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Student Startup’s Life-Saving Technology Introduced to President Obama

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I.M.LAB CEO Kwon has video chat with Obama at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Unveils a self-developed sensing device and app for CPR training

A startup founded by KAIST graduates & PhD students is dedicated to healthcare products

 

A sensing device developed by I.M.LAB, a startup founded by a group of KAIST students to offer improved CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training, was introduced to President Obama of the United States. Ye-Ram Kwon, CEO of I.M.LAB, had a conversation with President Obama of the United States through the 'Google Portal,' Google's teleconferencing tool, during the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which took place for three days (June 22-24) at Stanford University in the United States. Kwon, who was in Daechi-dong, Seoul, had a lively talk with President Obama in San Francisco as if they were having an actual face-to-face conversation. 
 

The meeting was arranged under the GES' 'a meet-up between President Obama and four selected entrepreneurs from around the world,' and I.M.LAB was the only Korean team selected for the session. Since it was established by a group of graduates and PhD students in 2014, it has been engaged in the development of healthcare products under the vision of "saving the lives of other people and making the world a better place."     

 

The company's first product is 'HeartiSense,' a new CPR training device consisting of apps and a sensor kit that can be attached to a manikin. It is designed to provide a new experience in CPR training with improved, smarter manikins. The product idea was motivated by the fact that in this era marked by an abundance of smart devices, CPR training lags far behind.
 

Kwon said that HeartiSense was applauded by President Obama as "an innovative and smart device" and he even encouraged people to obtain CPR training with it.
 

"The conversation lasted for only a short period of time; nevertheless, through the conversation and his feedback, I reached the firm conviction that I am doing a worthwhile job and it will benefit people.  

 

Student Startup’s Life-Saving Technology Introduced to President Obama 이미지1  

 

The following is a summary of an interview with Kwon:
 

Q. Please tell me about yourself. 
A. After graduating from college, I entered the Graduate School of Culture Technology of KAIST to learn about technologies that can benefit humanity. I am currently enrolled in a PhD program (advisor Prof. Won-Jun Kim). During my graduate studies, I was involved in a project to develop a simulator for CPR training based on augmented reality (AR) and became interested in commercializing it for the emergency medical training equipment market, which led me to launch a business.  

 

Q. What prompted you to develop HeartiSense?
A. We are living in an advanced information technology era; however, technological application in emergency lifesaving procedures (for example, firefighting and medical emergency) still lags behind. Indeed, about a total of three million people around the world die of acute cardiac arrest each year; however, the training to save victims of heart attack still depends on traditional methods. We have designed HeartiSense to improve field CPR quality by making use of a sensing device.
 

Q. What did you talk about with President Obama?
A. Our product was highly praised by President Obama as "an innovative and smart device." He said that as the President of the United States, he wanted to encourage people to get CPR training with HeartiSense. President Obama asked the four selected entrepreneurs what kinds of difficulties young entrepreneurs like us experience and to suggest the ways for the U.S. government or enterprises such as Google to help. Then, he listened to what we were saying attentively. Even though the conversation lasted for only a short period of time, I came to have a firm conviction through the conversation and his feedback that I am doing a worthwhile job and it will benefit people. I believe that the opportunity to converse with President Obama will serve as an important driving force for my company’s future growth.  

 

Q. Please introduce HeartiSense in detail.
A. CPR manikins that are currently in wide use leave much to be desired because it cannot provide accurate feedback to trainees while CPR training is conducted.  Some manikins offering feedback are being used on a limited basis because they are quite expensive. 'HartiSense' consists of apps and a sensor kit that can be attached to the existing, low-priced manikins. While training is underway, the device can assess whether such behaviors as chest compressions and artificial ventilation are conducted accurately. The kit, a hardware designed taking account of various human body shapes, can be installed under the skin of a manikin without causing foreign body sensation. It measures such parameters as the speed, location and depth of chest compression, relaxation ratio and ventilation volume, and transfers the data to the HeartiSense app. The app which allows trainees to download is software which enables repeated personal training, scenario-based training, several-for-one training and assessment according to specific training situations. The data measured by the HeartiSense app are transmitted to the HeartiSense Learning Management Server (LMS) for sustained management, or to create a better CPR training environment.
 

Q. What do you think are the reasons for President Obama to describe HeartiSense as being "creative"?
A. I think that that is because HeartiSense is a new convergence product combining hardware and software in the emergency medical training equipment market, which is far behind the times. So far, the development of medical training equipment has mainly focused on the hardware sector. That means priority has been placed on accuracy rather than user convenience and experience. In the case of simulation manikins, feedback is provided by the manikin itself by moving the pupil or chest, or by providing a pulse. This may impose restrictions on simulation, and the equipment is inevitably expensive as well. 
We have focused on developing a sensing device that can measure behaviors of the user to provide feedback the user requires. Making use of the data, we are providing diverse feedback. In particular, we are able to provide high-quality training effectively, making use of low-priced manikins, as well as enabling a greater variety of simulations (including projection-based augmented reality simulator, VR headset linked simulators, etc.) The reason why President Obama described HeartiSense as creative is because we have strived to realize the value of saving more human lives by providing a training service focused on user experience, which is different from the existing platforms.  

 

Student Startup’s Life-Saving Technology Introduced to President Obama 이미지2  

 

Q. How did you come to attend the 216 Global Entrepreneurship Summit?
A. Google Campus Seoul has recommended my team. Back in 2013, we were chosen as a "Korean top 5 Startup" in "Global K Startup" and won a Google special award. Subsequently, we were invited to a conversation with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt as one of the teams representing Korea. While organizing the GES 2016, the White House, the host of this year's event, selected four startups including I.M. LAB among the teams from around the world. There was great pressure because the selection was made with short notice. Nevertheless, having a conversation with President Obama was an immensely great honor for me; and, we were particularly thrilled to have the opportunity to get feedback from President Obama for our product because the United States is expected to be the largest market of our product.

 

Q. Could you explain more about your company, I.M.LAB?  
A. I.M.LAB, which started R&D in 2013, was officially incorporated in January 2014 by a group of graduates and PhD students at KAIST. Our 13 founding members are drawn from various fields of study, and include an augmented reality expert, software engineer, hardware engineer, and designer. I.M.LAB is dedicated to developing healthcare products to achieve our mission to save human lives and make the world a better place. Our first brainchild is Heartisense, a sensing device and app for CPR training. Commercialization is currently underway for a projection-based simulator for CPR training that makes participants feel the same magnitude of emergency and immersion, and CPR training equipment and a linked application for children.   

 

Q. What advice would you like to give to students who are interested in launching a startup? 
A. In launching a startup, I believe it is very important to have a team. I have started a business with my classmates who studied with me at KAIST. It is not surprising that starting a company requires a wide range of expertise, and brings a lot of challenges. It is really hard to do all these things alone. If you have trustworthy teammates who can complement each other's capabilities and pull off something together, you will be able to grow a little faster and get desired results.   

 

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