At Johnson & Johnson, we love to hear good news, especially when that news has the potential to improve healthcare outcomes. Recently, we were contacted by our friends at the Kairos Society, a non-profit organization created to connect the world’s top student entrepreneurs to industry leading thought leaders, all in an effort to tackle society’s biggest unmet needs. Johnson & Johnson partnered with the Kairos Society in February to sponsor its fifth annual summit, which focused this year on mobile healthcare and opportunities to create new solutions for early detection and rapid response. [gallery columns="2" ids="5429,5416,5415,5414"] Now about that good news! Kairos Society President Alex Fiance told us a few of the students who attended our panel discussions found more than just inspiration -- they found solutions that helped them create a healthcare app to provide a real-time temperature monitoring system. The Life Patch System team designed and created a non-invasive, real-time temperature monitoring system for children with febrile seizures. Febrile seizures are convulsions brought on by excessive fever in infants or small children and may cause children to become prone to such attacks. We recently spoke with Aaron and Becca Goldstein, a brother and sister, who are part of the Life Patch System team. The team also includes Collin Hill, Demetri Monovoukas and Miles Bird. [caption id="attachment_5417" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Aaron Goldstein and Collin Hill, Life Patch System[/caption] Q: Tell us about your venture Life Patch System. What fueled the idea? A: [Aaron] Our teammate Collin Hill had suffered from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare blood cancer. During chemotherapy treatment, it’s essential for a patient to have access to medical facilities if the patient’s fever exceeds approximately 100°F. Collin often slept through his fevers, and, upon awakening, needed to be rushed to the hospital with a fever of 104°. There was no solution to this issue offered by his doctors. Intrigued by Collin’s inability to constantly monitor his temperature, Collin and I conducted some research and discovered that this issue is not unique to cancer patients; a large segment of all children suffer from febrile seizures. Parents lacked the ability to constantly monitor their child’s temperature in real-time. We came up with Life Patch System, the world's first non-invasive, real-time temperature monitoring system specifically designed for children who suffer from febrile seizures. A small, disposable patch is placed behind a child’s ear or on the forehead. That patch monitors the child’s temperature and sends the data to the Relay Unit. In turn, parents can use the Life Patch app to access the data and monitor their child's temperature from anywhere in the world using their smart phone device. The app lets parents know if their child’s temperature is spiking. It also collects temperature data over time and can create a patient profile of their child. This data, in turn, lets doctors provide more personalized medical advice to the child and his parents. [caption id="attachment_5413" align="aligncenter" width="597"] Life Patch, the wireless innovation, connects to your smartphone to track your child’s temperature[/caption] Q: So how did you turn an idea into a healthcare app? A: [Aaron] One of the key takeaways from the Johnson & Johnson panel discussions was the importance of partnerships with people who have expertise. We recruited Demetri Monovoukas, a biomedical engineer with previous entrepreneurial experience, to the team and, through this addition, we were able to take the idea and actually create a physical prototype. We also learned at the Johnson & Johnson patient panel discussion about the importance of talking to potential users (patients) about what they needed an app to do for them to better manage their disease or chronic health condition. Because of that insight, we met with medical professionals to confirm the need of our product, further pushing the incentive to create this prototype. Q: Tell us about Life Patch System’s launch. A: [Becca] Thanks to initial inspiration and information from Johnson & Johnson, the new venture has already achieved significant milestones of success. Life Patch System beat out more than 30 teams from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School to make it to the finals of Maveron's Consumer Start-Up Pitch Event and win first place. The team was then chosen as one of the six finalists to present at the Kravis Concept Plan Competition at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in California, winning the top prize for their app. Most recently, Life Patch System was the only U.S. team invited to pitch at the Shift Split Conference in Croatia, making it to the final rounds. Q: What’s next for both of you and the Life Patch System? A: [Becca] I’m entering my senior year at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in English. I am as passionate about narrative as I am about people. I hope to tell the stories of other successful entrepreneurs in the future. I have one year until I graduate, and although I'm not yet sure what the next chapter in my personal story will be, I hope that I can continue to work towards solving global challenges entrepreneurially. A: [Aaron] I’m in the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2016, with a major in Accounting and Finance. As for the app, we are currently developing our first prototype, which will be finished by the end of this summer. At that point, we plan on finding a strategic partner to work with to complete the final design and start manufacturing the Life Patch System. Aaron and Becca also told us Life Patch System has added yet another feather to its cap; it was recently chosen as one of the two winners of the Sierra Wireless/MedStartr mHealth contest. We love how a group of smart, young entrepreneurs took an unmet healthcare challenge and turned it into an innovative solution available for parents in the palm of their hand. Good luck Aaron, Becca, and the entire Life Patch System team! You can also learn more about our sponsorship by watching the video below:
Susan Rucci is a Manager for the Corporate Social Media Team. She joined Johnson & Johnson full-time in May. Susan was a Johnson & Johnson Graduate Fellow while she earned a Master’s degree from New York University. She previously worked as a Network News producer at CBS News and Good Morning America. Nicole Boczon has spent this summer working as an intern for the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Communication team. She is entering her sophomore year at American University in Washington, D.C. where she is pursuing a degree in Marketing. Nicole has a passion for writing, design and photography, and looks forward to reporting for her school’s magazine, Her Campus.