MN Med Tech Firms Chosen For Annual Showcase
A 3D-printed robotic exoskeleton and a spinal fusion system will be among the headliners when LifeScience Alley’s New Technology Showcase returns in November.
This week, the St. Louis Park-based medical trade association unveiled the 10 companies —three of which will host presentations—chosen for spotlight at the Nov. 19 event inside the Minneapolis Convention Center. LifeScience says it selected presenters and exhibitors based on the novelty of their technology, market potential and ability to improve patient outcomes while lowering per capita health care costs.
The showcase winners will demonstrate their products in front of an expected 2,000 attendees representing more than 450 companies. The bulk of each year’s winners have typically been Minnesota-based firms, and this year’s list is no different: all 10 are from the state. LifeScience said other U.S. companies and attendees from more than 15 countries will also be on hand. Businesses of varying sizes applied to introduce medical devices, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health technology products.
The three companies presenting this year are St. Paul-based Ativa Medical, Minneapolis-based Zimmer Spine Inc., and Minneapolis-based “Magic Arms for the World.” Magic Arms made news last year when it used a Stratasys 3D printer to make a robotic exoskeleton for a Delaware girl with a medical condition that inhibited mobility.
Ativa will discuss its practice of developing point-of-care diagnostic technologies and Zimmer Spine will present a system used for spinal fusion procedures. Seven other finalists will line the exhibit hall: QwikLife Inc. (Minneapolis), Tranfuse Solutions (Rochester), Ambient Clinical Analytics (Rochester), EmboMedics (Maple Grove), IMRIS (Minnetonka), MesoFlow (Minneapolis) and Preceptics Medical Inc. (Plymouth).