Josh Pichler | USA TODAY | November 2, 2014

MASON, Ohio — Assurex Health is proving Midwestern states far from Silicon Valley can produce cutting-edge technology companies.

The Mason, Ohio-based start-up is at the forefront of personalized medicine and is helping patients with depression, ADHD or chronic pain get on the right medication so they can live active, fulfilling lives. In the process, Assurex Health is reducing the significant economic and emotional costs incurred through trial-and-error treatment.

The company is a gem in Greater Cincinnati’s start-up scene that’s making an international impact with technology spun out of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2006.

Assurex Health is one of 10 finalists in USA TODAY’s Entrepreneur of the Year contest. Profiles of the other contenders will run in the coming weeks, and a winner will be selected in December.

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