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New Born Solutions, finalist in Barcelona IMAGINE IF! acceleration program

The ‘start-up’, which presented a non-invasive medical device to prevent childhood meningitis, will go to the final in Cambridge

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21.07.2016

On 11 July, Barcelona hosted the first final of the IMAGINE IF! acceleration program, a global initiative designed to support science-based entrepreneurial projects with the potential to have a significant impact on improving human or animal health that is held in various European cities.

The Barcelona edition, organized by Institut Químic de Sarrià IQS Tech Factory and Innovation Forum Barcelona, chose New Born Solutions as the finalist. This start-up presented Neosonics, a non-invasive medical device to prevent childhood meningitis.

The event, which was held at the Mobile World Center, brought together approximately 120 people, with presentations by the 10 teams selected previously during the initial phase in June. These included MOWoOT –one of the start-ups that have emerged from the d·HEALTH Barcelona master, an initiative of Biocat–, which was the first runner-up.

The Neosonics device from New Born Solutions makes it less necessary to do lumbar punctures in newborns by allowing pediatricians to diagnose whether or not the baby has meningitis using an ultrasonic white blood cell count. The team is working on an alternative for developing countries with limited access to lumbar punctures and the following analyses, which are expensive.

New Born Solutions will be representing Barcelona in the final in Cambridge, where the second phase of the acceleration program will be held: the Innovation Forum – Leaders Conference on 22 September. The 10 groups selected