The wireless monitoring startup Sense4Baby has been acquired by San Antonio, Texas-based mobile healthcare company AirStrip. The associated technology that was developed at the Gary and Mary West Health Institute is now licensed, but financial terms were not revealed. AirStrip plans to roll out Sense4Baby to providers, but also wants to develop a version of the technology to use at home.
Sense4Baby offers a packaged kit with a wearable monitoring device and a dedicated smartphone or tablet with the company’s software. It also features a web-based portal that allows expectant parents to view or review all data entered through the mobile app as well as the monitoring data. In its first commercial deployment in The Netherlands, Sense4Baby said that it already has an advanced system in place for home health care.
In early 2013, the startup raised $4 million from The West Health Investment Fund, and in December 2013, FDA cleared Sense4Baby’s system for healthcare providers to use to monitor expectant mothers and their babies during the antepartum period.
“Our real desire is to enable the most rapid and pervasive deployment of the technology for the benefit of the public good where it can make an impact on high quality care at the lowest possible cost,” said Nicholas Valeriani, manager of the West Health Investment Fund and chief executive of West Health. According to Valeriani, AirStrip’s acquisition of Sense4Baby’s assets will put technology in a better position to help the high risk pregnancy patients in the US.
“Take a product like Sense4Baby and think about the market developments necessary to get it pervasively utilized — that investment and timeline as compared to incorporating this into the channel and footprint of an AirStrip. Our thesis is we can affect more people with the asset in AirStrip’s hands as opposed to trying to build a standalone entity,” Valeriani said.
Sense4Baby is the first startup created at the West Health Institute, where it has also licensed its IP and AirStrip is one of the first iPhone medical apps cleared by FDA.