A University of Arkansas, Fayetteville startup company is one of six chosen to participate in the Health InnovatAR health care accelerator program.
Lapovations LLC recently won the graduate division of the annual Governor's Cup competition. In all, Lapovations has won five business-plan competitions, finished second in two others and won $300,000.
Lapovations is developing a noninvasive alternative for lifting the abdominal wall in laparoscopic surgeries.
The other health care startups in the program are Day Zero Diagnostics of Boston, Ejenta of San Francisco, ExplORer Surgical of Chicago, Macro-eyes of Seattle and Medical Informatics Corp. of Houston.
The six companies were selected from hundreds of applicants from 20 countries.
The announcement was made Monday at Arkansas Heart Hospital. Other partners in the program are the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and BioVentures. Winrock International is administrating the program.