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Bisu, a Japanese healthcare firm, has raised $3.2 million in a seed round to fund the launch of its lab-on-a-chip device.

According to a McKinsey research, telehealth use has exploded during the epidemic, with usage rising 38-fold since January 2020. While most of the focus has been on businesses that are developing the communications layer between consumers and doctors, a new generation of startups is developing devices to broaden what may be observed and treated in a telehealth setting.

Bisu, a Tokyo-based healthcare business that has developed a lab-grade testing equipment that can be used at home for diagnostics that translate into meaningful health data, has received $3.2 million in one of the most recent developments. The seed investment will be used to build a mobile home health lab, according to the company.

QUAD led the newest round of investment, which included ASICS Ventures Corporation, 15th Rock Ventures, Pacifico Investments, and SOSV. ASICS, the world’s largest athletic shoe company, is a strategic investor and aims to partner with Bisu on health and fitness related projects. Bisu is in talks with firms in the fitness, pet care, and bathroom industries for new collaborations, according to co-founder and CEO Daniel Maggs.

Bisu was created in 2015 and began operations in 2017 after participating in the HAX accelerator programme.

The Bisu Body Coach system is based on disposable test sticks and a reader that connects to a smartphone app. Using microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” technology, the disposable test sticks allow users to assess a variety of biomarkers in only two minutes.

The microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” technique eliminates the measurement timing issue of traditional test strips by combining spectrometry with real-time end-to-end measurement. It also manipulates a sample inside a small channel, such as blood, urine, saliva, or sweat, to execute a chemical or biological activity.

When asked how it differs from other lab-on-a-chip rivals, Bisu said that it focuses on simultaneous testing of various biomarkers, allowing users to understand and make beneficial changes to their diet and lifestyle without having to see a doctor. Others identify particular biomarkers of high importance, such as COVID-19 and influenza, which may prompt the user to seek medical care.

Bisu’s app gives information on hydration, minerals, vitamins, pH, uric acid, and ketones, among other nutrition indicators. Bisu Body Coach makes tailored suggestions based on users’ objectives, preferences, exercise, sleep, and weight. Bisu intends to add zinc to the mix.

Bisu will prove to be a market leader in the healthcare industry soon. It is using new technology to evolve its business and will emerge victorious.

Shishir Gupta, Founder and CEO, StartupLanes

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