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Ground breaking medical technology firm wins Genesis start-up competition

03 Nov 2015

A start-up which is working to develop patient specific 3D vascular maps for doctors ahead of delicate surgical procedures has taken out the ‘Most Disruptive Enterprise Award’ in the latest Sydney Genesis Startup Program.

Genesis finalists

The firm, Vasoprint, was one of seven finalists draw from a field of more than 40 entrants in the 2nd semester competition which was open to current students or entrepreneurs with a past link to the University.

“We are over the moon,” said Vasoprint team leader Seamus Thomson. “Winning this very prestigious competition will certainly help in our discussions with potential investors.”

Seamus explained that while surgeons have long had access to two dimensional images when planning surgical procedures, Vasoprint will produce a 3D model of the relevant section of a patient’s vascular system.

“We are a team of five people and we are all passionate about improving patient outcomes,” Seamus said.

The University’s Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor Andrew Ruys, describes Vasoprint as a potential “game changer for surgical pre-planning and surgical training”.

“Vasoprint is right at the forefront of a revolution that will bring many benefits, not only to surgical training and planning for surgical procedures, but ultimately to the patients themselves,” said Professor Ruys. “This team of students has done an impressive job in translating a clever idea into a viable commercialisation plan.”

The Sydney Genesis Award for the ‘Best Business Plan’ went to Braingain which describes itself as a cognitive optimisation company producing cognitive boosting supplements know as nootropics.

The ‘Best Woman Leader Award’ was won by Sahibajot Kaur of Gale Force, which plans to develop and market wind power generators for the home. The ‘People’s Choice Award’ went to Songoose, an online platform where musicians can market custom song directly to their fans.

Established in 2008, Sydney Genesis has provided more than 700 students with help to develop their ideas through workshops, mentoring, networking opportunities, funding and prizes.
“Sydney Genesis provides students with an initial exposure to the entrepreneurial community back by knowledge, expertise and networks of the University,” said Dr Richard Seymour, who is co-director of the Business School’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Group.

“Sydney Genesis supports world changing ideas by encourage students to innovate, to become entrepreneurs and to establish their own businesses,” added Coordinator Cayetana Martinez.

Sydney Genesis is currently sponsored the University of Sydney Business School, the CSIRO, IView International, Servcorp, Meteorical and Rare Birds.