Wayfinder startup Syntr Health Technologies has been chosen to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Conference taking place in Boston at Northeastern University on October 13-15. After placing as a semi-finalist in the Designing Solutions for Poverty Competition through the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation during the 2017 New Venture Competition, Syntr worked with the Blum Center on an application for the CGI U event. They will be attending this conference as one of two teams from UCI.
The meeting will bring together more than 1,100 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Through the CGI University Network and other opportunities, over $750,000 in funding will be available to select CGI U 2017 students to help them turn their ideas into action.
Syntr Health Technologies was chosen out of several applicants due to their commitment to innovation coupled with concrete, detailed plans of action to address the global issue of Diabetes, which affects approximately 10% of the U.S. population. Although medication may help keep diabetes under control, the co-morbidities of diabetes can be debilitating. Up to 25% of patients with diabetes will develop a Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) in their lifetime, with a reported 770,000 new cases annually. DFUs are the leading cause of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations, and a staggering 50% of these amputees die within five years after having such surgery.
The statistics provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also make a compelling argument for addressing the DFU problem.
● 30 million adults were estimated to have diabetes in 2010
● 100 million adults in the U.S. are projected to have diabetes by 2050
● 25% of diabetics will develop a DFU in their lifetime
● 770,000 new cases of DFU reported annually
● 30% amputation rate after developing a DFU
● 50% of amputees die within five years after surgery
Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Students create their Commitments to Action, fundraising campaigns that address issues on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Since 2008, students have made more than 6,250 commitments, and nearly $3 million in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers through CGI U.
With an affordable point-of-care therapeutic, Syntr Health Technologies aims to reduce the number of DFU-related amputations and alleviate the financial burden on the healthcare system.
Syntr’s Commitment to Action crowdfunding campaign for the Clinton Global Initiative is asking for help in offsetting the costs involved with FDA approval. This will allow the team to bring about a much-needed solution closer to commercialization. The end goal of the therapeutic will be helping prevent thousands of amputations and ultimately, save lives.
To learn more about Syntr’s Commitment to Action and to participate, visit: