The Launch Health Challenge is a year long initiative produced by Energizing Health, is sponsored by Dreamit Ventures, and is in collaboration with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).

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The challenge begins by engaging innovators on the unique opportunities in space and includes a multi-part educational initiative during the first half of 2016, and then in the months leading up to second annual SpaceCom held in Houston, teams of entrepreneurs and companies that demonstrated a competence in working on space and Earth healthcare challenges will be invited to compete for a $50,000 prize from Dreamit Ventures, and a spot in their health acceleration program.

On November 19th at SpaceCom, we are proud to introduce three companies that exemplify the spirit of innovation we are looking to cultivate in the Launch Health Challenge:


BioBots has created a desktop 3D bioprinter that builds 3D living tissues out of human cells. It is a beautifully designed, precision manufactured robot that prints cells and bioinks, bringing a new dimension to biology, see


BioMeme is a smartphone-based DNA detection platform. Their end-to-end mobile platform enables users to isolate DNA, analyze it using gold-standard lab technology and manage results in the cloud, see


Sonomotion offers a non-invasive ultrasound solution that fragments large kidney stones faster, safer and more effectively than existing options and clears the fragments within 15 minutes in an office setting without general anesthesia or x-ray radiation, see

These are the kind of health innovators we want to encourage as part of SpaceCom. The annual Launch Health Challenge encourages healthcare entrepreneurs to tackle challenges that could have implications up on the International Space Station – and then can also be applied down on Earth. On Station, the astronauts are the experiment – observing the changes that happen to them over time in microgravity and finding ways to counter the negative effects.

Two NASA funded organizations are collaborating with the Launch Health Challenge to further health innovations


The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) seeks solutions to health concerns facing astronauts on long missions. While solving space health issues, the Institute is transferring the solutions to patients suffering from similar conditions, including osteoporosis, muscle wasting, shift-related sleep disorders, balance disorders and cardiovascular system problems. The NSBRI offers funding opportunities for qualifying companies through the Space Medical and Related Technologies Commercialization Assistance Program.


The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) provides a unique opportunity for qualifying companies to conduct scientific research and commercial development projects in the microgravity environment offered by the International Space Station. By carefully selecting research and funding projects, by connecting investors looking for opportunity to scientists with great ideas, and by making access to the station faster and easier, CASIS drives scientific inquiry toward developing groundbreaking new technologies and products that tangibly affect our lives.


November 18

Announcement of the Launch Health Challenge at SpaceCom in Houston, TX, and interested innovators can sign up to be a part of the program.

January 4

Webinar schedule for the first half of 2016.  This will include an academic schedule that reflect the opportunities for entrepreneurs to innovate in the unique environs of space and how those innovations have terrestrial benefit.

July 1

A listing of healthcare “pain points” will be published for entrepreneurs interested in competing in the Launch Health Challenge, and individuals, teams, and companies will be invited to sign up to compete in the competition.

September 30

Applications to participate in the challenge will close, and participants will be given a schedule for the SpaceCom 2016 onsite collaboration.


Participants will work together in Houston to hone their ideas, work with other entrepreneurs, and prepare to present their innovations for judging and the final award at SpaceCom.

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