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Junto Profile: Spry Health

In the United States in 2014, chronic conditions accounted for 7 of the top 10 major deaths. Nearly 93% of all Medicare costs are on treatment for chronic health conditions like heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis. An estimated 195 million Americans live with a chronic disease but healthcare institutions have yet to find an effective solution for care.

That’s where Spry Health comes in. Founded in 2013 by Pierre-Jean “PJ” Cobut and Elad Ferber, the startup has created a wearable device, called “The Loop,” that updates doctors on their chronically ill patient’s health status. The logic behind the device is simple: if doctors can get updated continuously on their patient’s health data, they can prevent some emergencies. Spry Health recently won the MedTech Breakthrough award for Best Biometric Sensor Solution. 

We interviewed Pierre-Jean Cobut last week to discuss wearables, the state of chronic health care provision currently, and what to expect from this relatively new company in the next year.

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Junto Profile: Awair

Wearable fitness devices were the first health technology products that truly made me consider whether health tech had the ability to make a big splash into the average, consumer goods marketplace. With fitness devices, you did not have to have a particular illness or set of health needs to find use for them, which is rare in the health tech world. While their merits may still be debated, it was still nonetheless remarkable that all the sudden one day everyone was monitoring their steps on their wrists.

Ronald Ro and his team at Awair have developed a consumer-facing healthcare product that, similar to the wearable fitness device, may soon be found in the hands of individuals all across the country.  Awair is a sleek device that monitors the quality of air in a room and then provides recommendations to create a healthier home environment. This device is moving beyond simply monitoring the health of one's body and is instead taking into account the large impact that the environment plays on health outcomes. The premise behind Awair is that you should not only be worrying about air quality once you are suffering from the adverse consequences of pollution, chemicals, or dust. Instead, you should be working to stabilize your environment and prevent these adverse consequences from ever arising. 

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Junto Profile: EpiBone

What if everything you needed to recover from an injury or illness was already residing within your own body? Nina Tandon and her team at EpiBone are trying to make this idea a reality with their mission to harness the body's healing power and develop a new method of skeletal repair. The EpiBone team has figured out how to harness the power of a bioreactor to mimic the conditions found in the human body which enable bone growth. In just three weeks, they are able to build a personalized bone graft out of adult stem cells that is ready for implantation. 

With a PhD in tissue engineering and an Executive MBA in healthcare entrepreneurship from Columbia University, Nina has been making waves in both the academic and commercial world with her revolutionary bone growth process. Fast Company named her as one of the top 100 creative people in business and she also is a TED Senior Fellow. In 2017, Nina was also named as a Finalist in Heritage Healthcare's Annual Innovation Awards. 

Currently, EpiBone is on track to begin their first human clinical trials this year with a plan of going to market in 2023 if all goes well. We caught up with Nina to learn more about what it has been like to grow her company in New York City and how EpiBone has been received within the medical community.

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Junto Profile: Neopenda

Very few digital health companies decide to develop products for low-income and low-resource settings. Founders Teresa Cauvel and Sona Shah decided to step up to this challenge with the development of their company Neopenda that is focused on designing a wearable device  to monitor infant's vital signs in developing countries. 

Originally starting their product development at Columbia University in 2015, Tesesa and Sona soon joined the Relevant Health Accelerator in Rockville, Maryland and began building a name for themselves, Today, their company has been featured by the likes of Forbes, Deloitte, Global Citizen, and Cisco. We caught up with Teresa to learn more about what led to Neopenda's founding and where the company hopes to be heading by the end of this year.

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Junto Profile: Athletik Health

Recently, we caught up with serial founder Jean-Luc Neptune who is out to change the sports medicine landscape with his new business Athletik Health. With countless years of experience managing startups and a background in medicine, JL sees the opportunity for a reinvention of the sports medicine landscape. Over the past few years we have all watched the rise of boutique fitness programs like Soul Cycle and a new class of ultra marathons and races. What has been missing however is a similar reinvention of the care provided for everyday individuals who are pushing their bodies to the extreme through these new exercise fads.

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Junto Profile: Dianne Auger & the Ascension Health Network

Those who actually manage and work within health systems are the ones who actually see the complete picture of the health tech revolution. They also are reading about these flashy new products, but unlike us they are also privy to the inner workings and struggles that getting a product successfully integrated into a health system requires. Revolutionizing our health system is not as easy as buying a bunch of product licenses and then handing out applications to patients, but actually involves a considerable amount of thought, training, IT integration, and program roll-out.One provider system that recently went through this experience is St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Junto Profile: Northeast Business Group on Health

Countless individuals in the U.S. are fortunate to receive healthcare via their employers. There is no magical, one-size fits all program though for employers to provide for their employees. Instead, employers often shop around the private market seeking the right fit for their company. This leads to the weighing of a myriad of offerings against one another while leaders attempt to choose the best fit to create a complete healthcare experience for their employees.

Employers are increasingly realizing however that they do not need to travel down this road alone. The Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) is an organization that is helping unite employers together to discuss plan coverage, and the actual needs of their employees, in hopes of improving the quality of healthcare for many Americans.

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Junto Profile: EverlyWell

In 2015, Julia Cheek founded a home health testing platform, EverlyWell, that has received acclaim from TechCrunch, CBS, Fast Company, and the Harvard Business School. Based in Austin, TX, EverlyWell has raised $5 million to date and is one of the fastest-growing consumer healthcare startups in recent history. They’ve reached millions in sales in just one year after launching in beta and in 2017 Julia was named the number one female entrepreneur to watch by CIO magazine for 2017.

With a mission of providing actionable insight regarding the biomarkers that appear on testing results so informed wellness decisions can be made, Everlywell has developed a convenient at-home process that has removed the layers of doctor appointments and difficult to understand results. Their recent partnership with Helix has also brought genomic testing to the platform, making them at the forefrongt of genomic and biomarker consumer testing.

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An Interview with the Woman Who Coined "Femtech" - Ida Tin

At Junto Health we were lucky to have the chance to speak with the woman who coined the term “femtech”, Ida Tin, who is the CEO and co-founder of the female health application Clue.

Clue was founded in Berlin, Germany in 2013 when this technology movement first began to rise and has since grown its membership and reach. With a belief that “connected mobile technology is the future of female health”, Clue enables users to share information regarding menstrual cycles with partners, family, and friends. Ida took time to explain why this was an important aspect of the app’s design, and also how Clue is continuing to grow. 

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