OXFORD, England & PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rockley Photonics Holdings Limited (NYSE: RKLY) (“the Company” or “Rockley”), a global leader in photonics-based health monitoring and communications solutions, today announced that it has agreed to enter a development partnership with Medtronic, a global leader in healthcare technology. The two companies plan to collaborate to bring Rockley’s recently announced Bioptx™ biomarker sensing platform into Medtronic’s solutions for use across various healthcare settings.
Rockley’s biosensing technology is expected to expand the capabilities of wearable medtech devices by miniaturizing the measurement and analysis of a range of biomarkers into a compact form factor. These advances mean that a single wearable device could monitor multiple crucial biomarkers – including core body temperature, blood pressure, body hydration, alcohol, lactate, and glucose trends, among others. The Bioptx platform offers an end-to-end sensing solution that integrates cloud analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to potentially deliver a holistic assessment of a variety of conditions.
The partnership with Medtronic builds on the societal shift from reactive to proactive healthcare by potentially enabling round-the-clock, real-time, non-invasive monitoring of a person’s health and well-being, thereby empowering clinicians to personalize care with actionable data.
Dr. Andrew Rickman, chairman and chief executive officer of Rockley, said, “This partnership combines Medtronic’s exceptional strength in providing in-patient care with Rockley’s expertise in wearable, remote monitoring. I believe that this collaboration will bring to life our vision of giving people better insights into their health and well-being. We are excited about the potential for this partnership to herald the next generation of wearable devices and deliver a complete lifecycle of patient care.”
More information about Rockley’s digital health monitoring solution is available here: https://rockleyphotonics.com/healthcare-sensing.
About Rockley Photonics
A global leader in photonics-based health monitoring and communications solutions, Rockley Photonics is developing a comprehensive range of photonic integrated circuits and associated modules, sensors, and full-stack solutions. From next-generation sensing platforms specifically designed for mobile health monitoring and machine vision to high-speed, high-volume solutions for data communications, Rockley is laying the foundation for a new generation of applications across multiple industries. Rockley believes that photonics will eventually become as pervasive as micro-electronics, and it has developed a platform with the power and flexibility needed to address both mass markets and a wide variety of vertical applications.
Formed in 2013, Rockley is uniquely positioned to support hyper-scale manufacturing and address a multitude of high-volume markets. Rockley has partnered with numerous tier-1 customers across a diverse range of industries to deliver the complex optical systems required to bring transformational products to market.
To learn more about Rockley, visit rockleyphotonics.com.
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