The innovation awards and recognition for Arizona-based medical device company SaiOx, Inc. (pronounced SIGH-ox) have been coming fast and furious this fall 2021. The company was selected as 2021 Venture Madness Winner in the medical category by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. Venture Madness is Arizona’s longest-running venture capital conference event.
SaiOx was also designated a finalist at the Governor's Celebration of Innovation 2021 by the Arizona Technology Council. The council, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, honors technology innovators from around the state. The firm was also chosen as the Copper Cactus Award Winner in the Startup of the Year category by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Why all the awards and recognition? SaiOx CEO Manny Teran believes it’s a natural result of his firm developing an innovative breathing assist device to help the millions of people who suffer from COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is a group of illnesses that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most common conditions associated with this category of diseases.