Vheda Health, a digital health company that seeks to help people with chronic conditions, is one of a handful of healthcare startups that have received backing from a commercialization fund from Maryland’s Technology Development Corp. They were part of a list of 15 companies that received $1.5 million. It follows a funding allocation from earlier this year.
The Maryland program allocates funding to companies developing technology products with universities and/or federal labs in the state. To qualify, companies have to be in a collaboration with a federal lab or university, they have to be located in an affiliate incubator company in the state, they have to be involved in one of two Maryland programs — ACTiVATE, an entrepreneurship training program aimed at women, or INNoVATE — or participate in TEDCO’s Rural Business Initiative. The focus is on small businesses so companies must have under 16 employees, or be a university spin-off under five years old or have venture investments under $500,000. More than half of the companies’ employees must work in the state.
Update Vheda’s co-founders Shameet Luhar and Philip Rub previously worked for the payer WellPoint. Their company uses mobile technology as part of an intense intervention program to motivate people with chronic conditions to adhere to care plans through a mix of remote monitoring from biometric devices and visits from a care team. It counts a health plan among its customers and will be doing a study with the Center for Health Information and Decision Sciences at the University of Maryland at College Park. Both founders joined the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship in January after taking part in the Iron Yard accelerator in South Carolina. This year it became part of StartUp Health Academy, which doesn’t have a specific geographic requirement.
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