Josh Mecca and John Strauss
Class of 2013 and 2014
Josh Mecca and John Strauss combined their love for science with their goal to create a successful healthcare analytics company. The two joined forces while still students—Mr. Mecca was a graduate biotechnology student and Mr. Strauss was an undergraduate biology student. Together, they used their scientific knowledge to develop a successful business proposal. They entered their plan in the tecBRIDGE Entrepreneurial Institute Business Competition in 2014, placing second in the collegiate division and winning the overall wildcard award “for innovation and breakthrough technology,” which came with $5,000 cash and $90,000 of in-kind services.
Today, they lead the venture they founded, M&S Biotics, LLC. The company is the first fully comprehensive solution to aid in the advancement of healthcare efficiency, efficacy, and safety. M&S Biotics is developing a multi-functional system that automates the surgical counting of instruments in operating rooms, while providing data analytics for hospital administration/supervisors. After pitching the company at the HealthTech Venture Network Conference, which was held in Austin, Texas, in 2016, their team won the Elevate Pitch Competition, was awarded $25,000, and earnedone Straussof only fifteen spots in Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Accelerator program, TMCx. In March of this year, MedTech Innovator named M&S Biotics as a Top 100 Healthcare Startup.
2017 Recent Graduate Award