Innovation Igniter provides the news highlights you need to know to stay on top of wearable product design, medical device design advancements and more in Cincinnati and across the globe. This week, we cover Fitbit and Dexcom’s collaboration to make life easier for people with diabetes; Kansas City, Missouri and the truly smart city; and major leadership changes at Eccrine Systems.

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Fitbit and Dexcom to Develop Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Experience for People Living with Diabetes

World Health Organization (WHO) estimates indicate more than 400 million people worldwide live with diabetes. Fitbit (industry leader in the wearables space) and Dexcom, Inc. (industry leader in the continuous glucose monitoring for diabetes space) recently announced they are collaborating to provide data important to those struggling with diabetes – in a discreet and easy way via mobile tools. The first initiative involves transferring Dexcom CGM data to the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit’s new smartwatch, for both Android and iOS users.

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What Makes a Smart City Truly Smart?

Kansas City, Missouri is aiming to be the “world’s most connected smart city,” and plans to expand the smart cities approach to previously neglected neighborhoods. (Columbus, Ohio won last year’s DOT Smart City Challenge.)

Kansas City has 125 smart streetlights, partnered with Cisco and Sprint to offer 50 blocks downtown public wifi, houses interactive kiosks along the streets and is testing a driverless car pilot project. However, it is noted that “gadgets” themselves are not what makes a city smart – it’s the data.

“We’ve figured out that 85 percent of the data that you need to run a smart city, you’ve probably already got. Any city can be a smart city, or a smarter city, just by getting better control of their data and by understanding what it’s saying to them.”

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Eccrine Systems CTO promoted to CEO

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Eccrine Systems has made several major internal leadership changes. For starters, Gavi Begtrup, PhD, has been promoted from CTO to CEO. His CTO functions will also continue in the new role, as he concentrates on utilizing Eccrine’s biosensor and microfluidics advancements for innovative sweat monitoring products.

Additionally, Co-founder and former CEO Bob Beech has taken on the role of Executive Chairman, Rick Egan has transitioned from CFO to President & COO, and Kara Chapin, PE, has been promoted to VP Research & Development.


Our Authors: Matt Suits and Andreya Carlson

About The Author: Matt Suits

Matt has always loved interacting with clients to find solutions for their challenges. He was drawn to business development at Kaleidoscope because of the great potential he saw. After graduating from the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, he worked with two startups, a marketing consultancy, a financial services company and the non-profit 3CDC. He believes that listening is the most important part of sales. In his free time, Matt enjoys movies, trying new foods, traveling and the great outdoors.

About the Author: Andreya Carlson

Andreya has always been fascinated by language and the written word, which drove her to earn a degree in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She additionally earned a degree in Psychology, which kindled her interest in the healthcare industry. Her experience in marketing, communications, writing and editing includes work with a prominent human rights organization in England and a Cincinnati-based book publishing company. Andreya’s appetite for knowledge and passion for purposeful creation led her to cover design and healthcare advancement news for Kaleidoscope.

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