March. 13, 2022 Event

Sonavi Labs Takes the Top Prize in the Health, Wearables & Wellbeing Category

AUSTIN, TX — March 13, 2022 — Sonavi Labs, a global leader in the development of telehealth technology for respiratory monitoring and diagnostic support, took home first prize in the Health, Wearables & Wellbeing category at the 14th annual SXSW Pitch® (formerly SXSW Accelerator), the marquee event of South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 11 – 20, 2022) Startups Track.

Sonavi Labs brought to the SXSW stage the world’s smartest stethoscope that’s changing everything for the better. Sonavi Labs created Feelix in response to the severe lack of available tools to objectively diagnose and grade the severity of respiratory diseases—the most expensive and fatal conditions globally, with an expected 155% increase in prevalence and a 7% decrease in respiratory specialists by 2023. Sonavi Labs has validated its algorithms with a 91% accuracy in diagnosing pneumonia in pediatric patients and is continuing to develop solutions for both acute and chronic disease management. The company aims to transform diagnostics and make them more accessible to patients everywhere.

SXSW Pitch honored 9 of the world’s most exciting innovations in categories including: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice, Enterprise & Smart Data, Entertainment, Gaming & Content, Extended Reality & Immersive Technology, Future of Work, Health, Wearables & Wellbeing, Innovative World Technologies, Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics, and Social & Culture.

Ellington West, CEO at Sonavi Labs, is thrilled to be leading the way with Feelix into “a new era of healthcare delivery that’s here to provide better care to everyone, everywhere. We are so excited to have the opportunity to share the power of our device on the incredible SXSW stage!”

West is the first African American woman to win the Health, Wearables and Well-Being category, which was officially added to the Pitch event in 2016. Sonavi Labs is also honored to receive an award for “Best DEI Company” at this year’s event.

“Since its beginning, SXSW Pitch has significantly helped shape the early-stage venture ecosystem and connected promising companies with the resources they need to thrive, giving promising companies the resources they need to succeed when it matters most,” said SXSW Pitch Event Producer Chris Valentine. “Of the 572 companies who have participated since the competition’s inception, over 82 percent have gone on to secure funding and 17 percent have been acquired by the likes Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable. We’re excited to see how this year’s impressive group of startups will go on to change the world.”

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About Sonavi Labs

Sonavi Labs is a global leader in the development of telehealth technology for respiratory monitoring and diagnostic support. Through the smart application of augmented auscultation, Sonavi Labs creates medical devices and software rooted in artificial intelligence and is driven by a commitment to save lives by making accessible, user-friendly assessment tools that can be used by clinicians of all skill levels as well as patients anywhere. Feelix by Sonavi Labs is the world’s first digital stethoscopes designed for clinicians and patients that deploys proprietary classification algorithms to detect and grade the severity of abnormalities in lung and body sounds. Feelix delivers high-fidelity remote monitoring supported by integrated apps and a secured, HIPAA-compliant cloud system. Learn more at

About SXSW
SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture. An essential destination for global professionals, the annual March event features sessions, music and comedy showcases, film screenings, exhibitions, professional development and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2022 will take place March 11 – 20, 2022. For more information, please visit To register for the event, please visit

SXSW 2022 is sponsored by White Claw, Audible, Blockchain Creative Labs and The Austin Chronicle.


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