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Apple Inc. is in the process of creating a team of health-related technology professionals in order to prepare the ...
Apple Inc. is in the process of creating a team of health-related technology professionals in order to prepare the iPhone maker for its already expected iWatch and other wearable technologies. The number of people hired for the team is not clear and some of them would like their names to stay unrevealed.
"This is an extremely specific play in the bio-sensing space," said Malay Gandhi, chief approach officer at Rock Wellness, a firm that has generated some wearable-tech startups like Augmedix and Spire.
Apple has recently registered the trademark “iWatch” in Japan and has also filed a patent that can track or detect gestures on the head.
Apple's med-tech neighborhood area is convincing Apple to create an app-shop style platform so startups can create their own hardware and software mobile medical applications. Apple has “stolen” some biomedical engineers from Vital Connect, Masimo Corp, Sano Intelligence and O2 Med Tech.
“There’s no doubt that Apple is sniffing around this area,” said Ted Driscoll, a Silicon Valley-based partner at Claremont Creek Ventures, which specializes in digital health and medical devices. He said Apple seemed primarily focused on recruiting engineers with experience in “monitoring the body’s perimeters.”
Masimo Corp, for example, has made the pulse oximetry device which measures oxygen saturation, Connect is focused on tracking vitals like heart and body temperature and O2 Med Tech is trying biosensor and other devices.
Apple has recently hired Nancy Dougherty, Todd Whitehurst, vice president of solutions at Senseonics, and Divya Nag, founder of StartX Med.