InvisionHeart to pitch at Google Demo Day

InvisionHeart, LLC, a startup based on a wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) system developed at Vanderbilt, has been selected as one of 10 startups nationwide to participate in Google’s inaugural Demo Day April 2.

CEO Josh Nickols will pitch the company to a roomful of investors at the spring Silicon Valley event.

“We’re thrilled to be selected by the Nashville EC and Google Ventures to present our technology to Silicon Valley investors and companies,” said Nickols. “It is a fantastic opportunity to access new capital and develop partnerships that will grow a valuable technology beyond the Vanderbilt and Nashville healthcare community.”

Demo Day will be held at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. The startups will have five minutes to pitch their products followed by a brief Q&A with the judges panel: Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution, founder of American Online, and chairman of UP Global and The Case Foundation; Stephanie Palmeri, principal with SoftTech VC; and MG Siegler, general partner at Google Ventures. After all pitches have been heard, the judges will select a winner.

InvisionHeart is a smart health care platform and digital ECG that allows health care providers, first responders and patients to record and send current tracings of the heart’s electrical activity via a smartphone or tablet directly to physicians for interpretation.

The smart health care platform can be expanded to monitor activity, posture, blood pressure, fluid status and cardiac stroke volume.


It was developed by Franz Baudenbacher, associate professor of biomedical engineering; André Diedrich, physician and research professor of medicine and biomedical engineering; Susan Eagle, physician and associate professor of clinical anesthesiology; Rene Harder, Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, and Jonathan Whitfield, M.Eng., biomedical engineer.

InvisionHeart won first place last year in Vanderbilt University’s TechVenture Challenge, an initiative that teaches students how to turn patented ideas developed by Vanderbilt faculty members into marketable products. In November 2013 InvisionHeart was finalist in the Global Food and Health Innovation Challenge, part of Global South Summit, a forum in Nashville that brings together executives and experts from around the world to concentrate on food and health issues.

Watch inventors Franz Baudenbacher and Susan Eagle talk about the power of collaboration and the invention that will soon be pitched at Google Demo Day.

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