Ultrahuman raises $17.5M, touting a wearable blood glucose tracker

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Fitness platform Ultrahuman has actually formally announced a $17.5 million Series B fund raise, with investment originating from early phase fund Alpha Wave Incubation, Steadview Capital, Nexus Venture Partners, Blume Ventures and Utsav Somanis iSeed fund.
A variety of creators and angel financiers likewise participated in the Bangalore-headquartered start-ups Series B, consisting of Tiger Globals Scott Schleifer, Deepinder Goyal (CEO of Zomato), Kunal Shah (CEO of Cred), and Gaurav Munjal and Romain Saini (the CEO and co-founders of unacademy), to name a few. The latest tranche of financing brings its overall raised to date to $25M.
While the membership platform has been around given that 2019, using a relatively familiar mix of house exercise videos, mindfulness material, sleep sessions and heart rate tracking (integrating with 3rd party wearables like the Apple Watch), its latest fitness tool looks rather more unique– as its developed for keeping track of metabolic activity by tracking the users glucose levels (aka, blood sugar level).
Keeping tabs on blood sugar level is essential for people living with diabetes. In the US alone millions of individuals are prediabetic– meaning they have a higher than normal level of blood glucose and are at danger of establishing diabetes, though they may not understand it.
More broadly, Ultrahuman declares over a billion individuals worldwide experience a metabolic health condition– highlighting the scale of the possible addressable market its considering..
Having actually sustained high blood glucose is associated with several health problems so handling the condition with lifestyle modifications like diet and workout is recommended. Way of life changes can decrease elevated blood glucose and diminish or even prevent unfavorable health effects– such as by averting the danger of a prediabetic individual going on to develop full blown diabetes.
Knowing what type of diet plan and exercise regime will work best for a specific person can be tricky– and include a lot of discouraging trial and mistake– given that individualss glucose reactions to different food products can vary wildly.
These reactions depend upon a persons metabolic health– which in turn depends on specific elements like microbiome variety, stress levels, time of day, food component and quality. (See also: Personalized nutrition start-ups like Zoe– which is likewise paying mind to blood glucose levels however as one element of a broader play to attempt to use big data and AI to translate the microbiome.).
With metabolic health being so particular to each people theres a strong case for continuous glucose monitoring having widespread utility– certainly if the procedure and price-point can be made extensively accessible.
Here, Ultrahuman is attempting productizing the practice for a physical fitness enthusiast market– introducing its first gadget in beta back in June– although the price-point its targeting is beginning fairly premium..
The product (a wearable and a subscription service)– which its branded Cyborg– includes a skin patch that draws out glucose from the interstitial fluid under the skin, per creator and CEO, Mohit Kumar, with the data fed into a companion app for analysis and visualization.
Image credits: Ultrahuman.
The spot tracks the users blood glucose levels as they go about their day– consuming, exercising, sleeping etc– with the biomarker utilized to trigger the app to nudge the user to “optimize your way of life”, as Ultrahumans site puts it– such as by notifying the user to a high blood sugar occasion and recommending they take exercise to bring their level down.
If the item lives up to its guarantee of constant glucose monitoring made simple, fans of unhealthy food could be in for a rude awakening as theyre served fast feedback on how their body copes (or, well, doesnt) with their favorite snacks …
” We utilize medical grade sensors that have actually been used in the sports innovation domain for the last 6-7 yrs with decent accuracy levels,” says Kumar when we inquire about the specifics of the wearable technology its using. (The noticing hardware is being worn here in the sense that its straight connected to (i.e. stuck into/on) bare skin.).
While Ultrahumans platform has plenty more vanilla fitness material, the business is now billing itself as a “metabolic fitness platform”– putting the nascent product front and center, although the glucose tracking membership service remains in closed beta in the meantime.
The start-up is running a waitlist for sign-ups as it continues to develop the technology.
Ultrahuman touts “thousands” of individuals signed up and waiting to get their hands on the glucose tracker service– and says its seeing 60% week over week growth in register, with broader availability of the item slated for “early 2022”.
Some of the Series B cash will be used to make enhancements to the quality of the glucose biomarkers ahead of a full item launch.
On the enhancements side, Kumar tells TechCrunch the team is exploring “other kind factors and other kinds of sensing units that might assist us record glucose in a more accurate way and for a longer duration than 14 days”, as they work to hone the wearable. (The present version of the skin-worn sensor just lasts 2 weeks before it must be changed with another spot.).
” We want to include more biomarkers like HRV [heart-rate variability], sleep zones and breathing rate to help people understand the impact of metabolic health on their recovery/sleep and vice-versa,” he adds.
Ultrahuman states it chose to focus on tracking glucose as its “main biomarker” as it can be used as a proxy for measuring a variety of fitness and health concerns– making it a (potentially) extremely helpful step of specific health signals.
Or offered the start-ups innovation has the ability to identify modifications to glucose levels with enough level of sensitivity to be able to make meaningful recommendations per user.
” Glucose is fascinating since it is a real-time biomarker thats affected by workout, food, sleep and tension,” states Kumar, adding: “We are able to help individuals make way of life changes throughout many vectors like nutrition, sleep, tension and workout vs being unidimensional. It is also extremely customized as it guides you according to your bodys own reaction.”.
He offers some examples of how the product could assist users by recognizing beneficial tweaks they could make to their diet and workout programs– such as determining which foods in their existing diet yield “a healthy metabolic action” vs those that “require more optimization” (aka, avoiding the dreaded sugar crash). Or by assisting users recognize “a fantastic meal window” for their way of life– based in their bodys glucose consumption rate.
Other helpful pushes he recommends the service can provide to sensor-wearing users– with an eye on professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts– is how finest to sustain up before exercise to perform optimally.
Enhancing the last meal of the day to enhance sleep efficiency is another idea.
If Ultrahumans Cyborg can do all that with a (bearably) wearable skin patch and a bit of smart algorithmic analysis it could take the quantified self pattern to the next level.
An easy stick-on sensor-plus-app that passively amplifies internal biological signals and equates specific biomarkers into extremely actionable real-time tailored health insights might be the start of something big in preventative health care.
Once again, though, Ultrahumans early rates suggests there will be some fairly difficult limits on who is able to tap in here.
Early adopters in the closed beta are shelling out $80 per month for the membership service, per Kumar.
The (typically greater) expense of eating healthily and having enough leisure time to be able to care for your body by taking workout are other difficult socioeconomic limitations that wont be fixed by a wearable, no matter how smart

, sleep zones and respiratory rate to assist individuals understand the effect of metabolic health on their recovery/sleep and vice-versa,” he includes.
Early adopters in the closed beta are shelling out $80 per month for the membership service, per Kumar.

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