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February 28, 2018 By Jackie Connor

On Saturday, February 24, University of California, Irvine (UCI) startup Syntr Health Technologies placed as a top 10 finalist for Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business and Innovator’s seventh annual New Venture Competition at the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation in Waco, Texas. The company was awarded $10,000 from the competition in addition to $2,500, which was contributed by an anonymous donor, for a total of $12,500 in funding.

January 22, 2018

UCI alumni, doctor engineer potential stem cell treatment for diabetic foot ulcers


For Ahmed Zobi, it’s his mother. For Hugo Salas, a beloved grandmother. For Justin Stovner, a male relative who has endured 10 surgeries. For Dr. Derek Banyard, it’s his father and the largely African American patients whose limbs he’s had to amputate or who have died too young.

October 24, 2017 By Hai Truong

UCI startup Syntr Health Technologies has received a Phase I grant for $300,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant program through the National Institutes of Health, specifically the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The funding will help the startup further its research and development of a therapeutic device using stem cells to treat diabetic foot ulcers, enabling it to proceed with animal studies. The company seeks to address a problem that affects over 29 million Americans, or roughly 10% of the population, who are afflicted with diabetes mellitus (DM) which carries an annual sum of $245 billion in health-related costs. Over one quarter of those individuals are undiagnosed and therefore at risk for severe complications. Up to 25% of diabetic patients carry a lifetime risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer, a condition plagued with poor healing, infections and ultimately, amputation.

November 29, 2016 By Hai Truong

Cove Share startup, Syntr Health Technologies, have advanced as finalists in the BioAccel Solutions Challenge in Arizona. The Solutions Challenge is an annual MedTech entrepreneur competition designed to help align market need with innovation and early investment with a goal to stimulate company formation and commercialization. In 2015, BioAccel approved $135,000 in next-stage funding to winning companies, including student teams. Two winners from the 2015 competition have since raised over $1.5M in additional capital financing.

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September 27, 2017 By Hai Truong

Wayfinder startup Syntr Health Technologies has been chosen to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Conference taking place in Boston at Northeastern University on October 13-15. After placing as a semi-finalist in the Designing Solutions for Poverty Competition through the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation during the 2017 New Venture Competition, Syntr worked with the Blum Center on an application for the CGI U event. They will be attending this conference as one of two teams from UCI.

May 30, 2017 By Hai Truong

Wayfinder startup Syntr Health Technologies made strides in the month of May, placing third in the Beall Butterworth Competition and received an Honorable mention in the Tech Surge Competition. Tech Surge is a parallel track of the New Venture Competition led by the Beall Center for Innovation in collaboration with Applied Innovation. These recent wins by Syntr garnered them awards totaling over $5500. To learn more about Syntr, visit

March 2, 2017 By Hai Truong

Cove-based UCI startup Syntr Health Technologies is making strides amidst the 2017 competition and pitch season. The UCI-based team has advanced to the Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Finals taking place on March 8th. Out of the numerous startups that have applied, Syntr will be competing with nine other teams and allotted 60-seconds to pitch to a panel of esteemed judges. Additionally, they have been invited to pitch at the LA BioMed Innovation Showcase on March 9th, an event gathering startups from prestigious research institutions throughout California. Organizations participating include LA BioMed, Biocom, California Life Sciences Institute, CalState LA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Lab Launch, Larta Institute, Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UCSD, USC, and more.

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