Healthbox Returns to Israel to Accelerate Entrepreneurs' Access to the US Market

Healthbox delivers a Studio Innovation Forum in partnership with US Healthcare Executives interested in Israeli healthcare innovation and entrepreneurial talent.

TEL AVIV, Israel--()--Healthbox returns to Tel Aviv to build upon its successful healthcare program delivered last year in partnership with Microsoft Ventures Accelerator. Healthbox will deliver a 4-day Studio Innovation Forum in an effort to maintain its commitment to the Israeli market and to source the best global talent and innovation. During the Forum, Healthbox and eight US Healthcare Executives from prominent organizations including: GuideWell, Sandbox Industries, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), and Zaffre Investments will work with the nine selected Israeli based healthcare technology companies to provide education and access to accelerate US market entry.

“Israel has proven to be a hub of innovation with strong technical talent that has collectively produced cutting-edge technologies throughout the global healthcare ecosystem,” says René Lerer, President of Guidewell. “We [Guidewell] are excited to partner with Healthbox and work directly with these very talented entrepreneurs.”

Healthbox introduced the Studio Innovation Forum this year to further establish itself as a global leader in driving healthcare innovation. “The Studio Innovation Forums will enable us [Healthbox] to establish a footprint in and source companies from global markets rich in healthcare innovation, such as Israel,” says Maria Siambekos, Managing Director at Healthbox.

Over the course of the Forum, participating companies will gain a better understanding of the complexities and nuances of the US market and will engage with key decision-makers to gain rapid access to the market.

“At BD, our goal is to source the best entrepreneurial opportunities across the globe to address big healthcare challenges,” said Albert Lauritano, Director of External Innovation Programs at BD. “Partnering with Healthbox, we [BD] are able to rapidly curate leading technologies and business models and engage directly with the entrepreneurs via a vehicle like the Studio Innovation Forum."

The Healthbox Studio Innovation Forum is being held in Tel Aviv at Ernst & Young offices from October 18th to the 21st. Healthbox will be delivering this Forum with support from its Anchor Partners: BD, GuideWell, and Zaffre Investments; Community Partners: Pfizer WW Innovation, Sanara Ventures, Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz, Ernst & Young, Start-Up Nation Central and Community Participant: OrbiMed Advisors.

Overview of the 2015 Israel Studio Innovation Forum Participants

Genoox is a revolutionary big data platform for storing and managing genomic data in the cloud that reduces the complexity and costs attached with genomic data management.

Intendu has developed the first adaptive motion-interaction brain training platform; transforming brain rehabilitation.

Intensix harnesses data and knowledge to improve ICU clinical outcomes while reducing hospital costs.

LifeGraph has developed an integrated smart-phone based platform for the monitoring of behavioral patients.

MedAware has developed a platform that identifies and prevents prescription errors in real-time.

MEDeduce is a healthcare informatics startup that focuses on devising simple-to-use clinical data mining platforms and chronic disease management tools.

Nutrino was created to solve the issue of ‘conflicting nutritional advice,’ by providing recommendations on what individuals should eat.

Oxitone Medical offers a wearable pulse oximetry platform to track disease progress anytime, anywhere and alerts doctors and family members on upcoming complications.

Sweetch was developed as a platform for any large-scale clinical outcome prediction, and personalized, data-driven, wellness prevention intervention in the most cost-effective patients. Diabetes is their first use case.

About Healthbox
Founded in 2011, Healthbox was one of the first business accelerators in the healthcare industry and has grown to be a preeminent source of global healthcare innovation. Our vision is to drive sustainable innovation through a supportive ecosystem of entrepreneurs, industry organizations and investors. Our Studio programs offer serious entrepreneurs the candid, unparalleled healthcare industry access and insight needed to succeed in a complex marketplace. We also partner with leading healthcare organizations through our Foundry programs to advance a culture of idea generation, business creation and external collaboration. With operations in Boston, Chicago, Florida, Salt Lake City, London and Tel Aviv, Healthbox is building an international community dedicated to driving change in healthcare. Healthbox has worked closely with more than 100 healthcare companies and has strategic partnerships with more than 30 healthcare organizations.

About BD
BD is a medical technology company that serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, industry and the general public. BD manufactures and sells a broad range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. BD is headquartered in the United States and has offices in more than 50 countries worldwide.

About GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation
GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell) is a not-for-profit mutual holding company and the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care. The GuideWell organization includes the leading health insurance company in Florida, a number of health care delivery businesses, a consumer engagement company, and a provider of administrative services to state and federal health care programs. For more information, visit

About Sandbox Industries
Sandbox Industries is a Chicago-based venture capital firm that implements a different model of investing. The firm's Collaborative Investment Vehicles (CIVs) drive both investments and partnerships with startups that address the strategic priorities of its corporate Limited Partners. This model works to the advantage of both corporations and startups through customer relationships, pilot programs, mentorship, market intelligence, investment, and financial returns. Sandbox is the exclusive provider of investment management services to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Venture Funds. In collaboration with Cultivian Ventures, Sandbox operates the Cultivian Sandbox Food & Agriculture Fund II, a leading venture fund in the US which invests in new technologies in the food and agriculture space. Sandbox also founded Healthbox and co-founded Excelerate Labs, a Chicago based technology accelerator which is now TechStars Chicago.

About Zaffre Investments
Zaffre Investments, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts that is committed to adding value through investments in new products, services and technologies that aim to improve the way healthcare is delivered and received. Zaffre focuses on companies across the healthcare landscape, with a primary focus on ACOs, consumer solutions, health information technology, and behavioral health. The firm is stage agnostic, considering a company's financial and market positions, capabilities, and core values, as well as their missions and visions for the future. Zaffre employs a true partnership model for its portfolio companies, providing strategic direction, business support, industry connections and more.


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Healthbox delivers a Studio Innovation Forum in partnership with US Healthcare Executives interested in Israeli healthcare innovation and entrepreneurial talent.


Blair Kessler