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Children’s Research Institute Startup, Adipomics, Selected to Present in First University Startups Demo Day at Congress

August 30, 2016
Washington, DC - Adipomics, a Children's National Health System (CNHS) startup, has been selected to present in the first University Startups Demo Day at Congress on September 20, 2016, in Washington, DC. Organized by The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), an association of university Startup Officers, Demo Day is an opportunity for startups to present their company and work.

Adipomics was one of 32 companies selected from a pool of 200 applicants as one of the “Best Startups in 2016.” The company was founded in 2015 with the goal of improving diagnostics and treatment around childhood obesity by developing an early detection method for diagnosing obesity. The diagnostic can extract and fully assess adipocyte-derived exosomes from urine - allowing for a non-invasive early detection and longitudinal tracking tool for obesity-induced comorbid diseases.

“The selection of Adipomics is a testament to the work conducted at Children’s Research Institute (CRI) in developing scientific research and transferring technologies from the lab bench to the marketplace,” said Greg Baker, Ph.D., Director, Innovation and Technology Commercialization. “At CRI we work on ensuring our research efforts are translated into a positive impact on the District's economy and across the health industry. Our researchers have successfully launched more than a dozen startup companies, which continues to further establish Children National’s role as a leading innovation hub in the biomedical and bioengineering fields.”

“We founded this company last year with the goal of improving diagnostics and treatment around childhood obesity,” said Robert Freishtat, President of Adipomics. “Being selected as one of the Best Startups in 2016, and one of two start-ups from the District, demonstrates our team’s commitments to the objective of combating obesity and its associated diseases and to the great support that CRI provided us with tech transfer support”.

Little attention has been drawn into the efforts for transformations occurring at universities to build campus-wide innovative ecosystems. The University Startups Demo Day is one such opportunity for higher education institutions to showcase their role as facilitators and incubators for the innovations happening in the health technology industry.

"To lead the world in the 21st Century, our nation must have a sustained commitment to education, scientific research, and startups," says Tony Stanco, NCET2 Executive director, "and American universities are uniquely positioned to deliver on all three to ensure the U.S. continues to lead socially and economically in this century, as it did in the last."

Contact: Hani Ukayli at 202-476-4500.

About Children’s Research Institute

Research at Children’s National is conducted through Children’s Research Institute (CRI), the academic arm of Children’s National Health System. Children’s Research Institute research includes all translational, clinical, and community studies. Children’s Research Institute also oversees the educational activities and academic affairs of Children's National and the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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