CareQuest Innovation Partners and MATTER announce new partners and startups joining second cohort of SMILE Health programme

SMILE Health has announced a new cohort for the second year of its programme which features of five startups and 21 partners. The programme aims for solutions that make oral health more accessible, equitable and integrated with overall health. It is organised by CareQuest Innovation partners, a company focused on validating and scaling solutions to improve oral health, in partnership with healthcare incubator, MATTER.

The five startups are: Biolectrics, Grin, Kare Mobile, Incivisive Technologies and Lura. The new cohort’s services include wearables, artificial intelligence (AI) tools, remote care and early detection solutions. The second cohort were selected from 100 applications received from startup companies which spanned 11 countries and 24 states across the US.

“The volume of high-quality solutions submitted to the programme demonstrates the high unmet need and opportunity for innovation in oral health and its integration into overall health,” said Mariya Filipova, chief innovation officer of CareQuest Innovation Partners.

In addition, the announcement made on an 8 Aug unveils the 21 partners, which spans across the medical, dental, consumer goods, venture capital and insurance industries, who will support the programme. These partners will provide SMILE Health startups with the opportunity to test and refine solutions, business models and product-market fit in real-world settings by designing and steering data-driven validation studies over 6-8 weeks.

Twenty-one partners and 5 startups will comprise the second cohort of the programme (Image: CareQuest Innovation Partners)

“SMILE Health is taking a unique approach to rapidly validate and deploy solutions designed to address dental access, equity and integration,” said Steve Pollock, president of DentaQuest, part of Sun Life US. “Supporting this programme aligns directly with our mission to improve the oral health of all, and we are excited to support the development of these novel innovations as they become viable opportunities to fill critical gaps in the market.”

“We are excited to participate in the SMILE Health programme, joining many premier organisations aligned to advancing innovation and supporting novel startups,” said Stanley Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein. “Henry Schein has a heritage of growth through innovation and a history of support for healthcare professionals and the patients they serve. Our participation in the SMILE Health programme reflects our commitment to advancing oral health.”