By Anthony Clark
Out of more than 120 Florida inventors and entrepreneurs to apply, four remain standing in the chase for the third annual $50,000 Cade Museum Prize.
The final four – two from Gainesville, one from Orlando and one from Tampa – are three healthcare-related technologies and a disinfectant, the Cade Museum announced Tuesday. They will make a live pitch to the audience during Cade Museum Prize Night at Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall on May 11, after which the winner – selected by a new panel of three judges – will be announced.
According to a news release, the finalists are:
– RelīOx Corporation and Ian Knapp of Gainesville for a simple and safe system to create the disinfectant chlorine dioxide from water and specially created plastic beads individually stored in rechargeable cartridges. The technology could be used in hospitals, food processing, restaurants and public transportation.
– Transdermal Insulin Patch being developed by Stephen Hsu of Prometheon Pharma in Gainesville delivers insulin or other large molecules through the skin, eliminating the need for needles and injections for diabetics and other patients.
– eCath developed by Phil Hipol and Stuart Hart at the University of South Florida is an electronic catheter stethoscope that allows doctors to hear inside the body using non-invasive electronic sensors attached to a catheter. It can be used for fetal heart rate monitoring, to monitor other sensitive heartbeat and respiration sounds and in hysterectomies.
– NanoDLSay invented from work by Qun Huo of Nano Discovery in Orlando measures interactions between gold nanoparticles and biomolecules to analyze disease markers, including cancer.
The finalists were chosen over three rounds by almost 30 judges, who included entrepreneurs, investors and technology commercialization specialists.
The winner will receive $50,000 provided by a grant from the Gainesville Community Foundation and $10,000 in legal services from Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP of West Palm Beach. The other three finalists will each receive $2,500 in legal services.
Tickets to the prize night are available at www.cademuseumprize.org.