Sharon Samjitsingh is asthmatic. This led her to ask a key question. Why hasn’t anyone invented an effective solution to manage chronic respiratory diseases when 10 million people die each year?
Her search for an answer led her to cofound Health Care Originals Inc., an award-winning digital health startup, utilizing a combination of its own proprietary technology and technology developed at the University of Rochester School of Nursing.
Sharon and co-founder Jared Dwarika are both TEN alumni. This helped them use the same strategy framework as they developed their business, commercialized innovative technology and secured investment to spur their growth. Since completing TEN, Health Care Originals has raised investment capital and most recently, Dr. Brad Berk, former CEO of the UR Medical Center, and Eric Allyn, former Chairman of Welch Allyn, have invested and joined their board.
Health Care Originals continues to gain market traction with ADAMM, a wearable device with proprietary software. It is currently in use for clinical research into lung disease at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia, and studies in asthma and telemedicine for asthma at the Yale School of Medicine and the Yale New Haven Hospital Network. HCO will also soon be deployed in remote patient monitoring in South Africa and in COPD studies with confidential partners.
Sales to these early customers, expected to be $920,000 in 2019, are expanding HCO’s data sets, which drive the company’s artificial intelligence initiative and the ultimate goal of diagnosis by proxy. This application of AI will allow HCO to develop algorithms for mass customization, which is necessary for personalized chronic disease management.
HCO has multiple sources of revenue from both hardware and software with rapid growth expected to exceed $100 million by 2022.
“I am passionate about the level of freedom, depth of understanding and personalized control that digital health solutions, medical wearables and the IoT environment offer the individual,” said Samjitsingh. “I am very excited to be a part of the ecosystem bringing that promise to reality.”
She maintains her connection to another TEN alum, Sweetwater Energy, which is leading the deployment and scale-up of a game-changing solution for biomass pre-treatment, a system that will revolutionize renewable fuels, chemicals and materials. Sweetwater Energy is deploying its first commercial-scale model in Estonia in 2019.
Sharon is committed to paying it forward, sharing her operational expertise and fundraising experience in local and international forums to help other startups succeed.
After speaking at the inaugural Women of Wearables conference in 2018, Sharon gained international acclaim and was included in the Names Dress, a wearable, compostable conceptual art piece by Sylvia Heisel that was engineered with handwritten, 3D printed names of women in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math.)
Sharon joins an impressive group of 300 women leaders including Jane Goodall, Florence Nightingale, Katherine Blurr Blodgett, and Sheryl Sandberg. The Names Dress is currently on exhibit at the Sustainable Thinking Exhibition at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, Italy through March 8, 2020.
She has also spoken at TEN Boot Camps and special events. On May 8, Sharon participated in Monroe County’s Celebration of Small Business Week, “Thriving: Women Leaders Connect and Learn” discussing how HCO is building a successful company during the panel, “Thriving through Impact.”
To learn more about the TEN program, visit the Startup & Small Business Programs page.