BOOST THYROID joins Fast Track Malmö accelerator to curb thyroid autoimmune diseases
Boost Thyroid (http://www.boosthealthapp.com) will bring its innovative thyroid health app to the Fast Track Malmö accelerator this spring. The digital health startup, based in Berlin, helps people around globe better understand their thyroid health and how it impacts their overall health and daily life. The company was one of the top 1% of applicants for this prestigious accelerator program.
“We are excited about this opportunity as Sweden is a proven digital health leader within the EU with a forward-thinking mindset and a collaborative community,” said Boost Thyroid founder and CEO Dr. Vedrana Högqvist Tabor. “We are looking forward to work from Malmö, to explore the Swedish health tech scene, to interact with other startups, and to continue our work on improving autoimmune health.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome Boost Thyroid to our accelerator,” said Joel Larsson, co-founder and managing director of Fast Track Malmö. “They are one of the most exciting and disruptive apps in the health space.”
Launched in May 2017, Boost Thyroid is the most scientific and user-friendly thyroid health-tracking app available. The company received the European Commission’s Seal of Excellence for its concept, strategy, and current achievements, and has been supported by the EU H2020 initiative programme, PERMIDES.
During the time in Malmö, Boost Thyroid will further develop its proprietary algorithm aimed at coaching people with Hashimoto’s to reduce their symptoms, improve their well-being, and ultimately reduce the risk of developing secondary health problems.
Part of the pre-seed financing will go to clinical research to identify the efficacy of the individualized coaching approach.
The app is updated regularly with new features. In the current version, users can:
o Log their weight, symptoms, lifestyle, medication, and supplements on a 5-point intensity scale, choosing from 10 symptoms, 2 lifestyle factors, 4 type of medication and 7 supplements
o View their symptom trends on a monthly basis
o Enter their lab test results and view them on a graph, including basic TSH, fT3, fT4, rT3, TPO and TG tests
o Talk to a chatbot Hashiboto, which contains a scientific knowledge base on thyroid, autoimmunity, and Hashimoto’s
o Set reminders to take medications
o Have an overview of the averages of the latest week and latest lab tests
o Receive monthly personal well-being report summaries via email
Boost was co-founded in December 2016 by Croatian-Swedish scientist and Hashimoto’s patient Dr. Vedrana Högqvist Tabor and her partner, Swedish scientist and engineer Dr. Mikael Högqvist Tabor. Their goal was to build a solution to help the millions of people worldwide diagnosed with Hashimoto’s.
Vedrana and Mikael combine science, technology, and the patient perspective. They seek to empower people around the globe in their daily life and in conversations with their doctors, so they can better understand their health patterns and adhere to a healthier lifestyle.
Boost Thyroid is built by people with a deep knowledge in biomedicine, machine learning, design, engineering and patient experience.
Boost Thyroid uses machine learning to detect the health patterns of each person based on their tracking and conversations with “Hashiboto”. The result is a personalized health overview.
“Our team strongly believes that digital technology will bring democracy to healthcare and empower patients to have a more balanced conversation with their doctor, helping early disease prevention,” — Dr. Vedrana Högqvist Tabor
Boost Thyroid is available in English and is on iOS. An Android app and new features are being developed.
Boost Thyroid — The team behind the app
Dr. Vedrana Högqvist Tabor, CEO and co- founder of Boost Thyroid, wanted to build a solution for Hashimoto’s patients like herself who were experiencing a diverse range of symptoms and health problems too broad to be solved during one doctor’s visit. She saw that classical medical approach for treating Hashimoto’s is much less advanced than the strategies suggested for diabetes, a more known autoimmune disease — even though roughly the same number of people are diagnosed with both diseases, and Hashimoto’s can, similar to diabetes, lead to severe health complications. Vedrana wanted to bring together her passion for digital technology, science and patient empowerment to build a product people will find useful. “By connecting personal technology to science, we can speed up the pace of research and discovery as well as our knowledge of the disease.”
Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Vedrana obtained her doctorate degree at Humboldt University in Berlin, and has worked on cancer research in some of the world’s most renowned institutions, such as Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Vedrana is a digital health advocate and is a frequent speaker on the power of digital tools at events including TEDx and WIRED Health and at universities such as Oxford, Stanford and Columbia.
“Why did I decide to build an app for Hashimoto’s? The shortest answer would be: because I know this condition. I am a Hashimoto’s patient. I have been living with it for years. It has been in my family for at least three generations and has profoundly affected all of our lives. If we can help people, and I know we can, to get better faster, with minimal or no symptoms, my goal and wish is fulfilled.” — Dr. Vedrana Högqvist Tabor
Dr. Mikael Högqvist Tabor, CTO and co-founder of Boost Thyroid, has a doctorate in computer science and machine learning from Humboldt University in Berlin. Mikael has worked on projects ensuring safe and easy massive data storage and distribution, facilitating research and discovery.
“Connecting patients to doctors and research through digital tools will enable patients to have an access from anywhere in the world and whenever they are in the need. This will speed up process of successfully leading the patient through the health system.” — Dr. Mikael Högqvist Tabor