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Patient group CrowdFunds $120,000 for trial to treat black bone disease

Patient group CrowdFunds $120,000 for trial to treat black bone disease

By howardlake, Cambridge, UK, 31 October 2013 – A patient group has used the crowdfunding website Indiegogo to raise $120,000 to launch an international clinical trial to treat black bone disease, the first genetic disease ever discovered. The campaign, called Help Us Cure Black Bone Disease, ran from 1 September to 21 October 2013 and set an initial target of raising $98,000 in six weeks. In the first 11 days post-launch, it had already raised $25,570 – over 25% of its goal. By its end, the figure was higher than $120,000, exceeding the campaign’s goal by 20%. Dr Nicolas Sireau, Chairman of the AKU Society, the…

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Israeli wearable health monitor Angel Heart Monitor crowdfunds on Indiegogo

Israeli wearable health monitor Angel Heart Monitor crowdfunds on Indiegogo

Trust Israelis to transform an ancient religious belief into a bio-medical reality that can be worn around the wrist. The Angel Health Monitor is a biofeedback wristband that senses motion and acceleration, skin temperature, blood oxygen saturation and heart rate. Just like the mythical guardian angel, it monitors your every move to make sure that you are in good health. The health band is synced to a user’s smartphone and laptop via Bluetooth to provide real-time updates on their body’s internal workings. Tel Aviv-based startup Seraphim Sense is behind the Angel monitor, which has been in development for the past two years. CEO Eugene Jorov, who founded the company with…

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Happiness Architecture Beauty: HAB Housing Co. Crowdfunds over £1.5 million on CrowdCube

Happiness Architecture Beauty: HAB Housing Co. Crowdfunds over £1.5 million on CrowdCube

Kevin McLoud’s Hab housing company will close its crowdfunding investment campaign on a high this Sunday after banking more than £1.5 million The cash was raised in only thirteen weeks via crowdfunding website Crowdcube and will now be used to fund the expansion of the business which has a slew of schemes underway including 108 homes in Oxford designed by AHMM. Sums ranging from £100 to £150,000 have been invested by just over 500 individuals who now own around 20 per cent of Hab. Hab project director Simon McWhiter said the majority of the individuals had paid in ‘single digit thousands’ with a handful paying substantially…

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Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with Deposit-A-Gift CEO Dana Ostomel

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Live Interview September 25th, 2013 @ 10 PM London Dana Ostomel is currently the founder and Chief Gifting Officer of the crowdfunding website, Deposit a Gift: the most fun, flexible, hassle-free way to raise money online for anything that matters to you. DepositaGift.com launched in 2010 as a cash gift registry service for people across the globe to communicate that they would prefer cash gifts for all of life’s Big Events. Since then we’ve helped thousands of users raise millions for everything from medical bills and disaster relief, to supporting local charities and schools, to honeymoons, home down payments and anything in between. Dana is a…

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Omate TrueSmart watch beats Kickstarter goal in a day

Omate TrueSmart watch beats Kickstarter goal in a day

As Samsung prepares for its long-anticipated smartwatch launch, New York-based Omate has smashed the funding target for its own TrueSmart wrist-mounted device. Omate Truesmart, a water-resistant smartwatch with a built-in 5-megapixel camera, reached its $100,000 (£63,700) crowdfunding target in less than one day, and has now raised more than double its original goal, with $232,317 (£149,000) pledged and 28 days of the campaign remaining. Most of the smartwatches launched to date have been intended as Bluetooth companion accessories to a smartphone, but TrueSmart claims to be “a new generation of Smartwatch 2.0,” operating both independently from the smartphone, thanks to its 3G capabilities, and as a…

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