[FW Radar] Sensome, the connected guide for stroke patients

by bold-lichterman

Sensome was founded by Franz Bozsak and Abdul Barakat. They met in the US while studying aerospace engineering at Franz. Then Abdul became Franz’s thesis director on a subject in biomedical engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique. Sensome is the first connected guide for stroke patients.

More details with Franz Bozsak, co-founder of Sensome :

FrenchWeb: What needs does your service meet?

Every 7 seconds, a person dies or becomes disabled from a stroke caused by a blocked artery in the brain by a blood clot.What is your value proposition?

We have developed a probe with the sensors, which will be able to characterize the clot to help the doctor immediately determine the optimal method between the two devices. A simple measurement of an electric current coupled with machine learning algorithms allows our sensor to determine the nature of the clot. The same probe, but without sensors, is already used today during the operation to remove the clot. We therefore provide additional information without changing the habits of this intervention.

Who are the users of your solutions?

Today, interventional neuroradiologists are specialists in this mechanical thrombectomy procedure. It is a gesture that requires great dexterity: imagine navigating a three-dimensional labyrinth, whose walls are soft, with a wire!What is your development plan?

The Smart Neurovascular Guide is just the start of Sensome development. Our unique sensors have the potential to improve treatments in many areas. We will then develop neurovascular implants, guides for vascular exploration other than neurovascular, and innovative devices to identify cancerous tissue: a whole range of products will be developed. Stable growth for the company will accompany this development, and we plan to open an international subsidiary within 5 years.

What are your challenges?

We are currently in the preparatory phases for the first use of our device in humans. For any startup in the medical device field, this is an absolutely key step, as it crowns the team’s ability to deliver a useful and safe product. We look forward to this milestone! At the same time, we bring together all the elements necessary for filing a marketing authorization application in Europe. Obtaining CE marking is the second key issue, because it paves the way for marketing.

Who are your competitors?

Since the creation of Sensome, we have not identified a competitor. We are on constant watch, but the few players and the ease with which our patents are accepted reinforce the silence of our radars to compete!

Who is the entrepreneur who inspires you? Why ?

Certainly Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, and other public figures are immensely inspiring. But on a daily basis, the people who impact me the most are my mentors: Gonzague Issenman, Sacha Loiseau, Eric Le Royer, Florian Reinaud: veteran entrepreneurs in the Medtech field who support me and enlighten my every step. Sensome and I owe them a lot.

The 5 applications that are essential for you and why:

Microsoft Office 365 with Teams!

The 5 tech events you absolutely must attend and why:

Hello Tomorrow, the deep tech event

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Feetme, Alexis and his team will revolutionize the lives of diabetics!

Key data:

  • Founders: Franz Bozsak and Abdul Barakat
  • Creation date : April 11, 2014
  • Fundraising : In total we have raised almost 5 million Euros from business angels and a syndicate of VC, Kurma Diagnostics, Paris-Saclay Seed Fund and IDInvest.

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FW Radar Sensome the connected guide for stroke patients