Nanowear named Innovation Champion of Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Nanowear Inc., cofounded by Vijay K. Varadan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, was recently named the Innovation Champion of the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge, which pairs leading-edge startups with prominent health and life sciences organizations to develop innovative technology solutions that improve the way people access and manage healthcare.

Nanowear received the award for its congestive heart failure (CHF) monitoring device called SimpleSense, a non-invasive wearable textile undergarment worn by patients that can remotely monitor CHF following CHF-related hospitalization. SimpleSense captures and transmits CHF data to a cloud-based environment, providing access and updates to medical professionals for assessment of patient health and progress.

The award was presented to Nanowear on Jan. 8 at the StartUp Health Festival during the 36th annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. More than 700 startups from around the world competed in the challenge, demonstrating how their innovative technology and business models help improve the way people access and manage healthcare.

Nanowear also recently received three additional awards for SimpleSense. In Sept. 2017, the company won the MedTech Innovator Execution Award and the Virginia Shimer Rybski Memorial Award at The MedTech Conference, and in Oct. 2017, Nanowear was the grand prize winner in the Philips Wearables Challenge, hosted by MedTech Boston and Medstro.


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