Incubator Harvard Launch Lab announced 12 inaugural companies, two of which are focused on digital health. Compared to Harvard iLab student accelerator, which offers space and resources to Harvard students who are building companies, the new venture is looking to incubate companies led by Harvard alumni. In order to join Launch Lab, at least one founding team member must be a recent Harvard graduate. Moreover, the company should also have institutional funding or show that they are generating revenue. Or if it’s a non-profit, the startup has to demonstrate growth. Additional requirement is to pay a month-to-month lease and eventually leave the Harvard premises after six to 12 months.
The two digital health-focused companies that have been accepted into Launch Lab include:
This Beijing-based company offers an FDA-cleared a peel-and-stick contact thermometer sensor that continuously beam body temperature readings to a companion iPhone app. The device is worn under the armpit, and is able to store up to 72 hours worth of readings. Moreover, it can be used for regular temperature readings or fertility tracking. In August, Raiing announced a pilot with Boston’s Partners HealthCare to test its thermometer at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Based in Philadelphia, Seratis has developed a secure messaging app for healthcare providers to allow doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers to send each other text messages, videos, photos, lab reports and imaging results. The idea is to enable these parties to store patient data and stay up to date with what stage of care each patient is in. The company’s advisors include Scripps Translational Science Institute Director Eric Topol, University of Pennsylvania Health System CIO Roy Rosin, and DreamIt Ventures Cofounder Steve Welch.