Studio1Labs: Better Healthcare Driven by AI
Studio1 Labs is an intelligent patient monitoring and documentation solution. Rather than attaching wires or devices to the body to monitor vital signs, Studio 1 Labs has developed a bed sheet that automatically monitors and records vital signs electronically. Completing clinical trials on human participants, the company has many supporters and collaborations including funding by NSERC, NRC, Ontario Centres of Excellence, SOSCIP Smart Computing for Innovation, Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), FedDev Ontario, Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ministry of International Trade, IBM, Communitech, the Accelerator Center, Innovation York, University of Prince Edward Island, University of Waterloo, York University, and Niagara College that contributed to the creation of a new medical device.
When founders, Olivia and Edward, initially met in a martial arts club they never imagined that one day they would be working together to create a healthcare company that would change the way health service providers care for their patients. Together they have been able to build solutions using biomedical fabrics and sensors to aid in monitoring vitals, maintaining health and preventing illnesses early.
Interestingly, neither Olivia or Edward have direct medical or technical backgrounds, but they took it upon themselves to learn about the physics, sensors and science behind their product and even made their own sensors to customize their solution further at a very low cost. Through that process, and now with clinical trials completed, they were able to compile a large database and transfer that data into, thus creating an end-to-end solution for health service providers.
With IBM providing the software infrastructure and a vast network, the company was able to build the software and establish a partnership with SOSCIP and scale their computing capabilities with additional support of a grant for a post-doctoral fellow to apply machine learning with data from their clinical trials.
In 2017, Studio1 Labs was granted a $30,000 investment through the AC JumpStart seed funding grant. Olivia and Edward explain how the AC JumpStart program provided further funding for the company to file a worldwide patent on their sensor system technology, which was a real game changer that opened the door for global markets.
“We got the support to understand what we needed for the Canadian and Chinese market perspectives. We are now commercializing towards a medical device. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support we’ve been so grateful to receive from this community.”
The next big move is to provide the large number of seniors on a waiting list so they could receive remote care, with a clinical grade bed sheet monitor that is easy for anyone to adopt. The company has its first customer pilot in Canada that will commence summer 2018.
To learn more about Studio 1 Labs and their healthcare solutions, please visit Studio1Labs.com
AC JumpStart is made possible by and investment from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario(FedDev Ontario) and is delivered in partnership with Conestoga College, Laurier, and the University of Waterloo.