2019 Program

Hacking Dermatology: September 13 – 15, 2019
Boston, MA

The theme of this hackathon was precision medicine in dermatology.

On September 15th, the top five teams were awarded grants in the amount of $5,000 and access to dedicated mentors to advance their ideas.

The winning teams from the September 2019 hackathon were:

CureSore: An at-home patient monitoring tool that utilizes technology with a sticker for disease progression analysis.

Flare: Continuous non-invasive monitoring of skin properties (e.g. hydration, pH) to support patients in tracking their eczema to help them predict disease flares.

Relief: A mobile app using patient input and geolocation data to identify and predict flares based on external triggers.

Skin on a Chip: Embedding a patient’s skin cells on a chip to evaluate the safety and efficacy of multiple medications to determine an optimal therapy.

WartPatch: A painless microneedle-based immunotherapy delivery device for treating warts, especially in children.

Final Pitch Competition

February 4, 2020
Cambridge, MA

The five finalists from the September Hacking Dermatology event competed alongside three new teams for a total of $60k in additional grant funding.

Final Pitch Winners

1st Place: WartPatch
WartPatch, operating now as VeraDermics Incorporated, is developing a drug delivery platform for the painless delivery of immunotherapy past the stratum corneum for the purposes of local cutaneous immune stimulation. The initial unmet need being addressed by this innovative approach is the treatment of pediatric warts, a common and stigmatizing skin condition with no current effective and painless treatment options.

2nd Place: Flare
Flare is a wearable device that can objectively detect and continuously monitor sub-clinical changes of skin barrier integrity and skin inflammation, which are the key tenets of eczema, and skin health in general. With state-of-the-art sensor technology and predicative analytics, Flare can detect eczema flare ups 12 hours before clinically observable signs of eczema. It can also accurately measure which skin care product/topical medications can restore skin barrier defect and decrease inflammation the most, thus guiding early and personalized treatment.

Tie for 3rd Place: OnDERMAND
OnDERMAND Dermatology is a telemedicine practice specializing in remote dermoscopy. The practice has developed a specialized digital, wireless microscope (OnDERMAND Cam) for imaging of skin lesions. “DERM in a BOX” is a unique direct to consumer assembly of equipment and supplies for home use that recreates the in-person dermatologist office visit. OnDERMAND is based in New York City with operations in multiple states.

Tie for 3rd Place: TrackSore
TrackSore provides a more accurate and convenient wound tracking and measurement system with intelligent wound progression/infection prediction.

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