Are you prepared to save someone’s life if they suddenly collapse next to you on the street? ImmERge Labs already knows most people aren’t. Founded by University of Pennsylvania researcher Marion Leary — who heads up innovation research at Penn’s Center for Resuscitation Science, the startup is now out of stealth mode and hired Matt Grabowsky as its CEO.
Ostiio is a Philadelphia medical device startup that’s just a few months old but has big ambitions: improving the quality of life for children with craniofacial defects, such as craniosynostosis and defects in the midface or lower jaw. The company was part of an entourage of technology entrepreneurs from Philadelphia through the Penn Center for Innovation and Amplify Philly at the SXSW conference in Austin this week. Craniosynostosis is a condition in which one or more of the joints between an infant’s skull prematurely fuse before the brain is fully formed. The condition results in a misshapen head because the brain continues to grow, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website. It affects one in every 2,000 to 3,000 infants.