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The third iteration of SMILE Health will culminate in a day of demonstrations at the HLTH Conference 2024 in Las Vegas in the US on 20–23 October. (Image: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock)

Wed. 17. April 2024


BOSTON, US: SMILE Health is a business accelerator programme that aims to bridge the gap between dental and medical care by providing a platform for innovative solutions to be validated and scaled. The initiative is specifically tailored for novel start-ups and supported by industry experts and a network of strategic partners, such as Henry Schein and Colgate-Palmolive. The application process has begun for the third iteration of the programme, and the organisers are calling on dental and healthcare innovators around the world to apply.

This year, the organisers have introduced three categories that relate to the linking of oral health with overall health. The accelerator programme will focus on the following: (1) advancing accessible, equitable and integrated healthcare; (2) reducing disparities through oral healthcare; and (3) connecting chronic care with oral healthcare.

Each selected start-up will receive a US$10,000 (€9,395*) stipend to facilitate its participation, and the programme will culminate in a day of demonstrations at the HLTH Conference 2024, which will take place in Las Vegas in the US on 20–23 October. At the conference, participants will have the opportunity to present their solutions to a distinguished audience of industry leaders and prospective investors and partners.

SMILE Health is organised by CareQuest Innovation Partners and healthcare innovation hub MATTER. Katie D’Amico, vice president of growth and innovation at CareQuest, commented in a press release that integrating dental and medical care is crucial to reducing healthcare inequities and improving health outcomes and that achieving this needs intentional collaboration between significant stakeholders. “Through our SMILE Health community, we are proud to bring together leaders shaping the healthcare industry with mission-aligned innovators to advance new solutions that address long-standing challenges and transform healthcare,” D’Amico said.

Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein, said: “We are excited to participate in the SMILE Health programme, joining many premier organisations aligned to advancing innovation and supporting novel start-ups.”

The application period closes on 8 May, and interested start-ups are encouraged to apply early. For more details and to submit an application, visit the SMILE Health website.

Editorial note:

* Calculated on the OANDA platform on 16 April 2024.

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