Below is our recent interview with Chris Peng, CEO at Labfront:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?
A: Labfront is a global technology startup specializing in health data analytics. It is currently disrupting academic health research through its code-free digital biomarker collection and analytics platform. With the recent explosion of sensors in the scientific community, Labfront is helping health researchers process the overwhelming amount of complex data and transition to the data-rich future. Through its software platform, Labfront enables researchers to utilize real-world data through wearable and IoT devices while automating the data collection workflow at the same time. Finally, Labfront’s built-in visualization and analytics engine helps researchers gain the power of the latest technologies, such as machine learning, without writing a single line of code.
Now health researchers can focus less on the time-consuming logistics surrounding data collection, and more on what matters most- unearthing groundbreaking discoveries that help move humanity forward.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: While Labfront is a device-agnostic platform always looking to integrate new wearable sensors to our system, this new collaboration with Garmin is very exciting for us for a number of reasons! Firstly, as a global wearable technology leader, Garmin has an established reputation in the scientific community and broad acceptance of its devices as reliable physiological data collection tools. Unlike many wearables in the health research sector, Garmin devices are also extremely user-friendly and affordable. This allows for researchers of all backgrounds to collect valuable biomarker data, aligning perfectly with Labfront’s core mission of increasing accessibility to health research.
Finally and most importantly, under the collaboration, Labfront gains the ability to configure Garmin devices using the Garmin Health SDKs to increase the sensor resolution, allowing researchers to capture higher-resolution data than normally collected by Garmin. This means using Labfront can turn a standard Garmin device into an even more powerful data collection tool, capturing measurements like the time between individual heartbeats. Known as beat-to-beat or interbeat interval, the granularity of this data allows for researchers to effectively derive metrics like heart rate variability.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?
A: Absolutely! Traditionally, conducting health research has often required researchers and study participants meeting in person to collect snapshots of data from the participants in a sanitized lab environment. Many scientists in the sector have realized the limitations of this process, and the concept of ‘real-world data capture’ has grown increasingly popular in recent years.
Now with Labfront’s cloud-based technology, researchers can conduct studies completely remotely, reducing participant burden, and allowing researchers to collect both physiological biomarker data (e.g. sleep, heart rate variability, etc.) as well as survey data from participants in their natural environments. The combination of both subjective survey data with objective physiological data in one centralized platform allows researchers to obtain a more complete, holistic picture of their participants’ experience.
Q: What can we expect from your company in the next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: Since our launch in 2021, we’ve been fortunate to work very closely with some of the best scientists in health research (at institutions like Stanford, MIT, and Harvard) and this has given us great insights on how we can make our platform even better. We’ve been listening to the feedback and are excited to be launching Labfront 2 in Q3, completely rebuilt from the bottom up to become the all-in-one data capture and analytics solution for research studies.
We also know the importance of choice for our researchers, so have been hard at work enabling new hardware solutions into the Labfront ecosystem. New devices include more options for smartwatches, as well as continuous glucose monitoring, EEG, and more.
We’ve also partnered with Garmin to take Labfront global. With initial traction in the US and Canada, we will be expanding into Europe by the end of the year.
Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: Our team is driven by our unwavering mission to make the world a healthier place. We believe that the future of health will be unlocked through better science and personalization via digital biomarkers, so we focused our initial product offering to make an impact in this market.
That vision has helped us build a unique team at Labfront. Many people don’t know this, but Labfront’s core members were the second place winners of the 2016 Tricorder XPRIZE competition (team Dynamical Biomarker Group), a team made up of researchers and doctors from Harvard Medical School; and Labfront’s founders got their start creating impact in Ethiopia by building the country’s first ever ambulance system.Activate Social Media: