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U of T biotech entrepreneur named to MIT’s Innovators Under 35 list

David He

University of Toronto engineering alumnus David He, finds himself in good company: MIT Technology Review has named him to its list of Innovators Under 35. It’s a title he  shares with past honourees such as Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) and Jonathan Ive (designer of the iPod and iPad), to name a few. His startup, Quanttus, is described by the MIT Technology Review as a “watch-like gadget” that “gives a more direct view of the heart’s mechanical performance than an ECG can, capturing the strength and timing of a person’s heartbeats.”

“This could be the first time that we have gained access to an unprecedented amount of continuous vital signs data in real-life settings. These data may lead to new discoveries about our heart and how our lifestyles affect our body,” said He. “Our long-term vision is that unforeseen and preventable health events will be a thing of the past.”

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(Source: U of T News | Photo courtesy of David He)