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Sonavi Labs wins global pitch competition
By Amanda Winters /
February 04, 2020

Local medical device company Sonavi Labs, Inc., recently put Maryland on the map during an overseas start-up contest.

The Baltimore City business traveled as part of the Maryland delegation to Arab Health 2020, one of the world’s largest healthcare exhibitions. During the four-day expo, the company participated in the Innov8 Talks pitch competition, featuring 32 companies from across the globe. Sonavi presented its debut device – Feelix, a digital stethoscope platform including respiratory diagnostic devices and supportive software – and took first place in the competition. As a prize, the company will receive a free booth at next year's conference.

“I am so glad that we were able to start 2020 off with this win,” said CEO Ellington West. “We brought the whole Sonavi Labs team here because this is one of the world’s largest medical conferences, and I’m ecstatic that we all got to be a part of this amazing victory.”

Led by Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, the Maryland delegation consisted of 11 local companies looking to expand into the global medical market.

“Your success showcases not only the benefit of events like Arab Health in exposing Maryland start-ups to a global audience, it also highlights the strength and innovation of our state's healthcare industry," Lt. Governor Rutherford said about the company's achievement.

“The company’s Feelix platform has the potential to help thousands of patients around the world, and we couldn’t be happier to have them located here in Maryland," said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. 

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