José Augusto Stuchi and his Smart Retinal Camera win the Falling Walls Lab Sao Paulo 2016

Falling Walls Lab Founding Partner A.T. Kearney and the German House of Science and Innovation Sao Paulo (DWIH-SP) teamed up to host the Falling Walls Lab Sao Paulo 2016 on 19 September 2016.

14 presenters pitched their ideas from different fields of research and society in 3 minutes each. A distinguished jury made up of representatives from academia and industry selected the most intriguing presentation. 

The winners of the Falling Walls Lab Sao Paulo will travel to Berlin and participate in the global Lab Finale on 8 November 2016. The winner will also receive a ticket for the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2016 within the scope of an A.T. Kearney scholarship.

Meet the winners

1. Place: José Augusto Stuchi, Brazil, Phelcom Technologies / UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas - Breaking the Wall of Blindness Due to Retinal Diseases

In the world, there are about 300 million vision impaired people and millions will lose vision this year according to the World Health Organization. Additionally, the majority of cases happens in developing countries, and about 80% of blindness cases are avoidable. In this challenging context, we are proposing the Smart Retinal Camera, which is a portable and connected high resolution eye fundus imager, integrated with a smartphone. Ophthalmologists can diagnose different eye diseases using our equipment, and the telemedicine system makes easier the examinations in underserved and remote communities, reducing costs and increasing the accessibility, finally helping in the blindness prevention.

José will travel to Berlin in November to represent the Falling Walls Lab Sao Paulo 2016

2. Place: Diogo Biagi, Brazil, PluriCell Biotech / USP - Universidade of São Paulo - Breaking the Wall of Using Human Cells to Help Human Health   

Diogo and his team intend to use human specialized cells derived from human iPS to produce new medicines and, in the future, use them in regenerative medicine, either in cell therapy or to build organs.   

Diogo will also receive a ticket to Berlin for his idea in the area of human cell research.

Meet the Jury:

François Santos, Partner, A.T. Kearney
Klaus Schutzer, Professor, UNIMEP - Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba
Ricardo Kahn, Innovation and New Business Director, AES Eletropaulo
Marcelo Frontini, CTO, Banco Bradesco
Cilene da Silva, Journalist, Faculdade Cásper Líbero
Adalberto Fazzio, Professor, Universidade Federal do ABC


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