Health Data Science (HDS) master’s students Amber Nigam, SM ’23 and Jie Sun, SM ’22, were recently profiled in an HSPH featured news article after joining forces to found a tech startup to help people manage their diabetes. The startup, created with support from a Spark grant from Harvard Innovation Labs, is called basys.ai, and has led to the creation of an easy-to-use app. The app helps patients monitor their blood glucose levels, diet, and activities and provides personalized recommendations through the persona of a digital avatar, who translates the data into meaningful goals. The two entrepreneurs connected in April 2020 via a Slack group for students in the HDS program and were supported in their endeavors by program co-director, Heather Mattie, who is currently serving on basys.ai’s advisory board. “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Amber and Jie,” Mattie said. “They are two of the most driven students who embody the collaborative spirit of our community and our commitment to making health care more accessible to all. They are leveraging the power of data, data science, and a diverse set of expertise to improve the chronic disease management journey for patients and their support systems.” For more on the app and its promise for managing diabetes and other chronic diseases, check out the article here.
Department of Biostatistics