The Journal of mHealth Vol 1 Issue 1 (Feb 2014) - Page 14

Industry News Continued from page 8 medical communities. “We focus on backing ambitious entrepreneurs who are using mobile computing to unlock opportunity and create new markets,” said Kevin Talbot, co-founder and managing partner of Relay Ventures. “Walter’s vision for the future of consumer healthcare is profound and Scanadu stands to make a lasting impact on an industry ripe for disruption.” “We are more determined than ever to make the first medical tricorder a reality,” said Scanadu founder and CEO Walter De Brouwer. “With the experience and expertise of this group of investors and advisors, we know we’re in the right position to take our vision all the way and put FDA approved devices in the hands of consumers.” “Scanadu is right at the heart of the next generation of computing which combines mobility, sensors, cloud and big data,” said Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo! and founding partner of Ame Cloud Ventures. “I am bullish on Scanadu and its potential to revolutionise the way we think about our health.” In July of this year, Scanadu closed a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that quickly became the most funded campaign in the platform’s history, raising more than $1.6 million. Those who participated in the campaign will be a crucial part of the company’s road to FDA approval by taking part on a voluntary basis in a usability study for 12 February 2014 the Scanadu Scout™ in 2014. Other participating investors in the Series A round include Broe Group, Mindful Investors and Redmile Group. With this round, Scanadu has raised $14.7 million in funding to date. MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD AND FIRST CLINICAL TRIALS PAVE THE WAY TO MARKET Furthering the company on its path to market, Scanadu will conduct its first clinical trials for Scanadu Scout™ at the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI). Those studies will be conducted as part of the Wired for Health mobile trial, which includes patients who live with diabetes, hypertension and heart arrhythmia. This first baseline study will help design future controlled studies, and will be designed to empower adults via a Scanadu Scout™ to yield optimal blood pressure. “The era of digital healthcare has arrived,” said Dr. Eric Topol, director of the STSI and chief academic officer for Scripps Health. “We are excited to bring Scanadu to Scripps to further the potential of this technology to improve lives.” Scanadu’s newly established Medical Advisory Board comprises leaders with deep experience from across the medical, regulatory and research fields. These advisors all have a stake in advancing consumer healthcare and will actively advise Scanadu on long-term strategy and facilitate the sharing of knowledge and innovation transfer between Scanadu and the larger research and Scanadu is developing a portfolio of products that put the experience of an emergency room visit in the palm of your hand. Its first device, the Scanadu Scout™, is a vital sign monitor that analyses, tracks and trends your vitals - temperature, respiratory rate, oximetry, ECG, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure - in 10 seconds. The company is also creating a disposable urine analysis testing platform, ScanaFlo, which works with your smartphone to offer a complete urine analysis test in minutes. Once FDA approved, it could also measure