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Medley Genomics and Transformative AI receive awards from the Pistoia Alliance

The two Startup companies have been recognised by the Pistoia Alliance for their work accelerating research into precision cancer therapies and advancing deep learning in healthcare. 

The Pistoia Alliance, a global, not for profit alliance that works to lower barriers to innovation in life sciences research and development, has announced the winners of its 2017 President’s Startup Challenge.

The grand prize winner, selected by a panel of seven industry judges, is Medley Genomics. The audience vote winner, chosen by The Pistoia Alliance’s members, is Transformative AI.

The two startups were chosen from five finalists, shortlisted from 20 challenge entries from the US, Europe and India, following a live ‘Shark Tank’ pitching event at The Pistoia Alliance’s 2017 member conference in Boston. Both Medley Genomics and Transformative AI will receive an award of $20,000 and six months one-to-one mentorship from a Pistoia Alliance member; in addition to one year’s access to Elsevier's R&D Solutions portfolio, and to Clarivate Analytics’ life-science assets. All five finalists receive a $5,000 award and one year's free membership to The Pistoia Alliance.

‘I congratulate Medley Genomics and Transformative AI on their wins – two dynamic startups in the field of data analytics, deep learning and AI. Both teams pitched innovative solutions that will ultimately lead to better patient outcomes, through the pioneering application of advanced technology,’ commented Dr Steve Arlington, president of the Pistoia Alliance.

‘All five finalists of this year’s President’s Challenge are examples of the exciting, inventive mind-set that is a vital feature of the life sciences sector. As pharmaceutical and healthcare companies struggle to make use of the deluge of data flooding the industry, startups such as these will be critical in helping to unlock the value of data that leads to breakthrough discoveries and precision therapies for patients’ added Arlington.

Medley Genomics is a US startup dedicated to addressing the challenges of genomic heterogeneity in the diagnosis and treatment of complex diseases – with an initial focus on cancer. Through advanced data analytics of molecular sequencing data, Medley Genomics seeks to better inform initial therapeutic decisions, including combination therapies, resulting in significant benefit in patient outcomes.


Transformative AI is a UK startup that uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) and novel analysis techniques also employed at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The team’s mission is to transform the treatment of serious medical conditions by collecting and translating clinical data into real-time, predictive assessments that will guide the actions of patients and healthcare providers.


The President’s Startup Challenge is an annual award that rewards the companies that are transforming life sciences and healthcare. 


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