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Three-Minute Demo: A Wirelessly-Connected Device that Reminds You to Take Your Meds

Posted by Scott Kirsner  August 31, 2009 11:02 AM

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Yesterday's Globe column focused on MedMinder Systems, one of a handful of local companies that's marketing a new device to remind consumers to take their medications. (Today, MedMinder announced that Harvard Pilgrim is testing the technology with some of its members.)

CEO Eran Shavelsky demos the MedMinder pill organizer in the video below.

What struck me most about the company was how many well-connected people Shavelsky has gotten involved over MedMinder's three years of existence. In the column, I focus on Lifeline founder Andy Dibner's involvement (Dibner has been helping Shavelsky get meetings with various insurers and health care companies.) But Shavelsky has also been getting assists from Mona Eliassen, founder of a local recruiting firm and MedMinder's largest investor; MIT mechanical engineering guru Woodie Flowers; and Marina Hatsopoulos, founder and former CEO of Z Corp., the pioneering 3-D printer company. Hatsopoulos told me last week that her dad, Thermo Electron founder George Hatsopoulos, has been happily using the MedMinder device at home for the past few months.

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