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German Medical Engineering
The company behind Tinnitracks: Sonormed GmbH
Sonormed was founded in 2012 and is based in Hamburg, Germany. An interdisciplinary team of experts
coming from the fields of sound engineering, computer science, psychology and neurobiology is constantly working
on further developing
and distributing the medical products Tinnitracks and Tinnimatch. These have been awarded, e.g.,
by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the Heidelberg Innovation
Forum and the German Society for Computer Science. On March 15, 2015, Tinnitracks was honored with the
Great Prize at the SXSW Accelerator competition in the category "Digital Health Life Science".
This was the first time that a German team of founders prevailed against the strong international competition.
Sonormed started Tinnitracks as a web application but soon advanced the service to smartphone apps on
iOS and Android. In September 2015, Tinnitracks became the first therapy-smartphone oder mobile app in
Germany to be reimbursed by a statutory health insurance company. In order to broaden access to Tinnitracks,
Sonormed is now looking to the US market. As one out of four chosen candidates, the company is supported
by the German Accelerator Life Science in Boston, USA, to prepare for market entry on site. With its
technological infrastructure and direct market access, Sonormed is ideally positioned to promote change
in digital patient care and to benefit from the convergence of consumer electronics and healthcare in
Tinnitracks won the following renowned awards:
SXSW Accelerator "Digital Health & Life Science" win
On March 15, 2015, Tinnitracks was honored with the Great Prize of the SXSW Accelerator competition in the category "Digital Health Life Science". For the first time, a German team of founders, which prevailed against strong international competition in Austin, Texas, has been awarded this prize in said category by a jury of recognized experts.
„Ausgezeichneter Ort - Land der Ideen“/Excellent site - land of ideas
In acknowledgement of the development of Tinnitracks, Sonormed has been named "Excellent Site" for a digital world. The title is given through an annual innovation competition that followed the 2015 theme "City, Country, Network! Innovations for a digital world". The initiative "Germany - land of ideas" has opted for Sonormed, because Tinnitracks makes a positive contribution to the shaping of a connected world and has thus immediate relation to the topic of the year. Additional grounds of the award also identified future orientation, innovation and strength of implementation as well as role model character and spur for additional decision criteria.
Tinnitracks has been selected as the best eu-wide project in the category health & wellbeing at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in Eindhoven. This means that, additional to the prize money, Tinnitracks can use office space at one of EIT ICT Labs Co-Location Centres, mentoring and coaching support from the Business Development Accelerator as well as the invaluable opportunity to become part of the biggest innovation network in Europe with over 120 partners (e.g. Fraunhofer, Intel or Siemens).
Tinnitracks was awarded the Innovation Prize by the German Society for Computer Science on September 17, 2013. The award was bestowed during the annual INFORMATIK symposium in Koblenz, Germany. This acclaimed prize is awarded for excellence in innovations that are clearly related to the field of computer science and that have a distinctly recognizable practical application. "In choosing Tinnitracks we are honoring an invention that [...] provides a direct benefit to society," says GSCS Vice President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Liggesmeyer.
Tinnitracks was awarded the coveted "ICT Innovation" prize at the 2013 CeBIT by German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Dr. Philipp Rösler. Tinnitracks was selected over numerous competitors for the "Start-up Competition - ICT Innovative" prize. The innovative and in line with the market approach discovered in the successful solution for tinnitus patients secured the prize for Tinnitracks.
Tinnitracks was chosen ahead of 120 select researchers, companies and investors to receive the Heidelberg Innovation Forum's 2013 award. The Tinnitracks technology, the team's execution and the product's distinct added value convinced the judges to select Tinnitracks as the winner.
Tinnitracks was chosen as the winner of the "2012 CDTM Idea Challenge" and awarded the "2012 Future Entrepreneurs' Award" European innovation prize in December of 2012. Tinnitracks won the jury over with its advanced approach to tinnitus therapy. The technical conceptualization of the product idea allowing the user to conveniently and intuitively use a product that is so complex in its development was particularly noted.
Public Choice Award & Jury's Choice Award.
Tinnitracks received both the Public Choice Award and the Jury’s Choice Award at Hamburg’s major industry event of the Music und Digital Industry 2013. Tinnitracks won over both the expert jury panel and the visitors at the industry conference and took home the Jury's Choice and the Public Choice awards. This was the first time prizes were awarded during the famous "Reeperbahn Festival" in Hamburg, a music festival followed by an industry conference, on September 29, 2013.
We would like to thank the institutions that supported us in establishing our company:
- Hamburg Investment-and Development Bank (InnoRampUp – supporting innovation)
- European Union Regional Development Fund. FORT
- Kreativwirtschaft Hamburg
- Initiative Musikwirtschaft
- VDI-VDE prize money awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and the European Union (FORT)