Galway 3D medical software company joins US StartUp Health Academy

11 Apr 2014

Pocket Anatomy, a Galway-based 3D medical visualisation software company, has become just the third European company to join the prestigious StartUp Health Academy of 63 portfolio companies, as part of sixteen new inductions this year.

Pocket Anatomy has created a suite of medical education software applications that are used by medical students, healthcare professionals, and the general public for visualising the complexities of the human body.

The software has been downloaded more than 250,000 times on iPad and iPhone devices, and has been used by students and staff in more than 50 educational institutions in the US.

The founders of health and wellness companies selected for the StartUp Health Academy are supported over a three-year period through a series of intensive workshops and mentoring sessions to help them grow into sustainable businesses and sell into the US healthcare market.

“We see (the academy) playing a pivotal role in helping us access more healthcare customers in the US. We are also looking forward to joining and learning from a distinguished set of alumni companies that have gone on to further success,” said Pocket Anatomy CEO Mark Campbell.

The latest 16 additions brings the total number of StartUp Health companies to 63. In March 2014, Intel acquired Basis Science – another StartUp Health portfolio company – for a reported US$100m.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome the Pocket Anatomy team to the StartUp Health family of healthcare transformers,” said Unity Stoakes, co-founder and president of StartUp Health.

“We are inspired by their entrepreneurial passion and big vision and believe what they are building will make a significant impact on improving healthcare over the coming years.”

Punching above their weight

Pocket Anatomy is the second Irish company to join StartUp Health, following in the footsteps of Dublin-based health and wellness firm GetHealth.

“It’s fantastic that Ireland is punching above its weight in the healthcare and medical innovation space, with Pocket Anatomy joining GetHealth in the StartUp Health Academy,” said Dr John Breslin from NUI Galway, an adviser to Pocket Anatomy.

“Galway is already home to many SMEs and multinationals in the medical-technologies domain, and local start-ups like Pocket Anatomy are a key part of this vibrant ecosystem.”

Pocket Anatomy has also been selected as one of the “Boost” start-ups to feature at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam on 24 April. The event is one of Europe’s top tech gatherings, where Pocket Anatomy will pitch to more than 2,500 influential web, technology and business leaders from all over the world.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years