Mindful Scientific Wins Business Pitch Competition at 2013 Harvard Extension Business Conference

By David Li, bostonese.com

Cambridge, Mass., April 29, 2013, — In 17 days, Canadian entrepreneur Ying Tam won two awards at 2013 Harvard Extension Business Conference (HEBC) and at the IBM Innovation Center. In the afternoon of April 27, Mindful Scientific emerged as winner among eight finalists after two rounds of intense competition at the HEBC in Northwest Science building at Harvard University. The Healio team finished as the first runner-up.
Mr. Ying Tam (front) congratulated by the four judges (from left): Kishan Mallur, Phillip Dade, Dennis Ceru and Rohit Chopra. (photo by David Li)

Ying Tam is CEO of Mindful Scientific, a company focused on brain health, based in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is currently participating in the Canadian Technology Accelerator and is resident at the Cambridge Innovation Center.

“I’m very exited in winning the Business Pitch Competition. We are also looking for engineers and developers at HEBC so that we can be ready for go-to-market next year,” Mr. Tam said after winning the competition.

According to its website, Mindful Scientific has developed a product called The Halifax Consciousness Scanner (HCS) that “uses a novel algorithm that compresses HOURS of expert testing into a five minute test.” In his presentation, Mr. Tam pointed out that there was a huge market for HCS and Mindful Scientific has filed three patents and two more was in the pipeline.

Healio team presented their smart phone app that aimed to reduce patient followup visits. The core idea was allowing patients and doctors communication over smart phones by sending photos of wounds and answering questions with the help of the smart phone app.

Four judges for the Business Pitch Competition were: Rohit Chopra, a well-rounded technology leader with extensive quality assurance, project management, research, and entrepreneurial experience, Dr. Dennis Ceru, an Adjunct Professor at Babson College, where he teaches MBA courses in entrepreneurship and business strategy, Kishan Mallur is the founder of Synctropy Corporation, a consultant to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts playing a key role in the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act, and teaches courses on Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Harvard, and Phillip Dade, a serial entrepreneur from Newport Beach, CA who founded his first company at the age of 17, successfully selling to a public company three years later.

Mindful Scientific’s Ying Tam is a winner at IBM’s Mentoring Day

Ying Tam was named one of the winners of the IBM Connecting Companies with Capital Mentoring Day, held at the IBM Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass. on April 10.
Ying Tam (left) of Mindful Scientific and Stanley Goldstein, CEO of Patient Engagement Systems, a local company with technology from UVM were selected from the six finalists for an opportunity to compete for a spot in the next IBM SmartCamp.

Trade Commissioners Chris Carr and Christine Sarkisian of the Consulate General of Canada in Boston are working with local organizations like, the MIT Enterprise Forum, MassMEDIC, MassBio and MassTLC, and with global companies like IBM to assist Mindful Scientific’s CEO and eight other Canadian entrepreneurs who have been selected for three-month residencies in the CTA to accelerate their growth. The entrepreneurs, who are all focused on Information and communication technologies, health info technology, biotechnology or medical devices and diagnostics also receive mentoring from a prestigious group of Canadian expatriates in New England called the C100.