NYCEDC Announces Second Class of Breakthrough Network Startups and Launch of 2017 Digital Health Initiatives

Announcing next class of Digital Health Breakthrough Network for early-stage health tech companies

New York City Economic Development Corporation today announced the 2017 launch of NYCEDC’s signature digital health initiatives to support both growth-stage and early-stage startups and grow the digital health sector in New York City

NYCEDC, in partnership with HITLAB, has named four companies selected to participate in the second class of the Digital Health Breakthrough Network, which helps startups design and conduct rapid pilot studies that gauge their products’ real-world impact and commercial potential. All four companies will receive support for research design, review board approvals, clinical partner and patient recruitment, and assessment.

““The digital health sector is one of the fastest growing segments of our tech economy and has the potential to be a major job creator for a wide-range of New Yorkers,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “More importantly, the sector is leveraging New York City’s unique tech talent to develop solutions that will impact the health of people around the world. We’re proud to continue to support the growth of the digital health industry, and we’re excited to see how it continues to shape our economy and quality of life.”
“Piloting Citus Health with the Digital Health Breakthrough Network helped me identify ways to improve my product’s design to better meet the needs of the patients and providers who use it. At the same time, I was able to gain exposure to potential commercial partners at my study site and build evidence on the impact Citus Health has on home infusion workflow and patient satisfaction,” said Melissa Kozak, CEO of Citus Health and member of the first class of the Digital Health Breakthrough Network

Fall 2017 Batch Startups and Technologies:


A smart clothes platform that allows users to measure and track vitals and activity in a comfortable and unobtrusive manner. Bonbouton’s devices utilize graphene printing technology that also can be used to produce smart clothes that monitor body temperature, breathing, pulse rate, movement, sleep, and more.


Software that helps physicians predict how specific medications will perform in individual patients. Using machine learning to analyze scientific papers, drug-performance data, patient records, and other sources, Droice Labs’ tools can integrate with all major electronic health records systems and fit naturally into existing physician workflows.


Mobile and desktop applications that connect people in underserved communities with mental health resources and address barriers to treatment. TruCircle’s applications aim to dispel stigmas associated with mental illness and match patients with accessible, affordable and culturally competent providers.


An injection device and connected software to monitor medication injections administered by patients at home. Compatible with syringe-based medications, QuiO’s Smartinjector One uses built-in cellular technology to relay dosage data and enhance treatment compliance.


New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.


HITLAB is an innovation and teaching lab dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare worldwide. We help leading organizations ideate, create, and evaluate technology-based solutions to pressing healthcare challenges. HITLAB’s team of public health professionals, anthropologists, statisticians, clinicians, engineers, economists, strategists, and designers is determined to address healthcare needs across the globe. HITLAB works with a wide variety of stakeholders in both the public and private sectors to design and disseminate studies, programs, and products that improve healthcare access and delivery. For more information visit and to learn about New York City’s premier, annual digital health event with live presentations on today’s most diffusive digital health tools and research.

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