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Medella Health is an International Runner-Up for the James Dyson Award

Diabetes is a disease that impacts 400 million people around the world, and Medella Health is working on a product that can help. Today, the company received a strong show of support, and $8,000 CAD in funding, as an International Runner-up for the James Dyson Award. Their smart contact lens allows users to continuously, and non-invasively, monitor blood sugar levels through a smartphone, allowing you to better manage your health.

Medella Health was one of 20 global companies competing for top honours, having already been shortlisted for the $60,000 award, and won Canada’s national round of competition in September (along with Velocity’s Penta Medical, and Arylla). The prestigious design award celebrates, encourages, and inspires young design engineers, and is given to a team that can solve a global problem.

Harry Gandhi, Medella Health’s Co-founder and CEO, started the company in early 2013 with Co-founders Maarij Baig and Huayi Gao, as students at the University of Waterloo, and it has since grown to a team of nearly 20 experts in nanotechnology, health IT, and micro-electronics. The company was one of the first companies to participate in Velocity Science, and now works out of the Velocity Garage startup incubator. The team announced a $1.4 million round of investment in June of this year.

This marks an incredible three-year streak, where Velocity companies have either won the James Dyson Award or been a runner-up. Voltera won the top prize last year for their innovative circuit board printer, the first Canadian company to do so, and Suncayr was a runner-up for its nano-technology based product that lets users know when to re-apply sunscreen to avoid a sunburn.