Digital Health Startups KinAptic

I had the pleasure of getting to know the KinAptic team when I mentored at Bayer G4A. Recently, I sat down with their CEO, Joseph Curcio to talk about where they have been and what lies ahead…

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What did you work on in 2018?

In 2018 KinAptic worked on developing simple, wearable Stroke Rehabilitation products that provide improved patient outcome and better patient adherence.

How did you get involved in Bayer G4?

We were approached by a key Bayer G4A team member at a presentation we were giving in NYC.  From this initial meeting, we were encouraged to apply to the G4A Accelerator program.

Would you recommend accelerators? 

Yes indeed.  The resources provided by the sponsor are pure gold.  This goes well beyond the financial assistance, and like most things, the more you put into the opportunity, the more you’ll get from it.

What emerging technologies do you think will advance Digital Health?

Artificial Intelligence that will be embedded in wearable products will provide tremendous leverage in the Digital Health revolution.  AI will provide a level of “intuition” in providing immediate feedback and treatment solutions, potentially producing results that may have even been eluding trained professional (human) caregivers.

What advice would you offer digital startups?

Look first for “real problems” that need solutions and develop practical “proof of concept” working models.  Try not to fall into the trap of falling in love with a particular technology or invention that you are trying to promote, and then banging on doors trying to find the appropriate “problem” to solve.

If you could change one thing in Digital Health, what would it be?

The Regulatory Environment.  Digital Health is made up of a broad array of technologies and approaches.  It isn’t easily squeezed into a particular regulatory “bin”, and as such, would benefit from being offered a wider berth, in particular during these early evolutionary years.  Cross-pollination of various digital technologies is likely to yield significant new solutions across a broad spectrum of the health care domain.  A regulatory environment that is poised to assist in this evolution could offer a significant advantage to all stakeholders.

What do you think is the most over-hyped technology?

Artificial Intelligence – Funny that this was also my answer to #4 above isn’t it?  AI has tremendous potential, but it also is often horribly over-hyped and misrepresented.  Properly utilized AI offers rapid aggregation of information yielding solutions with a high probability of favorable outcomes.  Poorly executed AI can be downright dangerous, however.  Note: I almost responded with “Blockchain” but that has already received adequate coverage in the past several months.

The US or Europe?

Europe will likely be the hub of innovation for the next several years.  The US with political instability and leadership lacking a moral compass is likely to see more “profit” oriented growth in some sectors, but unclear collective “vision” for broadly expanding the potential of Digital Health.

How important are wearables to healthcare? 

I believe wearable technologies will prove to be very important to healthcare because they operate on the “front line” and they are well suited to capture bio-metric body-centered data perpetually in real-time.  With the addition of embedded AI, wearables will prove to be highly cost-effective and highly functional diagnostic and therapeutic systems.  “Healthcare that you wear… 24/7.”

What are you focused on in 2019?

KinAptic will continue to develop leading-edge wearable technology in partnership with Bayer in 2019.  We continue to expand our IP portfolio and explore new and valuable teaming relationships.  We expect to announce one or more innovative new wearable products in 2019.

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