Ones to watch




Key development


ABOzymes Biomedical

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada

An enzyme additive to turn all donated blood into type O, making it suitable for transfusion into a person with any blood type

October 2020

Axolotl Biosciences

University of Victoria, Canada

Victoria, Canada

A bioink for printing 3D models of tissue derived from human cells

March 2020


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Lausanne, Switzerland

An optical device that shines light on the white of the eye to detect abnormalities that indicate early stages of eye disease

May 2019


University of Cambridge, UK

Cambridge, UK

Contact lenses and smartphone application that monitor glucose levels in the tear fluid of people with diabetes

May 2019


University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Edmonton, Canada

A 3D ultrasound augmented with artificial intelligence to diagnose hip dysplasia in infants

December 2019


University of California, San Diego

Santa Clara, California

A blood test that identifies many common bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens in newborn babies in less than three hours

February 2018


University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

A stem-cell therapy that replaces damaged insulin-producing cells in people with type 1 diabetes, allowing the regulation of blood glucose levels

October 2017

Rappta Therapeutics

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Helsinki, Finland

Small-molecule drugs that treat cancer by reactivating the tumour suppressor PP2A protein

March 2019


University Health Network, Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada

A conductive biomaterial to treat the heart condition atrial fibrillation without damaging the heart tissue

December 2018


Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

A graphene coating that protects the cathodes of lithium-ion batteries from degradation, resulting in increased battery power and durability

May 2018