UCSF Health Awards returns for 3rd year with a new name, Innovation Pavilion at HLTH 2021, and life sciences awards

May 25, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, May 25th, 2021. The UCSF Health Awards returns for the 3rd Annual Award show to recognize the achievements of innovative health tech companies that are dramatically improving healthcare through the use of technology. This year, the show has been renamed to the UCSF Health Awards and will focus not only on the digital health space but life sciences as well, in order to properly address the health tech industry as a whole.

“Part of the success of our Awards show is to partner with the best companies in the industry,” said UCSF Health Hub Chairman and Builders VC venture Partner Mark Goldstein. “For our 3rd Annual, we needed to do three things: Return live, reflect ‘all of healthcare’ by adding life sciences awards, and help our winners sell. We are thrilled to announce our Innovation Pavilion at HLTH 2021 in Boston and expansion into the Life Sciences Awards category brought to you by Biocom California.”

UCSF Health Awards has worked with HLTH to create the exclusive UCSF Health Awards Innovation Pavilion at HLTH 2021 in Boston. HLTH is the top industry event in America that brings together preeminent health industry leaders, government officials, policy experts, politicians, and tech industry influencers. HLTH creates a unique marketplace for the health community leading the dialogue and development of a better health ecosystem. All 2021 UCSF Awards Show winners will be included in a promotional video and also featured at the center of the UCSF Health Awards Innovation Pavilion. “We applaud UCSF’s mission to bring visibility to innovation in healthcare, where it is so desperately needed,” said Rich Scarfo, President of HLTH. “With our event platform focused entirely on digital health innovation, this is a natural partnership, and we are pleased to support the UCSF Health Awards.”

UCSF Health Awards also partnered with Biocom California to create five new Life Sciences Awards. “We are pleased to partner with UCSF Health Hub/UCSF Health Awards to recognize the extraordinary innovation taking place in our industry around the globe. The mission of the life science community is to improve the human condition and address unmet medical needs. These new awards are testament to that spirit of innovation and determination,” said Joe Panetta, president and CEO of Biocom California.

The five Life Sciences awards are:

  • New Therapeutics: Best drug or drug candidate in the field of oncology, immunology, neuroscience or metabolic, or in an emerging modality
  • New Life Sciences Diagnostic: Best next generation sequencing platform, with a focus on COVID-19, infectious disease, liquid biopsies and biomarker identification  
  • New Life Sciences Tool: Best emerging synthetic biology or AI-enabled drug development platform that is advancing the field of biotechnology
  • COVID-19 Therapeutic: Best COVID-19 therapeutic drug or drug candidate, exclusive of COVID-19 vaccines
  • COVID Technology Derivatives: Best COVID-19 technology that is being applied to fight global public health crises outside of COVID-19

UCSF Health Awards 2021 is also supported by countless healthcare innovation centers, venture capital firms, industry experts, renownded health systems in addition to our 2020 Award Winners.

In addition to the five new life science categories, this year’s award show will once again feature the same 13 categories from last year:

  • Consumer Prevention
  • Consumer Wellness
  • Employer Prevention & Wellness
  • Hospital Diagnostics
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • New application of AI
  • New EHR Advance
  • Patient Cost Savings
  • Remote Diagnostic Tool or Device
  • New Application in Telehealth
  • Breakthrough COVID Technology
  • Best Company with UCSF DNA
  • UCSF Hall of Fame

Details on each category can be found here. Submissions will open on June 1st and close on July 31. The full schedule for the 2021 event date can be found here. The Grand Finale event will be held in Mission Bay, San Francisco on October 7, 2021.

Preview Video Link for the Award Show can be viewed here. To learn more about the UCSF Health Awards visit here.


About UCSF Health Awards 2021
UCSF Health Awards is the ‘Oscars’ of the health tech industry. We seek to find the next best products and technologies in biotech, life sciences, and digital health. At our Grand Finale we crown 18 winners from thousands of submissions and help amplify their reach through our extensive network of healthcare innovation centers, venture capital firms, industry experts, and previous award winners.

About UCSF Health Hub
UCSF Health Hub is a 501(c)3 non-profit, affiliated with the University of California.  Our goal is to help the next best digital health companies develop ideas, validate, and scale by matching them to advisors, investors, mentors, clinicians, and customers.Our 20,000 member and subscriber community consists of thousands of select, early-to-late stage healthcare companies and highly qualified healthcare industry experts, mentors, investors, clinicians, researchers, and buyers who subscribe to our newsletters, get matched via our UCSF Health Hub Connect platform, participate in the UCSF Health Award program, and attend our monthly events (both live and virtual).

About UCSF:
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is exclusively focused on the healthsciences and is dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedicalresearch, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, andexcellence in patient care. It includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals, as well as affiliations throughout the Bay Area. Learn more at ucsf.edu, or see our Fact Sheet.

About UCSF Innovation Ventures:
Every healthcare technology project is unique, and translational technology development and commercialization can become a complex process. Innovation Ventures is dedicated to helping the University of California, San Francisco community navigate those complexities by working up-close with our research faculty and promising students to really understand their science. We have a single purpose and that is to support the transition of UCSF innovation out of the lab and into the marketplace as more fully developed therapies, with a greater confidence of success. Whether evaluating a new discovery, securing funding, seeking external partnerships, or starting new companies, Innovation Ventures is here to facilitate protection, development, and commercialization of novel and valuable healing inventions.

About Biocom California
For over 25 years, Biocom California has helped move the life science industry forward with transformative resources that enable companies to make meaningful connections. With a membership base of over 1,400 companies, we connect our members to each other so they can collaborate and work stronger and smarter together. We connect organizations to capital investment and purchasing solutions so they can grow faster and work more efficiently. We’re their link to advocacy that fights for innovation and we provide an environment where their business and talent can thrive. Biocom California is how the life science industry gets connected.

About HLTH 2021
HLTH 2021 is the preeminent event designed for the health industry, bringing together senior leaders to solve healthcare’s most pressing problems and realize the most promising opportunities to create health’s future.HLTH features four days of inspiring content, curated networking, educational sessions, and dynamic events for payers, providers, employers, investors, startups, life sciences, policymakers and innovation centers.


Category name
Best in Class Winner
Rising Stars Winner
Remote Diagnostic Tool or Device
Huma Therapeutics
Rune Labs
Aidar Health Inc.
Cognita Labs
Health Equity
Propeller Health
Pluto Health
Patient Safety
Employer Subsidized Wellness
Carrum Health
Reperio Health
Plethy, Inc
Women's Health
Carrot Fertility
Hey Jane
Pediatric/ Adolescent Care Innovation
Hazel Health, Inc.
Clinical Diagnostic Device, Platform or Tool
HeartFlow, Inc.
Particle Health
Flosonics Medical
Mental & Behavioral Health
Brightside Health
Flow Neuroscience
Ellipsis Health
Consumer Wellness
Outset Medical
Osara Health (formerly CancerAid)
Sonde Health
Surgical Transformation
nSight Surgical
Best Use of AI in Health Tech
Next-Gen Telemedicine
Nest Collaborative
Grant Beneficiaries:
Aidar Health
(Remote Diagnostic Device, Platform or Tool)
Ayble Health
(Consumer Wellness)
(Mental and Behavioral Health)
Pangaea Health
(Best use of AI in Health Tech)
Skin Analytics
(Best use of AI in Health Tech)
Hall of Fame
Johathan Bush
Jonathan Gleason
Category name
Remote Diagnostic Tool or Device
Health Equity
Patient Safety
Employer Subsidized Wellness
Women's Health
Pediatric/ Adolescent Care Innovation
Clinical Diagnostic Device, Platform or Tool
Mental & Behavioral Health
Consumer Wellness
Surgical Transformation
Best Use of AI in Health Tech
Next-Gen Telemedicine
Daniel Kraft
Stephen Klasko
Mark Goldstein
Geeta Nayyar
Stephen Klasko
Daniel Kraft
Geeta Nayyar
Matthew Holt
Daniel Kraft
Stephen Klasko
Mark Goldstein
Mark Goldstein
Matthew Holt
Murray Brozinsky
Chief Strategy Officer, Amwell Former CEO, Conversa
Gregg Talbert
Senior Vice President, Head of Personalized Healthcare and Digital Partnering
Lance Baily
"Founder/CEO - HealthySimulation.com Advisory Board Member - Patient Safety Technology Challenge"
Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative
Stacy Feld
Regional Head, Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson
Brittany Barreto
Chief Innovation Officer & Founder
Omkar Kulkarni
Chief Innovation & Digital Transformation Officer
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles / Kids X
Jonathan Weiner
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Josh Seidenfeld
Partner and Chair, Digital Health
Charlie Haddad
Associate VP of Digital Health
Mike Roizen
Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus
Cleveland Clinic
Stefano Bini
Founder, DOC SF
Sally Frank
Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Lead
Unity Stoakes
President and co-founder
StartUp Health
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