Established, the founders of media company Tech.Co, has named Ashburn’s Aperiomics as the 2018 Startup of the Year for its innovation and the work the company does to help people suffering from chronic infection.
This award was presented at the Innovate Celebrate competition in Boston last month. The event was co-sponsored by Established and the Consumer Technology Association.
Aperiomics and CEO and co-founder Crystal Icenhour were recognized for offering “one-of-a-kind technology [that] can identify every known pathogen in a single test, helping to address the 75% failure rate of existing identification of infection-causing pathogens.”
“We are grateful to the judges and participants at Innovate Celebrate for recognizing the important work our team is doing to help doctors and their patients identify the causes of chronic infection. Our technology has helped hundreds of patients and their healthcare teams finally identify the root causes of their chronic illness,” Icenhour said. “This is a new frontier in the use of DNA analysis and we are excited to lead the way.”
The company also recently brought home the grand prize in the Vinetta Project pitch challenge in Washington, DC. The Vinetta Project is a NYC-born collective that aims to close the gender-based venture capital funding gap by connecting female founders and investors. Also the National Science Foundation last month awarded the company an additional $229,000 phase IIb through its Small Business Innovative Research program. Over the past two years, Aperiomics has received more than $1.6 million from the NSF.
In 2017, the company closed a seed round of funding raising $512,000 that was led by Pipeline Angels, a national network of new and seasoned women angel investors. In 2016, the company was named “Life Sciences Innovator of the Year.”