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Challenge finalist: Versantis (Switzerland)

The liver is a vital organ that performs multiple functions to keep the body free of toxins. Liver failure is often fatal. Versantis is developing a treatment that brings new hope to people with hepatic diseases.

     Its VS-01 therapy is a breakthrough in peritoneal dialysis. Its pH-gradient liposomes -- spherical vesicles composed of a phospholipid bilayer -- enhance the clearance of toxins such as ammonia. "Our product is more effective, safer and detoxifies patients' blood faster," the company says.

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