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Meet the Finalists

Navega Therapeutics, a company developing gene therapy to treat chronic pain. The company is currently a member of life science incubator JLABS. CEO: Ana Moreno

Lendit Inc., which develops software for rental business, such as sports, auto and boating. CEO: Andrew Adrian

Hydrostasis Inc., a company that is developing a hydration monitor for athletes. The company recently graduated from Ad Astra, a local accelerator for female founders. CEO: Debbie Chen

GroGuru, a company developing monitors that can be buried near crops to track soil moisture and salinity. The company is currently part of EvoNexus’ technology incubator. CEO: Patrick Henry

Vivid Genomics, a company founded by a former Illumina executive that uses machine learning and genomics to screen patients for Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials. The company is currently located at JLABS and recently graduated from Ad Astra. CEO: Julie Collens

Aquacycl, which uses a combination of bacteria and electrodes to treat wastewater more quickly and recover energy as electricity. Aquacycl is a portfolio company of Tech Coast Angels. CEO: Orianna Bretschger

Nanome Inc., a VR platform that is used to visualize small molecules and proteins for research. CEO: Steven McCloskey

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