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The Flatley Challenge Awards recognized contributors to medicine and technology

By Amy DeMien - For The Telegraph | Feb 21, 2019

Telegraph photo by AMY DEMIEN During the Wednesday ceremony, BioIntelligence was named runner-up. Pictured from left are, John Flatley, Mayor Jim Donchess and BioIntelligence CEO Joel Sirois.

NASHUA – Winners of the 2018 Flatley Challenge on Wednesday were recognized at an award ceremony in Nashua Technology Park by the John Flatley Co. for their significant contributions to the field of medicine and technology.

For many startups and emerging businesses in the fields of information technology, gaining the resources to launch their project can be a difficult process. Hoping to alleviate the financial strain of such an endeavor, John Flatley created the Flatley Challenge to reward emerging New Hampshire businesses doing promising work in fields such as communications, data storage, connectivity, robotics, clean tech, medical devices, digital health, mobile app design, life sciences and other leading-edge technologies.

“I saw a need for startups in New Hampshire to be given a chance to succeed,” Flatley said. “One way to do this, from my perspective, was to provide promising companies free incubation space and a small monetary incentive. As part of the Nashua community, I wanted to do what I could as a property owner to help promote and grow employment in New Hampshire.”

MedTech winner TendoNova and HighTech winner XoGo were awarded a $10,000 prize and up to 5,000 square feet of office/lab space at the Nashua Technology Park. MedTech runner-up BioIntelligence Technologies Inc and HiTech runner-up Blocksyte were also acknowledged and awarded with one year free membership in the Flatley Innovation Center.

John Flatley began the Wednesday ceremony with a speech welcoming all in attendance and highlighting the achievements.

The Flatley Challenge winners and runner-up’s followed John Flatley congratulatory remarks by presenting on the interworking of their company projects and the progress they’ve made in furthering the advancement of medical and cutting-edge technologies.

MedTech winner TendoNova officials discussed their work developing specialized tools to address the medical treatment of chronic tendon pain.

“We are honored to be chosen as a winner. We’re currently operating virtually so this will serve as a basis for future expansion. We are committed to enhancing the treatment of chronic tendon pain with an improved and low-cost method and we’ll now be able to be more effective here in New Hampshire. The quality of the facilities at NTP and the geographic location are ideal for a start-up company like ours,” TendoNova CEO Roy Wallen said.

Officials with HiTech winner XoGo similarly highlighted the importance of their invention; a hardware device with connected software that allows users to utilize and connect to any and all devices designed for people with disabilities, advancing to old age, and anyone else who requires assistive technology.

“It is an honor to be recognized as this year’s HiTech winner for the 2018 Flatley Challenge. Being a start-up company with a lot of overhead, having this kickstart is extremely helpful. We are incredibly appreciative of the John Flatley Co. for awarding us this exciting opportunity and are looking forward to helping bring universally accessible technology to the people of New Hampshire and beyond,” XoGo CEO Ray Abel said.

Also recognized were the MedTech runner-up and CEO of BioIntelligence Technologies Inc. Joël Sirois, as well as HighTech runner-up and CEO of Blocksyte Alan Pelz-Sharpe.

“BioIntelligence Technologies’ team is thrilled to have been named the runner-up in the 2018 Flatley Challenge,” Sirois said. “Our team designs and commercializes intelligent instruments to improve in real-time quality control and profitability of bioprocesses such as for the production of industrial biochemicals, of biofertilizers and of new drugs.”

“We look forward to expanding our business in 2019 providing food distributors and manufacturers with an easy-to-use SaaS-based blockchain solution that radically improves their supply chain and delivers a powerful way for our customers to reduce costs, get paid faster, and future-proof their business,” Pelz-Sharpe added.

Mayor Jim Donchess closed the ceremony with his own congratulatory speech.

“As a result of the Flatley Challenge, we’ve seen several thousand talented employees working in previously vacant offices at Gateway Hills,” he said. “I congratulate and welcome the winners and runner-up to the building and would gladly welcome you as residents of the city of Nashua.”

The next Flatley Challenge will kickoff in August. There is no application fee and candidates are encouraged to apply online.


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