Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

No sweat as wearables start-up Kenzen raises $5m

Steve Rogerson
June 20, 2017



California-based smart wearables start-up Kenzen has raised $5m from multiple investors to develop its non-invasive sweat analysis technology for measuring vital signs and motion sensors to predict and prevent avoidable injuries and illness.
 
The money will also be used to market the Echo smart patch wearable technology.
 
Investors include Digitalis, Flex (formerly Flextronics), San Francisco 49ers, Hickory Ventures, Gaingels and the Women’s Capital Connection.
 
“Technology continually improves people’s lives and wearables represent the next great shift that will boost precision medicine,” said Steve Allen, co-founder and partner at Digitalis Ventures. “Digitalis recognises that Kenzen, led by its dynamic executive team, is in great position to address digital health initiatives promoting wellness and safety.”
 
The smart patch is a small, connected wearable that, in combination with mobile apps and proprietary algorithms, generates around-the-clock health analysis and meaningful, actionable insights with personalised health relevance.
 
“Kenzen has tremendous technology that can help sports teams, and impact fitness and health overall,” said Paraag Marathe, chief strategy officer for the San Francisco 49ers. “As both an investor and customer, we are big fans of Kenzen and appreciate the team’s down-to-earth, honest and very intellectual approach to things. They’ve been a great partner in building a breakthrough product for athletes.”
 
Founded in 2014, Kenzen has been recognised by media players TechCrunch, TechNavio, Fast Company and Google for Entrepreneurs for its wearable innovations.
 
“Kenzen brings connected, clinical relevance to wearables by measuring and delivering predictive analytics that are critical to wellness and can improve physical performance,” said Sonia Sousa, co-founder and CEO, Kenzen. “We are marrying connected wearables with fluidics analysis to deliver real-time precision medicine to healthcare communities.”
 
The Kenzen wearables platform continuously monitors, predicts and prevents avoidable health conditions using non-invasive sweat analysis. The Echo smart patch uses multiple patented biosensors to measure vital health signs continuously and gather reliable data to prevent injuries and illness and to optimise health.