Walmart and Memomi | June 30, 2022
Walmart and Memomi, an augmented reality optical tech companyannounced they have entered into an agreement for Walmart to acquire Memomi. This reinforces Walmart’s commitment to frictionless and omnichannel optical care.
Since 2019, Memomi has enabled digital measurements for all Walmart and Sam’s Optical customers, across more than 2,800 Walmart Vision Centers and 550 Sam’s Clubs, and also powers the Optical eCommerce experience on SamsClub.com. Acquiring Memomi, an AR company, is the next step in Walmart’s journey of offering personalized, affordable access to optical care. This acquisition furthers Walmart Health & Wellness’ strategy to deliver integrated, omnichannel healthcare, leveraging data and technology to improve engagement, health equity and outcomes.
“Customers are looking for access to care digitally, in their homes, and purchasing eyeglasses is no different. This acquisition supports our Health & Wellness mission to provide accessible care to the communities we serve.”
David Reitnauer, Vice President, Specialty Services, Walmart Health & Wellness
Memomi is a leading provider of technology to enhance virtual optical try-on experiences, helping customers virtually “try on” eyewear in real-time for a seamless, easy and fun omnichannel experience.
“Walmart’s ability to roll out our virtual try-on and contact-free digital measurements service in a short period of time shows how committed Walmart is to its customers’ need for digital care in-stores and at home,” said Ofer Saban, Chief Technology Officer, Memomi.
The acquisition is expected to close in the coming weeks, and Memomi employees will join the Walmart Global Tech organization.
“We’re excited to welcome the Memomi team to Walmart and add their capabilities to our leading virtual reality technology that is transforming the retail experience for our customers and members,” said Cheryl Ainoa, Senior Vice President, New Businesses & Emerging Tech, Walmart Global Tech.
“We are looking forward to joining Walmart and offering our innovations and user experiences to such a large scale both in-store and online,” said Salvador Nissi Vilcovsky, CEO, Memomi.
Walmart Inc. helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, approximately 220 million customers and members visit approximately 10,500 stores and clubs under 48 banners in 24 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2021 revenue of $559 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity.
Memomi Labs Inc is a leading provider of cutting-edge technology to enhance virtual try-on user experiences through artificial intelligence, deep learning and augmented reality. Memomi helps customers virtually “try on” eyewear in real-time for a seamless, easy and fun omnichannel experience. In addition to the try-on experience, Memomi technology has created an accurate, easy measurement experience in-store once glasses are selected, leading to time savings for the customer and cost savings for the store. Memomi was founded in 2014 by Salvador Nissi Vilcovsky and Ofer Saban, experts in conceptualized solutions and interactive design.
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M1 MedTech | April 05, 2022
M1 MedTech, a medical technology accelerator sponsored by Proxima Clinical Research, a contract research organization based out of the Texas Medical Center, announcedit is accepting applications for its fall cohort. M1 MedTech is looking for five to seven of the most promising early-stage medical device companies to participate in its three-month program. The program has closed its first fund and will be selecting companies over the summer for investments up to $100,000 as a combination of both cash and in-kind services.
“Our program is unique in that it combines acceleration capital, company building expertise, and the regulatory and clinical services of a top CRO,” says Larry Lawson, a venture partner and investor with M1. “Access to the M1 founders’ network, both within and outside of the Texas Medical Center, sets these companies up for success. There’s no better group to build a MedTech company with, period.”
“Many MedTech companies are launched by innovative first-time founders with strong scientific and medical expertise, but who have never taken a regulated product to market or built a business. After working with so many companies at various stages of this journey to market, both with Proxima CRO and with accelerators from across the country, we realized there was a gap that needed to be filled for these rising founders. They not only need regulatory and clinical assistance from experts with hundreds of success stories in this field, we found they also need assistance with design, manufacturing, business, IP, and so much more,” says Isabella Schmitt, RAC, Director of Regulatory Affairs for Proxima CRO and Principle at M1. “These rising founders need to know what they don’t know; so, we put a lot of thought into what emerging companies and rising executives really need, and from that, we built the M1 curriculum.”
M1 MedTech was created to support early-stage medical device companies, offering an immersive experience that provides tangible benefits to participating companies. The program will take on a limited number of enterprises in each cohort and offer a direct approach to helping founders advance their companies and technologies. The coaching process will include a curated educational program, interactive workshops where participants can continually build out specific company deliverables, and tailored one-on-one mentoring.
“This is a very personalized program for early-stage companies focused on Class II and III medical devices,” said Sean Bittner, PhD, ACC, Director of Programs at M1 MedTech. “We’re excited to welcome our first cohort this August. The medical device companies that fit best with our program are in pre-seed or seed-stage, have completed a customer evaluation, know the issues they want to address, have not progressed far enough through the pipeline to have communicated with the FDA or completed preclinical or clinical testing,” says Bittner. “We would like the companies to have completed preliminary testing but have not gone too far into the product development phase.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity for an early-stage company to receive mentoring and guidance from a group of established individuals in the life sciences industry. The hands-on 12-week workshop curriculum will cover a variety of topics including company formation and management, preclinical and clinical testing, regulatory approval, among other necessary guidance as their companies begin to mature. We are excited to aid the founders in rapidly advancing toward commercialization and prepare them for critical early investment stages.”
Kevin Coker, CEO at Proxima CRO and Principal at M1 MedTech
Experts from Greenlight Guru, Medrio, Galen Data, and Merge Medical Device Studio join Proxima CRO as sponsors of the program and will assist with content delivery and mentoring. Applications will remain open until May 31.
About M1 MedTech
M1 MedTech is an accelerator/incubator designed to build MedTech companies. The program offers capital, entrepreneurial expertise, and CRO services, as well as an immersive experience offering a hands-on approach to guide founders as they become MedTech executives and advance their companies and technologies. The coaching process includes a curated educational program with a focus on regulatory and quality dynamics, one-on-one mentoring, and interactive workshops where participants can continually build out specific company deliverables.
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Signify Health, Inc. | June 15, 2022
Signify Health, Inc. a leading healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology, and nationwide healthcare networks to create and power value-based payment programs, announced the official opening of its new regional service center in Oklahoma City. The Company will mark the opening of its 25,000 square-foot site with a ceremonial ribbon cutting event with state and local government representatives, business community leaders, and employees.
“Our investment in workforce and economic development is attracting industry-leading companies like Signify Health who recognize the many attributes Oklahoma has to offer growing businesses,” said Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt. “We are delighted to officially welcome Signify Health to our business community and look forward to supporting their continued success for many years to come.”
Last December, Signify Health announced its decision to locate its third regional service center hub in Oklahoma City and plans to bring more than 200 new jobs to the region. Since that time, the Company has hired more than 130 new employees who work both on-site and remotely.
“We truly appreciate the warm welcome and support we have received from both the Governor’s and Mayor’s administrations. They helped make the process of opening up a new facility and sourcing talented people a seamless and positive experience. We knew at the outset of this journey that Oklahoma City was a place where we would find people who share our values and passion for making a positive difference in people’s health. What we found here exceeded our high expectations,”
David Pierre, Chief Operating Officer at Signify Health
“The healthcare industry in Oklahoma City is an extremely important economic driver for our region, and more importantly it’s a major contributor to a high quality of life for our residents,” said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. “We congratulate Signify on opening its doors in Oklahoma City and look forward to the contributions they will make to our community, from both economic and quality of life perspectives.”
Located at 5400 E. Memorial Road, Signify’s service center was designed to support the distinct needs of a hybrid workforce, including a flexible floor plan and collaboration spaces. In working with Turner & Company, Signify adopted a number of healthy workplace elements used in its Dallas office. Among the eco-friendly features are a geo-thermal HVAC system, LED lighting and an onsite wastewater treatment system.
Signify Health’s Chief Operating Officer, David Pierre, will host a ceremonial ribbon cutting event on June 15, 2022 at 10:00 AM CT. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt; Brent Kisling, Executive Director of Commerce, Oklahoma State Department of Commerce; and, Jeff Seymour, Executive Vice President, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce are expected to participate in the ceremony and offer remarks.
About Signify Health
Signify Health is a leading healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology, and nationwide healthcare provider networks to create and power value-based payment programs. Our mission is to transform how care is paid for and delivered so that people can enjoy more healthy, happy days at home. Our solutions support value-based payment programs by aligning financial incentives around outcomes, providing tools to health plans and healthcare organizations designed to assess and manage risk and identify actionable opportunities for improved patient outcomes, coordination and cost-savings. Through our platform, we coordinate what we believe is a holistic suite of clinical, social, and behavioral services to address an individual’s healthcare needs and prevent adverse events that drive excess cost, all while shifting services towards the home. For more information on how we are taking health homeward, visit us at signifyhealth.com.
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Rockley Photonics | March 11, 2022
Rockley Photonics Holdings Limited a global leader in photonics-based health monitoring and communications solutions, announced that it has agreed to enter a development partnership with Medtronic, a global leader in healthcare technology. The two companies plan to collaborate to bring Rockley’s recently announced Bioptx™ biomarker sensing platform into Medtronic’s solutions for use across various healthcare settings.
Rockley’s biosensing technology is expected to expand the capabilities of wearable medtech devices by miniaturizing the measurement and analysis of a range of biomarkers into a compact form factor. These advances mean that a single wearable device could monitor multiple crucial biomarkers – including core body temperature, blood pressure, body hydration, alcohol, lactate, and glucose trends, among others. The Bioptx platform offers an end-to-end sensing solution that integrates cloud analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to potentially deliver a holistic assessment of a variety of conditions.
The partnership with Medtronic builds on the societal shift from reactive to proactive healthcare by potentially enabling round-the-clock, real-time, non-invasive monitoring of a person’s health and well-being, thereby empowering clinicians to personalize care with actionable data.
“This partnership combines Medtronic’s exceptional strength in providing in-patient care with Rockley’s expertise in wearable, remote monitoring. I believe that this collaboration will bring to life our vision of giving people better insights into their health and well-being. We are excited about the potential for this partnership to herald the next generation of wearable devices and deliver a complete lifecycle of patient care.”
Dr. Andrew Rickman, chairman and chief executive officer of Rockley
About Rockley Photonics
A global leader in photonics-based health monitoring and communications solutions, Rockley Photonics is developing a comprehensive range of photonic integrated circuits and associated modules, sensors, and full-stack solutions. From next-generation sensing platforms specifically designed for mobile health monitoring and machine vision to high-speed, high-volume solutions for data communications, Rockley is laying the foundation for a new generation of applications across multiple industries. Rockley believes that photonics will eventually become as pervasive as micro-electronics, and it has developed a platform with the power and flexibility needed to address both mass markets and a wide variety of vertical applications.