We are delighted to announce the 5 finalists for the Pistoia Alliance President’s Startup Challenge 2019.


This year we have solutions covering diagnostics, lab of the future, AI and machine learning, in turn providing benefit to patients and help accelerate innovation and collaboration in R&D. You can find out more about each finalist below.


Please contact me directly if you’d like to be put in touch with a particular startup here.


They will present their pitches at our members US Conference in Boston on October 23rd.


The finalists are:



Arctoris allows researchers and biotech entrepreneurs to design and remotely execute advanced cellular and molecular biology research experiments. They offer a complete system to generate, analyse and visualise research data in a secure cloud environment, leveraging the benefits of robotic experimentation, they provide full transparency, precision and consistency in preclinical R&D. Using the Arctoris system, researchers worldwide enjoy accelerated progress in their research, making discoveries faster and more efficiently, whilst being liberated from manual work.


LabVoice brings you the first voice assistant designed specifically for everyday laboratory needs. We know that scientists want to be safe, efficient, and most of all focus on the science. LabVoice gives you a common human-lab interaction, leaving your hands free while we handle the rest. No need to look away or take off your gloves while working in the lab and performing tasks like taking notes, working with software, or using instrumentation. Just say “Hey LabVoice,” and tell us what you need done.



Molecule.one provides software that designs ways to make organic molecules. Based on cutting-edge AI, their patent-pending technology leverages chemical datasets in order to propose novel synthesis pathways within a minute for typical drug-like molecules. Combined with a robust data curation pipeline and an interface built in accordance with chemists’ needs, Molecule.one aims to become the first market standard in computer-assisted organic synthesis planning.





Statice offers a data anonymization solution. They enable businesses to stay innovative with smart synthetic data. Their solution empowers companies to work with complex data in a privacy-compliant manner. Data-driven innovation of tomorrow starts with protecting data today.



Valtari Bio is developing a blood test to aid in the rapid triage of suspected stroke patients. Their ReST™ (Rapid evaluation Stroke Triage) test will help clinicians with or without stroke expertise make a confident initial stroke versus no stroke (e.g. complicated migraine, bell’s palsy, vertigo, dizziness, etc.) determination in ten minutes or less.


If you’d like to know more about the Pistoia Alliance’s startup challenges and similar events, contact David Proudlock.