Scanadu scores $10.5M and paves the way for FDA trials

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Scanadu, the startup out of NASA Ames Research Center that hopes to build a series of personal health-monitoring devices, has raised $10.5 million in its first round of venture funding after completing a successful Indiegogo project in July that raised almost $1.7 million.

That project was for the Scanadu Scout, a small, hockey puck-shaped device that a user holds to her head, and that determines her heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, respiratory rate and blood oxygen levels. The Scout can then send the information to an iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. The device won’t be out until March, and those who signed up via the Indiegogo campaign will also be enrolled in the first FDA study on the usability of the device on an opt-in basis.

Scanadu’s goal is to develop a portfolio of products that put the diagnostic capabilities of an emergency room visit in the…

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