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Synapse Develops Technology for Innovative Asthma Management Device
Date:7/17/2012

SEATTLE, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Asthmapolis, a Wisconsin-based company dedicated to advancements in asthma treatment, partnered with Synapse to develop breakthrough technologies for asthma treatment. Combining medication sensors, mobile applications, and analytics, the Asthmapolis sensor attaches to existing rescue inhalers to collect data such as when and where patients experience asthma conditions. Having recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance, Asthmapolis will soon begin marketing the technology to healthcare providers for their patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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"Asthmapolis was a unique and challenging product for Synapse," says Dylan Garrett, Director of Business Development at Synapse's San Francisco office. "For people with asthma, an inhaler is a device they rely on regularly and, in many ways, have a personal relationship with. Beside the issues of complex functionality and small form-factor, there were numerous human factors issues that had to be resolved."

The Asthmapolis sensor is being used by 500 residents of Louisville, KY in a study to compile data that will help determine trends at the public health level and allow physicians to remotely monitor their patients' level of asthma control. By attaching to existing inhalers, the sensor communicates with the patient's mobile phone or base station to transmit usage data, including time and location, providing valuable information on possible environmental asthma triggers, such as air quality and pollen outbreaks.

With several versions already developed and tested, Asthmapolis tapped Synapse for its strengths in multi-disciplinary engineering. "Our mission is to make it easier for patients and physicians to do a better job managing their asthma every day," says David Van Sickle, co-f
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