A startup called 6SensorLabs is looking to launch a tech solution to help people with food allergies. To that end they managed to secure $4 million in a round led Upfront Ventures. Also participating in the financing were SoftTech VC, Lemnos Labs, Mitch Kapor, SK Ventures, and Xandex Investments.
6SensorLabs’ solution consists of an affordable sensor device (which will cost less than $150) and an accompanying app that will tell users whether the food they are about to consume is allergen free or not. Said application will also allow users to share their meals to help other members of the community make the right choice.
6SensorLabs’ solution consists of an affordable sensor device and an accompanying app that will tell users whether the food they want to eat is allergen free.Alongside the device itself, 6SensorLabs will also offer disposable, one-time use units that they put in their food for testing. It is, however, unclear how much these disposable units will cost.
Although there are a number of food allergies 6SensorLabs could detect, the company will start with gluten, helping people with Celiac Disease, as well as those who have decided to move to a gluten-free diet for other reasons.
The company was co-founded by Shireen Yates and Scott Sundvor, who first started working on the product at MIT. Together they came to San Francisco and began prototyping the device at hardware accelerator and early-stage investment firm Lemnos Labs.
There are 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, presenting a big opportunity for 6SensorLabs.