Interview with the CEO of Geckocap

The following is an interview that Yechiel Engelhard, Geckocap’s founder, gave a few days ago. Check it out!

Tell us about your start-up? How did you come up with the name for your company?

Our product is called GeckoCap. We really love the name because we think it tells our story well.  GeckoCap is a versatile smart sensor fitted in a small colored cap that can help children gain more control over their asthma. So on the one hand, it is a cap; just like the name implies. On the other hand, it has something fun associated with it. The Gecko. Yup. We (and the first kids that helped us build it) really like Geckos. What can I say!

GeckoCap is a combination of a smartphone / web application and an external sensor that is easily added to asthma inhalers. This makes it simpler for children to adhere to their inhalers and helps with asthma management. GeckoCap uses a multifaceted approach by combining different behaviour change mechanisms, such as a gamification system, progress updates, and rewards. Parents and physicians are always kept in the loop. They are offered a rich platform with information that is useful and easy to digest, and they are even part of the game.

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MedCrunch covers GeckoCap’s vision to “Make Pediatric Asthma Therapy Fun”

Ido Weinberg, a Harvard Med instructor and a vascular medicine fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, wrote a recent article on MedCrunch that described GeckoCap as a way to improve the management of asthma in children.

“Asthma is a controllable disease, yet millions of children are hospitalized every year. Leading the trend towards self-management, GeckoCap, a unique, mobile-connected product created by a physician and engineer from MIT , presented last week at the International consumer Electronics Show in Las-Vegas.This Cambridge, MA based start-up company, follows the approach of empowering patients, especially children. The idea is to have children feel they are playing a game while they are actually being treated better.”

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