Ashburn, VA – October 23, 2018 – Established (founders of media company Tech.Co) has named Aperiomics the 2018 Startup of the Year for its innovation and the important work Aperiomics does to help people suffering from chronic infection. This award was given at the “Innovate Celebrate” competition in Boston on October 17, 2018, which was co-sponsored by Established and the Consumer Technology Association.
Established recognized Aperiomics’ “one-of-a-kind technology [that] can identify every known pathogen in a single test, helping to address the 75% failure rate of existing identification of infection-causing pathogens.” Aperiomics and its CEO/Co-Founder Crystal Icenhour won the award at “Innovate Celebrate,” a three-day event that draws technology-driven innovators, investors and corporate partners from around the world.
Icenhour said, “We are grateful to the judges and participants at Innovate Celebrate for recognizing the important work our team is doing to help doctors and their patients identify the causes of chronic infection. Our technology has helped hundreds of patients and their healthcare teams finally identify the root causes of their chronic illness.” She added, “This is a new frontier in the use of DNA analysis and we are excited to lead the way.”
Recently, Aperiomics has been running in fast-forward mode. Earlier this month, the company took home the grand prize in the Vinetta Project pitch challenge in Washington, D.C. The Vinetta Project is a NYC-born collective that aims to close the gender-based venture capital funding gap by connecting female founders and investors. Just last month Aperiomics announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the company an additional $229,000 phase IIb through its Small Business Innovative Research program. Aperiomics also added two new members to its staff and will continue this growth over the next year.
Over the past two years, Aperiomics has received more than $1.6 million from the NSF. In 2017, the company closed a seed round of funding raising $512,000 that was led by Pipeline Angels, a national network of new and seasoned women angel investors. In 2016, the company was named “Life Sciences Innovator of the Year.”
Aperiomics is the only company on market identifying every known bacteria, DNA virus, fungus and parasite in one test. Clinicians and patients call on Aperiomics to help identify infection that other testing methods cannot. Being the only company of its kind and scope in the world, Aperiomics can identify every known pathogen in a single test through deep metagenomic sequencing of DNA from any biological sample. The complete genetic fingerprint of that sample is then compared to the Aperiomics Microbial Database™, a comprehensive, high-quality database of every known microorganism, including the world’s largest known collection of pathogens. In one of its most compelling applications, this technology can be used to accurately identify the source of unknown/chronic infections, limit the use of antibiotics and solve medical mysteries that previously seemed impossible to unravel. Aperiomics is supported by the National Science Foundation and was named 2018 Startup of the Year by Established. They were also named 2016 Life Sciences Innovators of the Year in the Greater Washington Innovation Awards. For more information, visit www.aperiomics.com or call (703) 229-0406.
About Startup of the Year and Established
The Startup of the Year program, produced by Established, discovers and supports the most promising and innovative startups from around the world. The competition takes place over a one-year period culminating each year at the Innovate Celebrate conference. Innovate Celebrate, co-hosted by Established and Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, is the premiere global conference bridging the gap between corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, where the biggest names in tech intersect with the world’s most cutting-edge startups. Established, created by the founders of Tech.Co Media, helps organizations with their innovation, startup, and communication strategies.
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