After several years of developing mass spectrometry protocols for novel microsampling matrices such as dried-blood-spots and volumetric absorptive microsampling (VAMS), we realized that even though there are extremely sensitive high-throughput instruments capable of working with minuscule amounts of sample, the major bottleneck in research is actually the process of obtaining the samples. Participant recruitment and study organization is outdated and does not make use of modern internet and analytical tools. We decided to change this and in 2018 founded Interestingsamples – company set to make clinical trials faster, more affordable and attractive for participants. We are 3 young, motivated professionals advised by a series of university professors and key opinion leaders from the blood microsampling community.
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We won jury prize for the best presentation in PRIMER pre-accelerator program organized by Civitta Slovakia and EIT InnoEnergy. It is a small victory, but yet another valuable validation of our concept by several central european investors. Many thanks to the organizers of this information-rich program and to our blood microsampling partner Neoteryx.
We were selected to HealthCareLab - ambitious CEE startup accelerator powered by Roche. We are among 6 startups chosen from 34 applicants.
Startup and Innovation Day 2019 Budapest
After winning the Slovak round of Startup Campus V4 Roadshow start-up event, we were selected to participate in the regional Get in the Ring contest in Budapest. Here, seven other aspiring companies from the Visegrad countries pitched their ideas in front of hundreds of investors at a glamorous start-up event held in the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts. We had the opportunity to pitch our idea in front of Dr. Vereckei Péter - CEO of Pfizer Hungary and sponsor of the event. Although we did not win this time, our idea found an audience and we were able to start conversations with several investors and made numerous contacts. Many thanks to the organizers of Regional Startup and Innovation Day 2019 - Hiventures, Startup Campus and Rocket Shepherd.
Startup Campus V4 Roadshow
We won the Slovakian final in Bratislava in a thrilling competition of the best local MedTech startups - Startup Campus V4 Roadshow. Many thanks to Civitta Slovakia and Startup Campus for our nomination and also thanks to all jury members - Pavol Cekan (CEO at MultiplexDX International), Eva Šimeková (CEO at Civitta Slovakia) and Tamás Tossenberger (Head of Communications and International Programmes at Startup Campus) for showing interest in our startup.