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

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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. 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.

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Blaupunkt Personal Audio, LLC
Valencell and Blaupunkt Personal Audio announced their licensing agreement to bring Bluetooth headset powered by PerformTek to the market in 2014.  The legendary German brand Blaupunkt is over 75 years old and is best known for manufacturing high performance audio products. Trademarked in over 150 countries Blaupunkt represents quality, innovation and focuses on the consumer audio experience. The brand’s iconic origin dates back to the 1920s with its quality symbol, the blue point, which was used as the seal of approval within the original quality control process. Notably some of the first products to be produced in the personal audio category were headphones.


Technology and Clinical Partners

   

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 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.

 For more information about collaborating with Valencell, please contact info@valencell.com.