FDA Approves Startup for Parkinson’s Monitoring Technology on Apple Watch

Startup company Rune Labs recently received the green light to monitor the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in patients with Apple’s smartwatch.

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Rune Labs is based in San Francisco and works primarily in neuro and brain therapies. The company’s software platform uses built-in sensors to monitor for tremors and other signature symptoms in Parkinson’s patients.

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized Rune Labs to use data collected from the wearable along with other sources to track brain signals.

In addition to the Apple Watch, there are other tools that Rune Labs will use, ultimately giving doctors a more accurate picture of a patient’s symptoms. Apple has tried to do something similar in the past, with the most recent developing a patent application for advanced technology to diagnose or treat the disease.

Brian Pepin, CEO of Rune Labs, said Apple was quick to join the collaborative effort and accepted the offer within minutes.

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