Hoag Innovators voted to split $1 million among three doctors who pitched their ideas as part of the “Shark Tank meets Ted Talk” incubator that’s been spun out of Newport Beach’s Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.
About 160 people, including 20 doctors, met at Newport Beach’s Lido Hotel in late October to discuss health during a two-hour meeting. Each doctor had six minutes to pitch a project followed by a five-minute question-and-answer period.
To date, the group has made 19 such investments, ranging from NK Cell Therapy, which supports immunotherapy clinical trials for pancreatic cancer care to Invenio’s laser imaging allowing neurosurgeons to make a more accurate and expeditious diagnosis. “Our investments are measurably impacting care at Hoag while enhancing recruitment,” Brunswick told the audience.