The Innovation Hub entrepreneur launches online diabetes service on Apple App store to aid diabetic patients


The Innovation Hub, an innovation agency of the Gauteng Province, rally around MPower Digital Health, an entrepreneur incubated at The Innovation Hub’s BioPark@Gauteng business incubator as they launch their online diabetes management service, Empower Diabetes, on the Apple App Store. Empower Diabetes, an innovative online diabetes management service, is convenient and affordable for people with Type 2 diabetes and is currently available for download on the Apple App Store for free and a premium service is available for R149/month.

Diabetes is a serious public health concern in South Africa with more than 3 million people estimated to be suffering from the illness. An even more concerning statistic is that about 70% of people diagnosed and treated for diabetes are unable to achieve their recommended health targets of blood sugar control. Uncontrolled blood sugar can cause serious complications such as impaired kidney function, foot complications, glaucoma and increased risk of cardiovascular problems. Empower Diabetes has been designed to help patients improve their control through the use of a specially designed mobile application and a personal diabetes coach that has regular contact with patients over messaging to provide guidance and motivation.

The BioPark business incubator provides business development support to start-ups in the health, agriculture and industrial biotechnology sectors. The support is provided in collaboration with Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) and eGoliBio Life Sciences Incubator. Since its incubation at the BioPark business incubator in February 2016, mPower Digital Health has benefited from business and technical mentorship, business training, IP advisory as well as financial and commercialisation support.

“mPower Digital Health is one of many success stories to come from The Innovation Hub’s BioPark business incubator. We are truly proud of their achievements and trust that the service will benefit diabetes patients across South Africa and beyond.” – Ms Anéa Burke, BioPark Business Development Manager, The Innovation Hub.

About mPower

mPower Digital Health is a newly established South African company aimed at improving the lives of chronic disease patients. They are a small team of scientists, product developers and diabetes specialists committed to providing social impact using technology to solve public health challenges.

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Call: Dr Alykhan Vira on 0838059600

About GGDA
The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), is an agency of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED).GGDA is the implementation arm of the GDED and assists the department in leading, facilitating and managing sustainable job creation and inclusive economic growth and development in the Gauteng City Region.

About The Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub, a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) is the innovation agency of the Gauteng province and is responsible for managing Africa’s first internationally accredited Science and Technology Park of the same name, and is a full member of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP). Strategically located in Tshwane, South Africa’s executive capital in the ‘smart’ province of Gauteng, The Innovation Hub implements initiatives identified in the Gauteng Innovation Strategy and Green Economy strategy to advance the economic development and growth of the Province through innovation. The Innovation Hub has created unique spaces, in Tshwane and the rest of the Gauteng province, for high-tech entrepreneurs, world-class businesses, academics, researchers and venture capitalists to meet, network and prosper.
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