This Toronto start-up is leveraging wearable technology and artificial intelligence to help improve the lives of people with epilepsy.
About one in 100 Canadians has epilepsy. Although there is no cure, most people with epilepsy can control seizures through medication. The success of treatment depends heavily on how strictly patients follow treatment plans and can give their doctor accurate, detailed information about their seizures. But tracking important details can be challenging when symptoms can occur anywhere, and face-to-face time with doctors can be brief and infrequent.
Growing up with a mother with epilepsy inspired Neutun Labs
co-founders Eric and Alexander Dolan to create a digital solution to help people manage the condition. Neutun Labs’ Seizure Sync mobile app provides a simple way for people with epilepsy to log details about seizures on-the-go. By integrating with smart wearables, such as Apple or Pebble watches, the app can detect convulsive seizures as they happen and alert emergency contacts. It also reminds users which medications to take at the right time.
OCE’s TalentEdge Internship Program
helped Neutun Labs hire its first employee in 2015. SmartStart funding
in early 2016 helped the company develop its technology, grow its user base and expand its partnerships with health organizations. GlobalStart
assisted the team in focusing on business development in the U.S., and Market Readiness
funding supported the company’s growth at home.
Neutun Labs’ success earned its co-founders a spot on Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30
in 2016. Seizure Sync is now helping thousands of people with epilepsy around the world. With the help of another TalentEdge intern with expertise in artificial intelligence, the team is improving the platform to offer users more personalized insights. They are also exploring integration with additional wearable technologies and hope to develop similar apps for managing other conditions, such as mental illness.