biobuzzctWith federal funding and solutions that address major risks and aim to improve outcomes for warfighters and civilians, Polaris and Neuroene are set to continue their momentum as showcase companies in the DMV life science scene.

By Sam Hopkins

August 8, 2023

As the BioHealth Capital Region and other life sciences sectors continue to evolve and innovate, it’s crucial for start-ups and entrepreneurs to seize every opportunity to showcase their groundbreaking work. 

One of those incredible opportunities is this year’s 8th Annual BioHealth Capital Region Crab Trap competition, part of the 9th Annual BioHealth Capital Region Forum. This event has evolved significantly over the years, attracting applicants not only from the region but also from across the country and around the world. 

Here’s a look at 2022’s Winners, Runner-Ups and Finalists

(Winner) Neuroene Therapeutics (watch presentation)

(Montgomery County Winner) Polaris Genomics (watch presentation)

(Finalist) Kubanda Cryotherapy (watch presentation)

(Finalist) Perfusion Medical (watch presentation)

(Finalist) VPIX Medical (watch presentation)

Neuroene Therapeutics

Dr. Sherine Chan had taken some improv classes, but she didn’t consider herself a master of the stage. Nevertheless, the Australian-born CEO of Neuroene Therapeutics delivered a command performance at the 2022 BioHealth Innovation Crab Trap competition, and her team took home top honors. Neuroene won alongside Polaris Genomics, which also hooked the crowd with its origin story and compelling scientific and business narrative describing its plans for growth and impact. 

As BioHealth Innovation and the 2023 Crab Trap come closer on our regional innovation calendar, we checked in with the leaders of Polaris to see what’s happened since they climbed their way to the top of the trap–a hyperlocal metaphor for a forum that organizers work hard to show as a showcase for life science innovation in the DC, Maryland, Virginia sphere. 

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