Baltimore-based mobile health startup receives $100,000 grant
BALTIMORE, MD. (July 23, 2014)
emocha Mobile Health Inc. was awarded a $100,000 TEDCO Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) grant on Monday to further develop and commercialize a mobile health platform invented at Johns Hopkins University.
The grant is part of TEDCO’s Innovation Commercialization Program and was created to foster the growth of promising technologies with commercial potential that have been produced at qualified Maryland universities.
Medical experts at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Clinical Global Health Education created the emocha mobile health platform to educate health care workers in rural Uganda. Used in 15 projects to date, the technology has evolved into a dynamic platform for remote patient management. Last year, entrepreneur Sebastian Seiguer licensed the technology for wide commercial use.
“I was introduced to emocha while working with the Hopkins Technology Transfer office and saw the commercial opportunity of the proven mobile health platform,” Seiguer said. “We have a talented team, and we are closing and executing on deals in the international and domestic markets.”
According to Seiguer, the company will use the MII funds to build its infrastructure and expand its mobile health technology. emocha is a mobile health platform for remote patient management. Clinicians and researchers use the emocha platform for mobile data capture, health education, and communication. Additionally, a web interface provides them with real-time data visualization and analytics. The platform is being used to deploy applications for public health, medication adherence, clinical trials, and infectious and chronic diseases. A pilot is currently in development for surgery preadmission and post-discharge.