Raleigh VitalFlo’s startup has partnered with the company in Bangalore, India to monitor airway health and air quality.

RALLY – Raleigh-based respiratory health startup VitalFlo hopes to reduce it the billions of dollars spent by American patients with asthma and COPD expensive visits to emergency departments and hospitalizations, focusing on preventive care.

And last week the company announced a new partnership with Based in India Ambia start-up environmental and climate intelligence company that builds data sets on air quality.

“With this new partnership, VitalFlo is excited to be able to offer a wide variety of air quality data to our customers, which can help them provide better care and insights for their patients,” said VitalFlo’s CEO and Founder. Luke Marshall in an interview with WRAL Techwire.

Ambee combines artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and proprietary models to analyze environmental factors, according to Ambee’s website.

According to Marshall, Ambee has best-in-class quality of local ambient air quality data, including data on respiratory triggers such as fine particulate matter, pollen count, ozone and forest fires.

“This will be especially useful for some of our research clients, such as Stanford University, which uses the VitalFlo platform to study the respiratory effects of increased exposure to forest fires,” Marshall said.

Both companies have completed a Techstars accelerator for 2019; Ambee has joined Techstars Bangalore Accelerator, India’s first Techstars accelerator, and VitalFlo has joined Techstars Impact Accelerator, a cohort of start-ups addressing social and environmental issues.

The partnership will integrate Ambee’s air quality monitoring solution with VitalFlo’s digital healthcare platform.

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That’s why air quality matters

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), researchers have found that air pollution can “worsen asthma symptoms and cause asthma attacks”. According to the EPA websiteenvironmental factors may have similar effects on patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

But it is not the same for everyone. The effect of pollen or contaminants on triggering an attack “may vary from person to person,” notes the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) in resource website, which is why it is important for patients to observe how their individual condition may change with changes in air quality. how air quality affects their condition.

If patients understand how changing environmental factors affect their asthma or COPD, they may be able to adjust their medications to avoid attacks or exacerbations.

But Marshall said air quality data could be “difficult to fix.”

“The largest free data set (for the United States) is through EPA’s AirNow API,” Marshall said. “Although relatively easy to integrate, AirNow suffers from a lack of location-to-location uniformity (for example, some weather stations have different sensors). Without cleaning up and interpolating the data in any way, it’s really a challenge to use in a lot of settings. “

As Ambee’s core experience is to make quality datasets both usable and accessible, the partnership, Marshall said, will improve VitalFlo’s product offering without deviating from VitalFlo’s core offering for testing and analyzing lung function.

“VitalFlo and Ambee are on the same path to help improve the lives of people affected by climate change and poor air quality, and we are excited to support VitalFlo in their mission to significantly improve people’s lives. living with chronic respiratory diseases, “said Jaidip Singh Bachher, CEO of Ambee, in press release.

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Marshall also said that VitalFlo recently launched with Sovah Health, their first partner in the hospital system, and is located in many independent clinics across the country, with about 1,000 patients in studies conducted by their clients on studies involving several universities. CDC, NIEHS and others.

VitalFlo launched in 2017 and quickly won both $ 50k NC IDEA SEED grant and a $ 75,000 investment from The Launch Place’s Big Launch Challenge in 2018.. The startup also received funding from the upcoming NASA competition, Lulu eGames in North Carolina and the National Science Foundation’s SBIR program, and participates in both the RIoT Accelerator program and Techstars.

Last year’s launch earned $ 2.14 million in initial funding in a circle led by the Geekdom Fund and opened a second office in Portland, Oregon.

And earlier this year they announced a partnership with Vitalographa provider of respiratory diagnostic products and clinical trial services that has been operating for about 60 years.

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