Wellness and health firm Lumen introduced Thursday that it goals to carry its metabolism monitoring platform to extra customers within the U.S. and globally after raking in $62 million in Series B funding.
The Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup was based in 2014 by twin sisters Michal and Merav Mor after they have been coaching for the Ironman, a triathlon consisting of swimming, biking and operating. They created a peer-reviewed handheld machine that measures customers’ metabolism by breath and connects to an app that helps observe objectives and offers diet teaching. The product is bought on to customers by the corporate’s web site.
“Lumen understands the influence of every particular person’s diet, train, sleep, and stress on their metabolism by merely respiratory into the machine,” Michal Mor, co-founder and head of science for product for Lumen, wrote in an e-mail. “Up till now, this was a course of that was solely accessible in hospitals or clinics and consisted of a 45-minute lab check.”
Users breath into the machine every morning, which measures CO2 to find out the physique’s supply for vitality that day: fat or carbs. It offers a rating from one to 5, with one that means the consumer is nearly solely burning fats and 5 that means the consumer is nearly solely burning carbs. Lumen will then give a suggestion for the consumer’s meals consumption, which may very well be a low-carb day, a high-carb day or someplace in between.
With the financing, Lumen hopes to achieve extra customers, develop its customized diet and way of life teaching companies and acquire extra analysis partnerships with educational establishments. In the previous yr, the corporate has performed a number of research with universities, together with Purdue University’s Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research, University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and ARU Cambridge, Mor stated.
Additionally, an October research accomplished with Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center discovered that 12-week prediabetic Lumen customers lowered their Hb1c ranges, and achieved a mean weight lack of 13 kilos and a 3% physique fats discount.
Lumen gives three pricing choices for its product: $249 for six months, $399 for 12 months or $699 for 12 months with customized help from nutritionists.
There’s a necessity for the corporate’s companies. The metabolic well being disaster is accountable for $464 billion in annual healthcare prices and impacts eight out of 10 American adults, in line with ScienceDaily.
“Our objective has all the time been to make metabolism measurement accessible to international communities as a result of it’s the start line to unlock your well being and forestall main sicknesses,” Mor stated. “Lumen’s tracker helps customers to enhance their metabolic well being, by optimizing diet, sleep, health regimes and extra. Taking particular well being circumstances under consideration, like menopause and diabetes, helps us goal our prime metabolic well being.”
Lumen is the one firm measuring metabolism by breath with a handheld machine, Mor declared. However, for individuals recognized with a metabolic illness like diabetes, corporations akin to Dexcom, Medtronic and Abbott supply steady glucose monitoring gadgets accessible by prescription.