On Wednesday July 22nd, USAID in partnership with DFID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenge Canada, the Government of Norway and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) organized the annual Saving Lives at Birth Development X Change in Washington D.C to recognize innovations that are making a difference in maternal and neonatal health globally. Fourteen innovators looking to scale up had the opportunity to pitch their products to a panel of judges and other participants. These innovations included an IUD Inserter developed by Bioceptive to make it easier for providers to insert IUDs more successfully, Gene-RADAR developed by Nanobiosym to rapidly test for HIV, Bili-Hut a phototherapy device that treats neonatal jaundice developed by Little Sparrows Technologies, Pumani bCPAP developed by 3rd Stone Design to treat babies with Respiraroty Distress Syndrome (RDS) and many more.
Eva Diagnostics's AnemiPoint won the People's Choice Award, Rice University's BiliSpec won the Peer Choise Award while Bioceptive's IUD Inserter won the Pitch Competition and 3rd Stone Design was the runner-up.
After the pitch competition, participants had the chance to visit the Innovation Marketplace where 53 innovations were exhibited.
The Development X Change concluded with the announcement of the 17 Round 5 Award Nominees for Validation Awards (around $250,000) and for Seed Grant Awards (up to $250,000). Nominees include Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Lucky Iron Fish Inc., PATH, Diagnostic for All and University of Toronto among others.
To learn more about all the 53 exciting innovations that were showcased click here.