Today we're interviewing Scott Sundvor, co-founder and CTO of 6SensorLabs. His company sits at the intersection of two things Scott is passionate about – beautifully designed products and healthy living. He leads the product vision and development process, overseeing everything from early design and prototyping to manufacturing the product. Scott graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering and a concentration in product design and development.
How would you pitch your company? What's your elevator pitch?
6SensorLabs is providing food transparency so that we can know better what is in our food and how it affects our health. Our first product is Nima, a portable sensor that lets users test their food for gluten. We'll also release products for peanuts, dairy, other proteins and pathogens in the coming years.
What sets you apart from competitors?
We're providing the first consumer-friendly solution. Our product is portable, fast, easy to use and can detect down to the part per million level. There are no other products on the market that solve this same need, only lab-style tests that take 20+ minutes to run and cost $15+ each.
What's your business model?
We're selling a sensor (Nima) and a subscription to disposable capsules. Each capsule comes pre-loaded with the necessary chemistry to detect gluten and is one-time-use to protect from contamination. Nima houses electronics and sensors to process the food, run the test, capture the result and send it to a mobile app. We're also building a database of test results so that we can provide information on what food has been tested and where.
Can you share some numbers? How many users do you have?
We just began pre-orders last month. We can tell you that consumer demand is high.
Where do you see the company going from here?
Our vision is food transparency along all parts of the food supply chain – consumer, restaurant, packaged goods and all the spaces in between. Our immediate next goals are to get products out for people to test for things like peanuts, dairy, egg, soy, shellfish and more.
Where do you see the mHealth industry going?
It will become way more consumer driven. Consumers want to understand their health and the factors that contribute to their health more than ever before. They're taking their health into their own hands, and products that can provide this type of information will help drive healthcare from reactive to preventative.
How long are we from seeing modern mHealth technologies going mainstream?
Within the next five years, mHealth tech will be mainstream. We're seeing a lot more of these technologies being developed, with wearables and fitness trackers already showing early signs of consumer interest in more data around their health and the ability to do more personal tracking.