Partners

By working with trusted licensees, technology partners and investors, Valencell helps consumers connect with their health and fitness through PerformTek®-powered earbuds, arm bands and wrist devices. 

Licensees

 ATLAS Wearables  

Atlas Wearables 
Atlas Wearables is an Austin-based data analytics company and the developer of the most scientifically advanced fitness monitor designed to improve indoor and outdoor training. In 2014, Atlas launched the Motion Genome Project as the foundation of an even larger effort to turn data into applied knowledge. Through the Motion Genome Project, Atlas classifies and analyzes millions of routine movements as the basis of future product releases. With a better understanding of movement patterns, Atlas aspires to influence human behavior in ways that improve quality of life through fitness intelligence and smarter living.

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Jabra®
Jabra is a global producer of innovative headset and speakerphone solutions.
Jabra Sport Pulse™ Wireless Earbuds are the next generation all-in-one training solution with integrated heart rate monitor. Combines an in-ear precision heart rate monitor, immersive Dolby® sound, and real-time voice coaching that will inspire you to achieve the impossible.  Powered by Valencell® precision biometrics. http://www.jabra.com/products/bluetooth/jabra_sport_pulse_wireless/jabra_sport_pulse_wireless

SMS Audio  

SMS Audio
With 50 Cent as majority owner of the brand, SMS Audio (Studio Mastered Sound) allows you to experience the power of music on your own terms. These devices provide you with an escape into the lush work of professionally tuned, acoustically perfect music… Anywhere, anytime and any way you want to hear it. Biosport Wired Earbuds combine studio mastered sound with best-in-class fitness monitoring biometric technology from Valencell. The results will keep your heart racing, and measure every beat.  http://smsaudio.com/products/biosport-in-ear-wired-with-heart-monitor

 

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iriver, ltd.
Valencell has licensed its PerformTek sensor technology for their iriver ON smart exercise headset.  iriver Ltd. Is the global IT device powerhouse.  Since its founding in 1999 iriver has become renowned for its product innovation, style-driven technology and track record of market dominance.  The company’s ever expanding digital product lines include:  Multimedia Devices (MP3, MP4, PMP, DMB), Network Devices (Home Media Centre, Wi-Fi Network, Navigation Products) and Content Devices (E-Dictionary, E-Book).  For more information on iriver, please visit www.iriverinc.com

 

 

Scosche Industries
Powered by PerformTek sensor technology, Scosche announced its RHYTHM SMART+ heart rate monitoring armband at CES 2014.  Founded in 1980, Scosche Industries is an award-winning innovator of consumer technology and car audio installation hardware - committed to delivering quality, value and unmatched customer service. Scosche finds inspiration in the local Californian lifestyle, culture, music and people. The designers and engineers at Scosche develop products that reflect a rich heritage in audio. These influences can be seen in the accessories and products that are now in the hands and vehicles of people stretched all across the globe. With over 95 patents and countless industry awards it is easy to see why Scosche is consistently at the forefront of technology and innovation. http://www.scosche.com

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LG Electronics, Inc. 
Announced at CES 2014, LG has licensed PerformTek Precision Biometrics technology to LG Electronics for a new LG Bluetooth heart rate monitoring earphone that will track fitness biometrics.  LG Electronics, Inc. is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 87,000 people working in 113 locations around the world. With 2012 global sales of USD 45.22 billion, LG comprises five business units — Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning & Energy Solutions and Vehicle Components — and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LG.com

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Intel, Inc.
Intel has developed a reference design for smart earbuds that provide biometric and fitness information to your smartphone and are powered by your smartphone's audio jack.   This reference design was demonstrated at CES 2014 keynote by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. Krzanich showcased the reference design, Powered by PerformTek, that enables traditional wired earbuds the ability to measure multiple biometrics, such as heart rate, calories burned, VO2 max, and more.  The product is aimed at fitness enthusiasts and is unique for being built into an accessory that many people already wear when they exercise -- stereo earbuds.  Intel’s smart earbuds use technology developed in collaboration with Valencell Inc., innovators of PerformTek® Precision Biometrics.


Technology and Clinical Partners

Campbell University  

Campbell University
Valencell has ongoing collaborations with Dr. Jennifer Bunn, PhD, an Assistant Professor at Campbell University in the Department of Exercise Science and Director of the laboratory.  Bunn came to Campbell after completing a postdoctoral research appointment at Baylor University in the Mind Body Medicine Research Laboratory.

NCRC  

North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC)
Valencell's key collaborator at NCRC is Dr. David Nieman, PhD, a professor of health and exercise science at Appalachian State University, and director of the Human Performance Labs at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. Dr. Nieman is a pioneer in the research area of exercise immunology and helped establish that regular moderate exercise lowers upper respiratory tract infection rates while improving immunosurveillance, and that heavy exertion increases infection rates while causing immune dysfunction. His current research is focused on nutritional countermeasures to exercise-induced immune dysfunction. Dr. Nieman has received $5.0 million in research grants and published more than 260 peer-reviewed publications in journals and books, and sits on nine journal editorial boards. He is the author of nine books on health, exercise physiology, and nutrition, including Exercise Testing and Prescription: A Health-Related Approach (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010, now in its 7th edition). Dr. Nieman has served two terms as president of the International Society of Exercise and Immunology, and is currently Vice-President of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has run 58 marathons and ultramarathons, and was an acrobatic gymnast and coach for 10 years.

   

Human Performance Laboratory
Valencell works with The Human Performance Laboratory to conduct internal validation and reliability trials of developing technology. Trials include testing the validation and reliability of heart rate, oxygen consumption, calorie utilization, speed, and distance during exercise using Valencell’s PerformTek® sensor technology and operating system. The Human Performance Laboratory also coordinates external clinical trials with researchers at academic institutions for external validation.

   

N.C. State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Valencell has been granted an NSF Phase 2 STTR Award for developing a mobile, wearable, noninvasive blood analyte sensor that can be worn throughout everyday life activities. As part of this STTR Program, Valencell will be working with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University to generate multiwavelength emitters. Valencell will generate and validate mobile, wearable sensor modules integrating these multiwavelength emitters.

   

Duke Center for Living
In Spring 2008, Valencell was one of 6 recipients of the NC IDEA award. Valencell used these funds to complete preliminary validation testing of proprietary PerformTek® sensor technology at the Duke Center for Living. This relationship with Duke medical researchers has grown over the years, and Valencell completed further clinical validation testing in 2010. This partnership resulted in Valencell being awarded a NIH SBIR Phase II grant to clinically validate a scalable and seamless energy expenditure monitoring platform for accurately measuring caloric consumption and expenditure in mass markets. Using cutting edge energy expenditure methods including doubly labeled water, indirect calorimetry at both rest and exercise the scientific team is working to provide a meaningful and useful energy balance metric via Valencell technology. 

ACSM - Leading the way

 

 

Meir Magal, Ph.D., CSCS, CES, Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
Dr. Magal completed validation research and presented the research titled Validity and Reliability of an Audio Headset Earbud Sensor for Heart Rate Measurements During Exercise presented at the American College of Sports Medicine http://www.acsm.org/ annual meeting in San Francisco, June 2012.


Investors

   

Best Buy Capital
In 2011, Valencell received $5.5 million in a Series B venture investment led by Best Buy Capital. Best Buy Capital was launched by Best Buy Co., Inc. to serve as a corporate venture-capital arm for emerging technologies. Best Buy Capital focuses the Core Fund and the Alpha Fund. The Core fund focuses on investment opportunities for existing business units. Alpha makes direct investments in early-stage companies, such as Valencell, that are developing emerging technologies or inventions unavailable to the marketplace.

   

TDF
TDF is a Washington DC based venture capital fund focused on the communications sector. They partner with talented entrepreneurs and seek to build competitive and innovative technology and services companies. TDF’s focus is driven by investment themes that share several qualities: large and important problems in communications, an ability to add value through management's investing and operational experience, and the Fund's location and relationships in Washington DC.

   

True Ventures
True Ventures is the premiere early stage venture capital firm. They invest in the best people who are creating companies in proven high growth sectors of the high tech industry. Since inception in 2006, True Ventures has provided visionary Founders with a trusted, seasoned partner, and they actively facilitate a powerful community to help foster growth and innovation.

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