Updated on 30 August 2016
Vital Smith team selected as finalist for grants4apps accelerator program
Singapore: Vital Smith, a Korean startup which focuses on developing innovative technology for diagnostics devices is recognized and acknowledged by Bayer as the final winners of its Grants4Apps Accelerator 2016 program.
Grants4Apps, now in its 3rd year, is an open innovation initiative, launched in 2013 as a crowdsourcing program. It provides financial support to developers and startups for their software, hardware and technology projects, which contribute to improve health outcomes or pharmaceutical processes.
Kemal Malik, a Member of management board and the Head of Innovation at
Bayer, commenced the event with a keynote speech followed by project pitches of the winning teams.
"We are excited that the ‘Grants4Apps Accelerator' program is so well accepted around the world and we welcome the first startup from Korea this year," said Kemal Malik, Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and responsible for Innovation. "With our ‘Accelerator' program we create an environment which advances digital innovation in healthcare. We are looking forward to supporting the four digital health startups to further develop their innovative projects."
B bless' presented by Vital Smith, is a saliva-based smart ovulation tester designed for women to provide easier and more accurate way of measuring their ovulation period through smartphone and its application. Vital Smith explained that ‘b bless' has high degree of accuracy, convenience and sanitation compared to other existing alternatives such as period check application or urine test. ‘B bless' users can easily get data about their ovulation period by putting their saliva on the film of the tester and then sticking it to the camera lens of their personal mobile phone. The judges also evaluated a lipstickshaped design of ‘b bless' which is customized for women.