HMD Labs announces Skyflow partnership

Health Tech up-and-comer and data privacy API company combine expertise to bring privacy, security, and compliance to intelligent medical devices

November 10, 2021 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) -- San Francisco-based HMD Labs, a provider of a complete and fully customizable data platform built to meet the specific needs of intelligent medical device startups, announced today its partnership with Skyflow, the leading customer data privacy company.

The partnership will enhance the ability to provide secure, HIPAA-compliant patient privacy methods in healthcare technology. Through this relationship, HMD Labs will combine its expertise in medical device development with Skyflow’s Healthcare Data Privacy Vault, which securely handles sensitive healthcare data via an API. “We’re excited to move into this next phase of secure technology for our customers. Data privacy vaults allow health tech companies to seamlessly and securely collect, protect, and share their data, while preserving patients’ privacy and

ensuring regulatory compliance,” said Brian Greene, co-founder and chief technology officer. “Skyflow has built a zero trust data vault that any health IT company can put into production in a few days. Development teams can build a Skyflow vault into their apps at the data layer. It’s a perfect match for our products.”

HMD Labs, the developers of the NeuronSphere™ suite of components, tools and SaaS Services, delivers intelligent medical device startups a comprehensive and cost-effective data architecture platform. Additionally, the company allows startups to implement and license its platform incrementally, ensuring the cost and complexity of their data environment never outpaces their funding stage.

Skyflow’s Healthcare Data Privacy Vault is a zero trust data vault designed specifically for protected health information (PHI). The vault is delivered as a cloud API, allowing healthcare software teams to innovate more rapidly without worrying about patient privacy, data security, HIPAA, or other regulatory concerns. Leveraging its unique polymorphic encryption approach, Healthcare Vault's customizable data schema supports the 18 regulated data types specifically identified by the HIPAA law and automatically ensures compliance with HIPAA, GDPR, and emerging regulations.

“We urgently need more innovations from the health tech industry, but not without patient privacy at its core,” said Anshu Sharma, CEO and co-founder at Skyflow. “Our Healthcare Vault with HMD Labs’ suite lets health tech and device developers build, while their data privacy, security, and compliance are handled. We’re looking forward to this win-win partnership.”

About HMD Labs

HMD Labs offers medical device startups a complete, composable data platform purpose-built for their needs. HMD Labs also allows startups to progressively deploy and license its flagship solution, NeuronSphere™, in coordination with their successive rounds of funding. 

About Skyflow

Founded in 2019, Skyflow is a data privacy vault for sensitive data. Our founders wanted to radically transform how businesses handle their users’ financial, healthcare, and other personal data -- the data that powers the digital economy. Inspired by the data vaults that leaders like Apple and Netflix built to handle customer data, our vision was to deliver the same kind of data privacy vault as a simple and elegant API, something any developer could easily build into their application, the same way they use Stripe, Twilio, or Okta. Skyflow is based in Palo Alto, California, with offices in Bangalore, India. For more information, visit http://www.skyflow.com or follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.

HMD Labs appoints Josh DeFonzo to join Board of Directors

Company continues growth and expansion, launching development of next generation med devices

September 21, 2021 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) — San Francisco-based HMD Labs, a provider of next-generation cloud data platforms that accelerates the digital transformation of medical devices across the healthcare industry, announced today that Josh DeFonzo, CEO and Director of Lux Health Tech Acquisition Corp., will join HMD Labs co-founders Kevin Derr and Brian Greene on the Board of Directors. HMD Labs partners with medical device startups and provides a comprehensive and cost-effective data architecture platform, that can be tailored to specific needs. Medical devices approved by the FDA have increased by 28 percent between 2019 and 2020. This growth is expected to continue with the global market for intelligent medical devices projected to reach $612.7 billion by the end of 2021.

At the helm of Lux Health Tech Acquisition Corp, DeFonzo leads the $345 million Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation, focusing on generational companies innovating at the intersection of healthcare and technology.

“Josh DeFonzo’s extensive experience developing new technology and markets, coupled with his passionate energy for early stage ventures and entrepreneurial opportunities, fits perfectly with the HMD Labs culture,” said Kevin Derr, Chief Executive Officer. “His strategic and technology development expertise will play an integral role in our future operations and strategy.”

In addition to his work at Lux Health, DeFonzo also serves as co-founder and CEO of Menadeara, Inc, an early stage company developing a platform that integrates real time imaging, robotics and AI to enable physicians to more consistently perform point-of-care intervention.

HMD Labs next-generation cloud data platform, NeuronSphere™, is a complete ecosystem of components, tools and SaaS services specifically designed for intelligent medical device startups. NeuronSphere™ provides unique turnkey access to data capabilities required by medical device companies, enabling reliable, scalable, compliant data pipelines that are fully customized to each organization’s specific use-cases. Capabilities include: SaaS-based data and analytics infrastructure orchestration, integrated compliance and security, intuitive workspaces and visualizations for online and offline use, as well as optimization for all roles and requirements across the intelligent medical device startup lifecycle from R&D through market success.

HMD Labs Chief Technology Officer Sits Down with Skyflow Chief Product Officer to Discuss "The Healthtech Innovator's Guide to Data, Privacy, Security, and Compliance"

HMD Labs Chief Technology Officer Sits Down with Skyflow Chief Product Officer to Discuss

Now more than ever, healthcare providers, practitioners, vendors and patients need powerful digital solutions that can be deployed quickly. But the teams building these solutions are slowed by the thorny privacy, security, and compliance issues inherent in handling sensitive healthcare and personal data. What if there was a better way? What if a polymorphically encrypted data privacy vault — the kind of solution privacy pioneers like Apple and Netflix have built internally — was available to you via the cloud, and deployable in as little as a day?  What if privacy had an API?

Join HMD Labs Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder Brian Greene and Skyflow Chief Product Officer Amruta Moktali for a discussion that will address how healthtech organizations are utilizing data privacy vaults to seamlessly and securely collect, protect, and share their data, while preserving patients’ privacy and ensuring HIPAA, SOC 2, GDPR, and CCPA compliance.

HMD Labs CTO Talks Privacy at Policies, Techies & VCs Conference

With new technology developing each day, data and privacy concerns continue to grow. Keeping healthcare data protected is vital from both the provider and patient perspectives. HMD Labs CTO and Co-Founder Brian Greene discusses "New Approaches to Healthcare Data Privacy" with Former United Healthcare and Optum Chief Data Officer Fawad Butt and Skyflow CEO and Co-Founder Anshu Sharma Friday, September 10 at 11:30 am ET during the Policies, Techies, and VCs Conference.

HMD Labs CTO Shares His Insight on the "Smart Device Startup Data Challenge: Synch Building with Funding"

HMD Labs CTO Shares His Insight on the

To achieve success, a medical device startup must build a sophisticated data architecture specifically designed to deliver maximum value for its customers’ use cases. However, it’s extremely difficult to build such an architecture—especially given early-stage budget constraints. HMD Labs CTO and Co-Founder Brian Greene explains why startups must wisely synch their data architecture spending with their funding rounds.

HMD Labs Experiences Significant Growth Fueled by Industry Demand

Health Tech Up-and-Comer Doubles Team and Exceeds 2021 Customer Goals

August 3, 2021 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) — San Francisco-based HMD Labs, a provider of a complete and fully customizable data platform built to meet the specific needs of intelligent medical device startups, announced today that since its founding in October 2020, the company has nearly reached its customer base projections for their pilot program, expanded its suite of technology, and doubled employee count.

HMD Labs, developers of the NeuronSphere™ suite of components, tools and SaaS Services, delivers intelligent medical device startups a comprehensive and cost-effective data architecture platform. Additionally, the company allows startups to implement and license its platform incrementally, ensuring the cost and complexity of their data environment never outpaces their funding stage.

Brian Greene, co-founder and chief technology officer, said the company already filled nearly 75 percent of its projected customer base for their pilot program. He attributes this to HMD Labs’ ability to meet the medical device market’s ever-changing needs.

“The number of FDA-approved medical devices increased by 28 percent between 2019 and 2020,” Greene said. “This growth is expected to continue with the global market for intelligent medical devices projected to reach $612.7 billion by the end of 2021. HMD Labs is fully staged for its next phase of expansion.”

To meet these growing demands, HMD Labs also expanded the company’s capacity by doubling its headcount.

“This significant growth pushed us beyond our original projections, even with COVID-19,” said Kevin Derr, co-founder and CEO. “To meet the increased market interest demands, we’ve accelerated our hiring plan by adding four additional employees to round out our quality, compliance and customer success teams. The addition of these highly skilled experts will help us achieve our goal to fill our pilot program before the end of the year.”

The new team members include:

  • Frank Caron, vice president research & development – a military Veteran with extensive experience in delivering customer value through AI solutions. For the past 27 years, Caron held a number of leadership positions at Stryker. He most recently served as a senior director of delivery for connected care where he led the overall strategy for developing and deploying commercial healthcare solutions on Stryker’s Digital Platform. He also served as a founding member of the company’s Global IoT Leadership Team and led the development and launch of their first commercial IoT application in 2017.
  • Michelle Taub, director of quality & compliance – an accomplished information technology/quality assurance professional with years of progressive experience, serving as a Deployment Manager for Philips and IS Senior Manager, Deployment Lead, R&D and Quality at Stryker. For HMD Labs, she will ensure all solutions adhere to industry regulations and that the company’s quality standards are aligned with regulated systems, especially medical devices.
  • Sam Lurie, lead customer success engineer – an experienced industry engineer, having held a variety of roles at Stryker, including cybersecurity automation lead. At HMD Labs, he will handle the technical aspects to deliver successful customer implementations, working directly with customer engineering teams to ensure their successful implementation and use of NeuronSphere™.
  • Michael Misshore, cloud engineer – an experienced security infrastructure and cloud engineer who has extensive knowledge of automated disaster recovery, who rounds out the engineering team, helping to plan and design cloud applications.
  • Kate Walls, cloud engineer – formally an information technology business analyst for Stryker, who will also join the engineering team, helping to plan and design cloud applications.
  • Adam Stortz, Principle Customer Success Engineer – an experienced industry engineer, who will work directly with customer engineering teams to ensure their successful implementation and use of NeuronSphere™.

Greene explained that “If ‘data is the new oil,’ NeuronSphere™ is your refinery. Intelligent medical device startups share a goal. We turn this goal into new products and clinical value streams.”

HMD Labs provides a purpose-built, turnkey, high-value data analytics platform especially for developers of next-generation medical devices.

“By providing this specialized platform to clients, we help them create foundational data analysis and data visualization capabilities that allow medical device innovators to get to market more quickly. They can allocate more of their limited resources to differentiating features, rather than what has rapidly become the ‘table stakes’ of advanced machine learning and AI for medical data,” Greene said. “The HMD Labs platform-and-toolkit approach frees innovators from these burdens so they can focus on quickly and effectively solving their specific clinical challenges-of-choice.”

About HMD Labs
HMD Labs offers medical device startups a complete, composable data platform purpose-built for their needs. HMD Labs also allows startups to progressively deploy and license its flagship solution, NeuronSphere™, in coordination with their successive rounds of funding.

HMD Labs CEO Shares His ''Five Things You Need To Create A Highly Successful Startup''

HMD Labs CEO Shares His ''Five Things You Need To Create A Highly Successful Startup''

There's no playbook on the perfect way to create a startup, but with the right mentality and an awesome team of hard workers, we think our team has done a pretty great job and we continue to get better every day. HMD Labs CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Derr shares his experiences, tips, and five things you need to create a highly successful startup like HMD Labs.

HMD Labs CTO Featured on Medtech Money Podcast

HMD Labs CTO Featured on Medtech Money Podcast

HMD CTO and Co-Founder Brian Greene sits down with Mister MedTech Giovanni Lauricella to discuss raising seed funding from a first-time entrepreneur point of view, the decision to leave corporate, taking on an entrepreneur mindset and more.

HMD Labs Seed Financing Affirms Robust Market Interest in Value Accelerator for Next-Gen Medical Devices

Industry-Specific AI/ML Platform Scores $2M Funding from Richard Leparmentier, Anshu Sharma, Peeyush Ranjan, and Others

MARCH 23, 2021 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) — HMD Labs has secured $2 million in seed-round financing from multiple investors, including industry luminaries Richard Leparmentier, Anshu Sharma, and Peeyush Ranjan. 

This new round of funding underscores the market’s strong endorsement of the HMD Labs AI/ML platform—which enables next-generation medical device innovators to accelerate their time-to-market, enhance their value propositions to clinical practitioners, and more effectively differentiate themselves from their erstwhile competitors through optimized analysis and visibility into high-value clinical data. 

This funding is especially significant because it comes from investors with significant experience, insight, and interest in the rapidly evolving market for intelligent medical devices. 

Richard Leparmentier, who currently serves as VP of R&D for Johnson & Johnson’s Auris Flexible Robotics business unit, has had a storied multi-decade career as an innovator and entrepreneur in the industry—including leadership roles at GE, ASML, Mako, Stryker, and Auris. 

Anshu Sharma, co-founder and CEO of Skyflow, is a serial entrepreneur who has invested in numerous startups—including Nutanix, Algolia, Workato, and RazorPay. Sharma also co-founded Clearedin and Suki. He previously served as venture partner at Storm Ventures and was VP of platform at Salesforce. 

Peeyush Ranjan is VP of Engineering at Google, leading both its Next Billion Users initiative and its Payments organization. Peeyush has also held technology leadership positions at Airbnb and Flipkart. 

The new round of funding will be devoted entirely to product development. 

HMD Labs provides a purpose-built turnkey high-value data analytics platform especially for developers of next-generation medical devices. By providing this specialized platform to its entrepreneurial clientele, HMD Labs allows them to avoid having to “re-invent the wheel” for their foundational data analysis and data visualization capabilities. Medical device innovators can thus get to market more quickly and allocate more of their limited resources to differentiating features, rather than what has rapidly become the “table stakes” of advanced machine learning and AI for medical data. 

“Medical device innovators lose a lot of time and waste a lot of resources navigating the complex hurdles of data science, DataOps, regulatory compliance, and clinical process,” said HMD Labs CTO and co-founder Brian Greene. “The HMD Labs platform-and-toolkit approach frees innovators from these burdens so they can focus on quickly and effectively solving their specific clinical challenges-of-choice.” 

About HMD Labs 

HMD Labs empowers medical device innovators to get to market more quickly with better clinical solutions by providing a purpose-built state-of-the-art platform and development toolkit for medical data analytics. For more information about HMD Labs, please call 925-412-3476.