NEWS | JAN 12, 2021
ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM: TechLink
Derek Herrera secures patent license agreement with Minneapolis VA
Unlike a mirror, the Habit Camera records what it sees, your skin condition, so you can show the doctors exactly what’s happening remotely using a simple mobile app.
On Monday, USMC veteran and entrepreneur Derek Herrera launched his medical device startup company Habit Camera, offering a purpose-built flexible wand with an integrated digital camera.
The high-def and WiFi connected camera allows users to easily and accurately monitor their health and transmit photos to health care providers.
“It’s a telehealth tool for anyone at risk of chronic wounds, pressure ulcers, foot ulcers, or other skin conditions that need daily monitoring,” Herrera said. “We want to make skin inspection a habit.”
The patented device was invented at the Minneapolis VA by Dr. Gary Goldish and colleagues at the Minneapolis Adaptive Design & Engineering Program.
Through the VA’s Technology Transfer Program, Herrera secured a patent license allowing for commercialization of the technology (pre-orders will begin in February at www.habit.camera).
As part of the patent agreement, which was finalized in June 2020, Herrera will pay a small royalty on sales of the Habit Camera to the VA to support future research and development activity.
“This company is owned by, and works for veterans,” Herrera said. “I couldn’t be happier about our collaboration with Minneapolis VA and the time spent building our partnership has been mutually beneficial.”