal cost savings, leads to faster revenue generation for our clients, and advances patient access in countries all over the world.

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3401 Market Street, Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19104 |

Bristol-Myers Squibb – a Global Biopharmaceutical Company

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Together, we make the difference.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company with a unique strategy that leverages the reach and resources of a major pharma company and pairs it with the entrepreneurial spirit and agility of a biotech firm. We work every day to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.

Each day, our employees around the world work together for patients – it drives everything we do. We deliver for patients today while discovering and developing transformational medicines for patients tomorrow.

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Across our company, we focus on innovation and collaboration to drive new ideas and develop transformative solutions to help patients with their unmet medical needs. Our highly skilled workforce at our North America Capability Center, located in Tampa, Florida, provides strategic capabilities to support our customers, patients and colleagues. Our diverse workforce and inclusive culture is vital for innovation and essential to deliver our mission. We empower our colleagues to pursue innovative ideas to improve the way we work and to grow to their fullest potential. With our patients at the center of everything we do, we strive every day to make a difference for them, and for the communities in which we live and work.

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4931 George Road, Tampa, FL 33635
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West Pharmaceutical – By Your Side for a Healthier World

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An Industry Leader

West is a global leader in the integrated containment and delivery of injectable medicines. If you’ve ever been vaccinated for the flu or needed to take any other medicine that is administered through an IV or injection, you’ve probably come in contact with a West product. Perhaps you’ve seen a vial or a syringe, or maybe you carry an auto-injector. With each of these drug delivery systems, you’ll often find a West-manufactured stopper, plunger or seal. These components form a critical barrier between the medicine and our environment. West makes 41 billion components annually, which equates to millions of patients utilizing our products every day. As a trusted partner to the world’s top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, we are working by the side of our customers to improve patient health by ensuring the safe and effective delivery of these injectable medicines and therapies. Headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, USA, West has more than 50 locations, including 28 manufacturing facilities around the world, and a talented workforce of more than 7,500 team members.

A Great Place to Work

West is a growing, international organization, and we are committed to attracting and retaining the best, most talented workforce to deliver on our promise of a healthier world. We strive to create a workplace that is inclusive of all people, where employees feel respected and valued, and have the opportunity to excel. We are focused on innovation and technology, working hard to stay one step ahead of the needs of our customers. Employees at West have the opportunity to be part of a market-leading company at the forefront of its industry. By the nature of our focus on addressing current and future healthcare challenges through innovative containment and delivery of medications, West is also dedicated to making a difference in the community. Proudly, West has a long and distinguished history of supporting and giving back to the communities in which we live and work.

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What Our Employees Say

“The reasons I have been with West for so many years are the people and the opportunities. As an employee, you can feel that the company really cares about you and your career. West provides opportunities to grow and develop different skills across the organization and in a variety of disciplines. Management has always been supportive of developing people within the organization and giving them a chance to succeed.” – Jennifer Riter, Sr. Director, Lab Services, Employee for more than 20 years.

“West provides me a tremendous opportunity to work with globally diverse and talented teammates who share a passion for delivering quality and value to our customers. Additionally, I get the personal satisfaction of knowing that I made a positive impact on the lives of the countless patients who benefit from our products every day.” – Todd Sowinksi, Director, Corporate Development & Strategy, Employee for 3 years.

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Building A Culture of Innovation

West has a 95-year legacy of innovation in manufacturing. We have been part of many “firsts” throughout history, resulting in the industry leadership position we hold today. Our challenge is to determine how we can innovate and evolve for the next 95 years, so that we are successfully anticipating our customers’ needs by continuously improving our product and service offerings. But at West, innovation is not just about developing new products – it’s also about creating disruptive opportunities. For more than a decade, West has had a dedicated Innovation Team that looks specifically for opportunities to evolve our entire organization. We encourage agile collaboration in creative environments to foster new ideas and promote the adoption of new technologies. We have established common global innovation processes and a collaboration platform in order to share and convert information into insights, and insights into new products and services for customers. Through this, we are empowering every team member at West to participate in our innovation journey. In addition, each year West welcomes a new group of Innovation Ambassadors from around the globe to serve as change agents and advocates for global innovation. They are taught design thinking methods, tools and practices from West’s Innovation Playbook and, once they’ve completed the program, serve as peer leaders for innovation across the organization.

Innovation at Work

West has established a rapid prototyping Center of Excellence and Community of Practice that keeps a finger on the pulse of 3D printing technology, constantly assessing, leveraging and sharing knowledge on the latest additive materials and technologies. This enables rapid prototyping of new products and solutions, from conception through development. This serves to drastically reduce our development timelines, and allows teams to learn and ideate quickly and early. We are not just using these tools to create a product but to evaluate the whole user experience from start to finish. This is just one example of how innovation comes to life every day at West.

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530 Herman O. West Drive
Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
Phone: 610-594-2900
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Health Union – Integrates the Power of Human Connection with Technology

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Health Union - integrates the power of human connection with technology


integrates the power of human connection with technology to bring people together.

When people living with chronic health conditions think of the resources that will help them throughout their journey, health care professionals, treatments and care teams often top the list. However, nobody understands the pain, fatigue and frustration of living with a chronic condition better than those who are affected, every day.

After many years working as marketers at a large pharmaceutical company, co-founders Tim Armand and Olivier Chateau learned that the people living with these conditions wanted more than just information and that healthcare and pharmaceutical companies needed more meaningful ways to engage. With this idea, they co-founded Health Union, LLC starting with in 2010. Since the first day, Health Union’s mission has never changed — do what is right for people.

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People are the most important ingredient into the success of building, growing and sustaining Health Union’s communities. Health Union’s obsession starts with “meeting people where they are,” when they need it most, in its communities, in its company and with its partners. The company has seen that only good things come from doing the right thing, and leverages its culture and core values of community, inclusion, transparency and excellence to bring that to life and keep everyone enthusiastic, engaged and accountable for their contributions.

A fundamental aspect of Health Union’s success is how the company integrates human connection with technology. The company does this by building online communities where people impacted by challenging, chronic health concerns can learn, share and connect. Through these online communities, the team at Health Union encourages social interactions that evolve into meaningful health conversations that build sustainable relationships, at scale. Building these relationships requires careful cultivation within our teams.

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Note: Local artist, Bill Strobel of Chalk Art Philadelphia, creates original wall art and murals adorning our offices on Chestnut St. and Sansom St. - including a huge replica drawing of Philadelphia City Hall
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When opening its first office in Center City in 2015, there was no question that Philadelphia was the right place to be. This is a vibrant, growing city that attracts high quality talent and is conveniently located near many clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. As of 2018, Health Union offices have expanded to more than 13,000 square feet, and its employee family has grown to over 100 people strong, and still growing. From community managers with varied backgrounds to technology experts with very specific skill sets, Health Union has maintained an innovative and forward-thinking culture with passionate people committed to its mission, right here in Center City

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Fellow – End-To-End Medication Management Services

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Fellow, formerly known as TowerView Health, was founded after our co-founder and college roommate got diagnosed with cancer. Our aim is to help patients and families better manage complex medication regimens. We are on a mission to revolutionize the way that medications are taken in the home.

10,000 Americans are turning 65 every day, and 66% have two or more chronic illnesses. It’s critical that seniors can manage their health as they age. Over 30 million seniors are on five or more medications, and only 33% take their medication as prescribed by their physician, resulting in 10% of all hospitalizations and 125,000 deaths per year.

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For families, the emotional toll extends beyond the $5,000 per year estimated medical spend as medication nonadherence is one of the top three drivers of seniors involuntarily moving out of their homes into senior living. It is a source of stress as 31 million adult children want medication assistance for their parents, yet less than 8% receive help due to inadequate solutions, high cost, or lack of awareness. It’s Fellow’s goal to provide an accessible solution for seniors to take the right meds, at the right time—always.

What Fellow does is simple. Fellow helps you or your loved one organize and remember to take their meds. The service includes a smart pillbox and real-time reminder system. If you miss a dose, the box will remind you with on-box sound and light reminders, and text reminders to a patient and or caregiver’s phone. The pillbox user also gets a dashboard login to view everything about their medications in one place and can authorize caregivers or loved ones to view the dashboard, so that they can also have some peace of mind that their loved ones are staying on track. Not to mention, the service includes free access to a personal Health Assistant to answer any questions you might have about your medications.

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Fellow works with various health plans and providers around the country to offer the solution to high risk patients, but also provides the service online. Families can review our transparent and straightforward pricing options online at, and sign up easily on the website.

Fellow is committed to serving our nation’s seniors and caregivers by offering a better way to manage medications and improve health. If you are interested in learning more, please check us out at, or contact us at

Phone: 1-844-633-8729
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Stay In Step – Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center

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We serve a wide range of clients including active military, veterans, and civilians. Our mission is to provide our clients with a step forward toward recovery through world-class rehabilitation and collaboration. Our program is modeled after the Activity Based Exercise and Therapy principles (ABE&T), which utilizes the body’s natural movement and body weight as stimulus. We exist only to serve a segment of the population that is marginalized or overlooked by traditional medicine and our current healthcare system. Not only do we have state-of-the-art equipment, we have trainers who are passionate about working with clients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries and who are creative in using the equipment in innovative ways to achieve remarkable results.

CWO3 (Ret.) Romy Camargo, Founder of Stay In Step, is a US Army Green Beret who, while on a humanitarian mission during his third tour to Afghanistan, suffered a critical gunshot wound to the back of the neck shattering his C3 vertebra. With his wife, Gabby by his side, Romy endured a number of surgeries only to find out that he was paralyzed from the trapezius muscles and below. For many, it would have been a diagnosis of despair but, for the Camargo’s it began a journey of hope and inspiration. As the primary caregiver for her husband, Gabby learned all that she could about spinal cord injuries and rehabilitation. Gabby and Romy would travel to Orlando which was the nearest facility up to 5 days per week fighting traffic on I-4 making a 2-hour therapy session an all-day event. It was the Camargo’s dream to open a center in Tampa that was open to the public as well as veterans, would assist with subsidizing the cost burdens for clients and would include the client’s family in the therapy and recovery process. On June 20 2015, Stay in Step was founded, a unique organization doing fantastic work providing long-term, subsidized cost, SCI/TBI rehabilitation for civilians and veterans in Tampa Bay, Florida

Romy’s story was featured on the History channel’s, The Warfighters – Season 1, Episode 7, The Green Berets of 7115, which aired on November 11, 2016. You can watch this incredible story at

Stay In Step’s 4500-sq. ft. recovery center features state-of-the-art equipment, such as the RT 600 and the RT 300, from Restorative Therapies, an industry leading researcher and manufacturer of some of the most innovative and technologically advanced rehabilitation using electrical stimulation of the muscles to complete the mobility therapy. It is remarkable to see patients on elliptical trainers and hand bikes that are paralyzed.

The objectives of the Stay In Step Recovery Program are to:
1. Reduce client incidence of medical complications and hospitalizations due to SCI and TBI.
2. Improve the overall health and wellness of clients.
3. Improve client quality of life.
4. Keep the family unit together during the therapy.
5. Offer a supportive and encouraging environment supporting them physically, emotionally, and socially.

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According to a 2016 Report by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center: “About 30% of persons with SCI are re-hospitalized one or more times during any given year following injury. Among those re-hospitalized, the length of hospital stays averages 22 days.” The leading causes of hospitalization are diseases of the genitourinary system and diseases of the skin. The Stay In Step Program focuses on preventing and in many cases reversing the deterioration that results from the lack of sustained physical activity and causes these diseases thereby improving overall health and wellness and reducing diseases and re-hospitalizations. This not only results in a better quality of life for clients but reduces the emotional and financial burden on families and caregivers.

Stay In Step clients’ rehabilitation therapy is complex, and there is set up involved for each mobility exercise. Each program is individually tailored to the patient and with as many as three trainers and one physical therapist, the average therapy session is 2-3 hours in length. The staff is passionate, creative, and knowledgeable about how to use the equipment in unique ways to keep the rehabilitation exciting. Stay In Step also has a children’s playroom and a family room where families may relax while their loved ones are in therapy. Stay In Step offers clients and their families a long-term, subsidized-cost, physical therapy program combined with a close-knit support group and mental strength training on their path to recovery.

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This therapy dramatically improves clients’ quality of life and, in many cases, extends their life expectancy. We encourage you to take a moment to look at the Stay In Step website ( to see what Romy, together with the unwavering support of his wife, Gabby, has built to fill an unmet need and provide an invaluable service to the Tampa Bay community. Since opening our doors in June of 2015, we have been blessed and grateful to have been able to treat over 120 clients and provide over $300,000 in subsidized therapy. Stay In Step relies on the generous contributions of both corporate and private donors.

10500 University Center Dr, Ste 130
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Phone: (813) 977-7999
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GEMS – A Proactive Health-Tech Company

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Our focus at Green Earth Medical Solutions (GEMS) is prevention, not treatment. We’re passionate about saving lives and, through hard work, determination, and worldclass state-of-the-art technology, our dream has become a reality. That’s why we created PathO3Gen SolutionsTM.

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PathO3Gen Solutions™ Footwear Sanitizing Station (FSS), employs its patented Solestice 3/15 Technology™, utilizing UVC and Ozone (O3), to penetrate and destroy 99.9% of the capsid/outer wall and DNA of deadly pathogens before they can contaminate an area and spread. This is all done in as little as 4 seconds. The stations are designed to complement existing infection control protocols to reduce the microbial level of pathogens often associated with an increased risk for healthcare-associated infections. In addition to infection rate reductions, users of the footwear sanitizing station should experience improved hospital economics by reducing readmission rates, lowering the cost of care and reducing reimbursement penalties.

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“Patient, employee, and visitor safety is our top priority. Our team sees the benefit of new technologies like the PathO3Gen Solutions Footwear Sanitizing Stations. In consideration of partnering with Green Earth Medical Solutions, we will be able to establish new protocols to proactively prevent
infections that will benefit our patients, staff, and community.”
Debi Martoccio, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Florida Hospital Connerton

Our team of entrepreneurial minded professionals are humble, hungry and smart. Our offices are located on the 22nd floor of the 200 North Central Ave building in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. We love to hang out as a team either at a game, restaurant or listening to live music. We all have a passion to save lives and work hard every day to make that happen!

(Left to Right: Bob Mueller - VP/Sales & Marketing, Scott Beal – COO, Kelli Anderson – Executive Assistant, Dave Weber – Controller, Steve Humphries – Director of HR)

“As a former Hospital CEO, the safety of one’s life in your hospital is a BIG responsibility especially when 1 – 20 inpatients will contract a healthcare-associated infection (HAI). The addition of a footwear sanitizing station that addresses floors is a promising technology that is needed to complete an effective Infection Control Program. With the technology’s ability to kill the DNA of pathogens and not allow it to regenerate, this is a game changer!”
Celeste Wiggins, MBA – Healthcare Consultant

200 Central Ave. Suite 2200
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-300-1069

Stratasan – Changing the way Health Systems use Technology

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Stratasan’s software and services provide market intelligence to hospitals and healthcare systems, equipping them to make better strategic growth decisions.

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Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Stratasan partners with more than nine hundred hospitals from the nation’s top healthcare systems across forty-one

Stratasan was founded by Jason Moore and Brian Dailey to change the way hospitals and health systems use technology to access and leverage healthcare data. Inspired by advisory relationships, they recognized a need for a products-focused company with a customer-centric approach to guide more informed strategic growth planning.

Shortly after securing funding, one of the largest healthcare systems in the country believed firmly in Stratasan’s team and vision and signed on as the first partner. The intent was for Stratasan to play a significant role in designing a software application to fit their needs. The team spent the next six months co-designing the product, which is now widely used across Stratasan’s customer base. Seven years later, that same drive to go above and beyond in meeting our partners at their point of need is still guiding our growth. What’s more, the collaborative, “can-do” approach to opportunities has become the norm for how Stratasan designs, builds, and launches new products.

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Understanding that our customers are the market experts, we build technology and offer services and data that equip them to make the strategic, high-level decisions they are hired to make. Our in-house analysts regularly engage with our tools, enabling us to test and continually provide the highest-quality products. The highest praise we receive from our clients is that our tools and services have allowed them to do their jobs more effectively and with greater success. A much appreciated recent compliment from a client was that “Switching to Stratasan was probably the best decision we have ever made” – Jeremy Kahle, St. Luke’s University Health Network.

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We offer our clients a unique combination of technology expertise and comprehensive data insight. Our data processing service takes every dataset through a rigorous quality assurance process to find discrepancies, flag questionable data input, and ensure data is current. Our tools support all-payer claims, state, Medicare, and internal patient data, and since we build the technology that powers these datasets, we offer a superior customer experience through product support, custom builds, and faster response times.

Whether our customers’ goals are growth and acquisition, building better relationships with the physicians in their markets, more effectively reaching their customers, or creating more informed strategic plans, our team offers assistance and expertise to get them there. We establish collaborative partnerships through honest conversations and proven results, enabling our customers to achieve their growth goals.

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450 10th Cir N
Nashville, TN 37203
(866) 628 – 5051

Group K Diagnostics – Revolutionizing Patient Care

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At Group K, we seek to radically improve patient care while easing provider burden. We produce an innovative, low-cost, 20-minute modular point ofcare diagnostic.


Group K Diagnostics is revolutionizing patient care through the innovative Point of Care (POC) diagnostics. Currently, providers struggle to effectively manage laboratory test results in a system wrought with lag time between patient appointments and results. We solve the inefficiencies of current lab solutions by bringing the “lab” to the provider. Group K’s solution consists of the MultiDiagnostic, a paper microfluidic device, and an accompanying software platform. The paper microfluidic device is a simple, inexpensive waxbacked device with three testing areas. These areas have a mix of dried proprietary reagents that when combined with a patient’s drop of blood, or in the future, spit, swab, and urine, will produce results in a color change. An App is then used to interpret the color change and output results directly to a doctor or electronic health/medical record system.

With a twenty-minute or less turnaround time, the MultiDiagnostic POC test and accompanying software platform gives patients direct access to their results and allows providers to take immediate therapeutic action based on reliable results. The MultiDiagnostic’s affordable price point and ease-of-use break down the barriers of access to POC testing so that all outpatient providers and patients can benefit from the streamlined workflow. Providers will no longer face the risks associated with delayed results such as losing contact with a patient or not altering a care plan on time.

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What Makes Us Unique and a Market Changer

Our hardware and software components will define an entirely new standard for diagnostic testing and result reporting. A low cost, high throughput diagnostic device that returns results in 20 minutes, does not require training for use, and can be easily discarded will revolutionize the scope and accessibility of diagnostic testing. These parameters ease payer demands and allow the device to be used by physicians in specialty or primary clinics, without access to on-site labs, and needing urgent and frequent results.

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In addition to increasing accessibility to laboratory testing to low resource regions and patients, our product improves time to diagnosis for all users.

A key feature that makes our software unique is the provider and patient portals. Allowing patients to receive and keep records of their results ensures that abnormal results are communicated. Currently, 36% of abnormal results are not reported to patients. Depending on the consequences of this lack of communication, patients can and have filed lawsuits against providers. Our platform prevents this miscommunication and helps protect patients and providers.

A revolutionary application of our software component is epidemic tracking using anonymized patient data. With big data analysis, Group K Diagnostics can track the severity and geographic location of disease and predict where disease will spread. This information can be used to increase hospital preparedness for epidemics and general disease. Predicting diagnoses means providers can be cost-effective and patient-oriented in their preparation of staff and treatments.

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• Named one of the 10 Most Innovative Medical Devices Companies of 2018 by Insights Care magazine
• Winner of the 2018 Philadelphia Inquirer Stellar StartUp Awards
• Finalist for the 2018 Medtech Insight Awards
• 2018 PACT TiE Top Pitch Event Winner
• Pennovation Accelerator 2018 Cohort
• Most Innovative Company of the 2017 HeartScience Forum
• 1st Pitch Life Science 2017 Best of the Best
• Dreamit Spring 2017 Cohort
• The Jerome Fisher Program M&T InnovationGrant
• Ben Franklin FabNet Grant
• Singh Center Grant for Nanotechnology
• Penn Venture Initiative Program VIP-X

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Brianna Wronko, CEO & Founder

3025 Market St., Suite 140, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 201-450-8785
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Manna -Medically Tailored Nutrition

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MANNA, an innovative nonprofit organization that provides medically tailored meals and nutrition counseling for seriously ill people, was founded in 1990 to provide nourishment and comfort to people dying of HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia. Fast forward to today, andthe MANNA model has evolved into a comprehensive nourishment program fulfilling 100% of the nutritionalneeds of people facing one or more life-threatening illnesses across Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.Thanks to over 4,500 volunteers and talented staff, MANNA prepares and delivers over 1 million meals per year, all completely free of charge to the clients.

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MANNA’s real innovation occurs at the intersection of nutrition, a social determinant of health, and the healthcare system. According to recent estimates, 1 in 3 patients admitted to the hospital is malnourished, which translates to longer hospital stays and increased costs from complications. Well-nourished individuals are better able to comply with medical care, meaning that the patient, healthcare provider, and payer all have a stake in ensuring nutritional stability throughout all phases of illness. In 2010, MANNA set out to measure the health impact and cost savings associated with the model, and the results were astounding. When compared to a matched control group of individuals not receiving services, MANNA clients incurred $13,000 less in average monthly healthcare costs, they visited the hospital 50% less, and they were 23% more likely to be released from the hospital to their homes rather than a subacute care facility.

The data was so convincing that local Medicaid managed care organizations took an interest in the model and partnered with MANNA to provide nutrition services to their members. Now MANNA works with Health Partners Plans, Aetna Better Health, United Healthcare, and Keystone First to provide highvalue services to their members to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. MANNA is spreading the belief that food is medicine when managing complex illnesses and is leading a national movement aimed at increasing access to high-quality nutrition services across our healthcare system. MANNA is the only agency in Philadelphia and the rest of the state that meets the nutritional needs of seriously ill people who do not have the medically appropriate food they need to stay healthy.

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The local and regional healthcare system, recognizing the value in using food as medicine to manage serious illness, is beginning to recognize the MANNA-model as a glowing example of how patients’ non-clinical needs can be identified and addressed in a healthcare setting. MANNA is at the forefront of a national movement aimed at increasing awareness and utilization of nutrition services throughout all episodes of care. MANNA’s thought leadership, under the direction of CEO Sue Daugherty, is inspiring change on a national level as news of our groundbreaking research and innovative model continue to spread to healthcare organizations across the country. The agency focuses on transforming the healthcare system into one that recognizes the vital role nutrition plays in preventing and managing serious illnesses by prescribing, identifying, and paying for medically necessary food and nutrition services from experts like MANNA. The MANNA-model is truly changing the way we think about healthcare.

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420 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215-496-2662