SMILE Health

Accelerating Early-Stage Oral Health Startups

Simple, Minimally Invasive, Integrated, Low-Barrier, and Equitable (SMILE) Health aims to identify and incubate early-stage startups that deliver transformative, disruptive changes that improve overall health.

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SMILE Health

Accelerating Early-Stage Oral Health Startups

Simple, Minimally Invasive, Integrated, Low-Barrier, and Equitable (SMILE) Health aims to identify and incubate early-stage startups that deliver transformative, disruptive changes that improve overall health.

CareQuest Innovation Partners and Matter Logos

SMILE Health asks: How can we provide accessible, equitable, and integrated oral health care?

Does your startup offer solutions that address this challenge?

CareQuest Innovation Partners, a company focused on validating and scaling solutions that improve the oral health of all, in partnership with MATTER, the premier health care incubator and innovation hub, present SMILE Health. SMILE Health is designed for innovators looking beyond the walls of a traditional dentist office to provide care options that:

  • expand racial, socioeconomic, and geographical equity
  • integrate solutions to better align traditional “medical” treatment and oral health to improve health outcomes.

This exciting opportunity offers access to startup mentoring, an in-depth curriculum on scaling solutions, access to data and clinical validation studies, and expertise designed to anticipate barriers to adoption.

SMILE Health Priority Areas

SMILE Health is seeking novel solutions that make oral health:

  1. More accessible — Finding preventive or minimally invasive solutions delivered both inside and outside of the dental office
  2. More equitable — Progressing toward racial, socioeconomic, and geographical equity in oral health care
  3. More integrated — Bridging the gap between overall health and oral health

SMILE Health brings together industry-leading organizations to support oral health transformation

A select, and growing, group of industry leading organizations are coming together at SMILE Health to advance cutting-edge, integrated solutions and transform overall health.

Our Partners

Transforming Oral Health Webinar

Explore the problem and the solutions needed in this recorded webinar featuring Dr. Bruce Donoff, former dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Dr. Gail Christopher, executive director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity.

 
 
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See who’s affected by gaps in oral health

SMILE Health asks: How can we provide accessible, equitable, and integrated oral health care?

Does your startup offer solutions that address this challenge?

CareQuest Innovation Partners, a company focused on validating and scaling solutions that improve the oral health of all, in partnership with MATTER, the premier health care incubator and innovation hub, present SMILE Health. SMILE Health is designed for innovators looking beyond the walls of a traditional dentist office to provide care options that:

  • expand racial, socioeconomic, and geographical equity
  • integrate solutions to better align traditional “medical” treatment and oral health to improve health outcomes.

This exciting opportunity offers access to startup mentoring, an in-depth curriculum on scaling solutions, access to data and clinical validation studies, and expertise designed to anticipate barriers to adoption.

SMILE Health Priority Areas

SMILE Health is seeking novel solutions that make oral health:

  1. More accessible — Finding preventive or minimally invasive solutions delivered both inside and outside of the dental office
  2. More equitable — Progressing toward racial, socioeconomic, and geographical equity in oral health care
  3. More integrated — Bridging the gap between overall health and oral health

SMILE Health brings together industry-leading organizations to support oral health transformation

A select, and growing, group of industry leading organizations are coming together at SMILE Health to advance cutting-edge, integrated solutions and transform overall health.

Our Partners

Seae Ventures logoSpringRock Ventures logo
See who’s effected by gaps in oral health
Explore the SMILE Health Program Details
Applications Closed

Timeline

Meet the SMILE Health Cohort

SMILE Health received more than 100 applications from startup companies spanning 11 countries and 28 US states. After careful consideration, the first SMILE Health cohort of startup companies has been selected. The cohort teams embody the overall program’s goals for equity and integration: 80% of the cohort have female leadership, all teams are comprised of diverse stakeholders, and 20% of the solutions come from outside the dental industry.  Meet the SMILE Health startups!

OrisDX

Chicago, Illinois

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OrisDX provides patients better clarity on their health through novel saliva-based diagnostics to identify pre-cancer and cancer. Based on innovative research from the University of Chicago, their first product detects oral cavity cancer through non-invasive genetic testing of patients’ saliva.

Wide Awake VR

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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WAVR is a better and safer way for people to experience medical procedures without the need for sedatives. When patients use virtual reality (VR) to mitigate against anxiety, providers can use immersive media content instead of narcotics in the comfort and safety of their offices.

SleepArchitects

Newport Beach, California

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SleepArchitects is democratizing access to obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment for dental professionals and consumers using a simple, convenient, turnkey digital experience. They offer automated text communication, fun patient education videos, full-service MD-guided home sleep testing and highly-trained dentists using oral appliance therapy supported by experts, making for happy and healthy patients and doctors.

Novel White Plastic Preformed Crown 

Dunedin, New Zealand

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A research team out of Sir John Walsh Research Institute, Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Otago develops innovative dental products that will transform the international dental products market. Currently, they’re developing a novel, tooth-colored, preformed tooth crown for treating decayed teeth in children using the minimally invasive Hall Technique. They are academic researchers with extensive experience in dental biomaterials development, dental crown design, mechanical testing and clinical trials, working in collaboration with a polymer manufacturing company in New Zealand.

OraQ 

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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OraQ is building an innovative software solution that leverages the power of AI and machine learning technology to enable precision patient care that is customized to the needs of every patient, by giving dentists what they need in real-time during the patient visit. OraQ will provide advanced patient assessments and detailed risk profiling by shifting the current reactive model of care to one of risk reduction and prevention. They are inventing evidence-based diagnosing and combine efficient and ethical treatment to plan the patient’s oral health management. OraQ gives dentists a distinct competitive advantage to offer higher-value procedures that have a greater benefit to the patient.

Attend Demo Day

Join CareQuest Innovation Partners and MATTER as we culminate the SMILE Health program with a Demo Day. This public event will showcase the companies that have participated in the inaugural program aimed at creating more equitable, accessible and integrated oral health.

SMILE Health Partners

The true success of any innovative solution is its adoption at scale. SMILE Health has brought together leading industry players to validate and scale program solutions. Our Impact and Scale Partners validate solutions to make them market-ready and provide capital and access to customers.

Impact Partners

Impact Partners contribute:

  • The opportunity to test and refine SMILE health solutions, their business models, and product market fit
  • Real-world problems to solve for by designing and steering validation studies with select start-ups
  • Resources, access to insights, expertise, and support in a 4 to 6-week validation study

Impact Partners receive:

  • Early access to the full pipeline of SMILE Health solutions
  • The opportunity to select high-quality, relevant solutions to work with
  • Early access to deploy validated solutions

Scale Partners

Scale Partners contribute:

  • Access to potential customers and go-to-market partners
  • Capital to select startups who meet their investment criteria

Scale Partners receive:

  • Demo Day access and first look at graduating ventures
  • Exclusive opportunity to provide seed capital to validated start-ups
  • Early access to deploy validated solutions
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