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Upper Valley Innovators Position NH as the Next Medtech Hub

Sep 16, 2021   |   New Hampshire Union Leader

"Founded in January 2020, the Upper Valley MedTech Collaborative wants to promote a vibrant medtech community in the Upper Valley region, which includes the cities of Hanover, Norwich and Lebanon, among other surrounding towns in New Hampshire and Vermont," reports the New Hampshire Union Leader.

..."'Because of Dartmouth College, the strong engineering discipline there, the affiliation with Dartmouth-Hitchcock (Medical Center), the giant academic center and all of the companies that have grown around that community, there is really an opportunity for innovation,' [Greg Lange, UVMTC steering committee chair] says. 'This is growing on the heels of some of the early biotech and life sciences work done in the region, from companies like GlycoFi or Adimab, that really created a tremendous amount of value and were grown right here in the Upper Valley.'"

..."Lange, as well as two other Simbex leaders — President [and Dartmouth Engineering Adjunct Professor] Rick Greenwald and Chief Technical Officer Jeff Chu — are largely responsible for the formation of the collaborative. It was them — alongside Hutchins, Alice Peck Day Hospital Vice President of External Affairs Peter Glenshaw, and Lodestone Biomedical CEO and Dartmouth engineering professor Solomon Diamond — who first gathered in early 2020 to develop a vision and plan for UVMTC.

"The collaborative has since added two additional steering committee members, Reia CEO and co-founder Kaitlin Maier ['14 Th'15] and medtech investor Jenny Barba of BioVentures MedTech Funds."

..."One such company that's benefited from the exposure of the collaborative is Reia, a healthcare startup focused on improving treatment options for people with pelvic organ prolapse — that’s when the muscles supporting the uterus, bladder or rectum become weak and sag inside the body, often protruding down into or out of the vaginal area."

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