VivaTech 2019: Sanofi Challenges Startups Worldwide to Pitch Tomorrow’s Healthcare Solutions



Alavita Health

Wavy Assistant

ChatbotPack.com

LIFEdata

Mentalab

NeuroAdvise

Sky Labs

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Alavita Health, U.S.

Sathya Elumalai, CEO 

Challenge 1: In clinical trials, how can we measure reliable and validated data on vital signs, e.g. cardiac signs, from patients on a continuous basis?

What is your healthcare solution?
MouthLab is a single, noninvasive device that measures more than 10 different health indicators in less than a minute. The AI-powered system uses the patient’s mouth and hand to measure in real-time vital health signs typically monitored at the doctor’s office, including respiratory rate, pulse, electrocardiogram, blood oxygen saturation, temperature, blood pressure, and several lung functions. This device enables research to be conducted anytime, anywhere, a move that will enable the transition from traditional sites to patient homes and make virtual clinical trials a reality. In addition, the device connects to the cloud, so patient data is accessible in real time to physicians and caregivers. By making this data easily available, we aim to reduce hospitalizations, patient costs and risks. 

What inspired you?
Over the years, my mother has been diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions and wound up using five different devices to monitor her vitals. I was frustrated that I couldn't find a way to understand what was happening day-to-day. The problem is, her doctors aren’t connected to each other. There's no communication about how a drug she's taking for her heart condition will affect a drug she's taking for her lung condition. All of her health metrics are not stored in one place, and doctors don't have a holistic overview when making decisions. So, in 2015, I founded Alavita Health to find a solution. Four years later, our team have developed a device that could measure overall health quickly and easily—every single day.

Wavy Assistant, the Netherlands

Daryl Autar, Co-founder

Challenge 3: We are looking for voice-activated and voice-delivered solutions that use artificial intelligence to bring the right medical information to doctors’ ears, instantly.

What is your healthcare solution?
Wavy Assistant delivers continuous real-time heart health monitoring using voice and AI solutions. After a patient’s data is collected and analyzed, Wavy can provide advice tailored to that individual. Our heart health monitoring solution uses a smart home speaker as its main user interface, which allows customers to interact with their heart health easily through a natural conversation instead of a mobile app. If the system detects something is wrong, Wavy instantly sends an emergency signal to designated doctors, friends and family. It can also trigger an immediate alert during emergency situations. Almost all heart attacks and strokes happen at home and most of the damage occurs because the emergency services are called too late.

What inspired you?
The mother of one of my colleagues passed away due to a stroke. Her death could have been prevented if the emergency services had been alerted sooner. At that moment we realized that if we have the ability and momentum to solve this problem, it's no longer a choice, but an obligation.

ChatbotPack.com (Kwork Innovations Ltd), Finland

Antti Törrönen, Managing Director 

Challenge 4: Are you sniffling and sneezing? How do we use voice technology to detect symptoms for the common cold as well as allergy?

What is your healthcare solution?
We have been developing computers to understand humans through text and voice. Our solution for healthcare has many applications. We see helping the elderly to stay at home for longer as one of the big ones. We use voice technology to detect, e.g. flu—or a general decline in condition—before it gets worse (e.g. pneumonia). A device in the elderly person's home can analyze changes in a person's voice and detect symptoms early on. It helps homecare and home nurses to detect their patients’ illness before they need hospital care. 

What inspired you?
We saw how the elderly population in Finland is growing every year, but there are insufficient resources to take care of them. Sudden emergency visits are common, even flu can get worse without early detection and the right treatment. We can help nurses to detect symptoms and consult doctors before a hospital visit is required.

LIFEdata, Italy

Omar Fogliadini, Managing Partner 

Challenge 3: We are looking for voice-activated and voice-delivered solutions that use artificial intelligence to bring the right medical information to doctors’ ears, instantly. 

What is your healthcare solution?
LIFEdata is an intuitive, easy to use AI platform that automates personally tailored conversational experiences across all channels. In terms of user experience, healthcare is no different than any other industry. We expect everything to be seamless and instant. If we want technology to become more human-like then we must train it to have a good memory and remember the context of a conversation. 

What inspired you?
Today, websites, mobile apps, chatbots, digital assistants and smart home technology operate in silos: they have little to no contextual awareness. So why don’t we let technology behave in the same way as a human experience?

Mentalab, Germany

Dr. Sebastian Herberger, Founder and CEO of Mentalab

Challenge 1: In clinical trials, how can we measure reliable and validated data on vital signs, e.g. cardiac signs, from patients on a continuous basis?

What is your healthcare solution?
Mentalab combines a wearable patch that can measure electrocardiogram biosignals continuously, with a cloud-based analysis service to diagnose and monitor cardiac and respiratory conditions. The patch can be applied by patients directly, and worn throughout their daily activities (sleep, sports, shower...), while data is transmitted and analyzed seamlessly. In site-less clinical trials, this solution can increase patient engagement and participation rates.

What inspired you?
As a medical doctor specialising in cardiology and sleep medicine, I quickly got to know the shortcomings of today’s technology. So I decided to build a better mobile, wearable biosensing technology, to give patients access to at-home diagnostic and monitoring solutions that could hugely improve our care for cardiac and respiratory conditions.

NeuroAdvise, Iran

Dr Hadi Azar, MD, Neurologist, Founder and CEO 

Challenge 2: Can you help us with automatic de-identification of unstructured patient data?

What is your healthcare solution?
NeuroAdvise is a clinical decision support tool available as a mobile application that helps physicians make better clinical decisions. Our system can archive all demographic and clinical patient-related information in a classified manner. Data is currently stored without patient identity according to time and date. NeuroAdvise algorithms are simulations of a clinician’s mental diagnostic process and most of the important diagnostic factors are included in its comprehensive database. It only takes a few seconds for the user to access the list of differential diagnosis, which are sorted in order of probability and unique for each patient. The system is flexible with unlimited capacity for adding new symptoms, disorders and diagnostic tests. Widespread use of NeuroAdvise will gradually lead to a full demographic and clinical profile for any given disorder. 

What inspired you?
I was always looking for a comprehensive resource, a book or website, for differential diagnosis of neurological conditions during my neurology residency period. I didn’t find it so I began to collect data and decided to create it. After eight years of hard work, in cooperation with two teams of IT experts and medical students, we converted clinical information to data tables and also converted clinical diagnostic reasoning process to artificial intelligence algorithms, and developed the application. 

Sky Labs, South Korea

Jack Lee, CEO 

Challenge 1: In clinical trials, how can we measure reliable and validated data on vital signs, e.g. cardiac signs, from patients on a continuous basis?

What is your healthcare solution?
Our ring-design cardio tracker, or CART, can provide continuous monitoring of vital signs in real-world clinical trials and can be worn easily in daily life.

What inspired you?
Blood flow in the arteries is a consequence of our circular system, so I thought blood flow in the finger would have an enormous possibility to carry circular system information.