The average person takes 20,000 breaths a day. That’s a lot of breaths.
Most of us take breathing for granted. We just...breathe. But for millions of people who suffer from asthma and other respiratory conditions, the simple act of breathing becomes a struggle. A serious asthma attack can stop your breathing completely, land you in the hospital, and even be deadly. Over 60% of people with asthma have what’s known as “uncontrolled asthma”. This means millions of people in the U.S. are at risk for a serious and even life-threatening asthma attack at any time. In fact, 9 people die every day from asthma in the U.S.
Our team has talked with hundreds of asthma sufferers and doctors to learn the challenges they face every day. We’ve heard countless stories of fear, uncertainty, and helplessness from people that are being held back by their asthma symptoms—people who felt like they had no way to prevent asthma attacks or flare-ups that left them struggling to breathe.
The good news is that nearly all asthma attacks, ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths due to asthma are preventable. So how can they be prevented?
Imagine if you are trying to manage your diabetes, but your only guide is when you feel dizzy or about to faint. Luckily, it’s 2016—we have glucose meters. Yet, people are expected to manage their asthma using only how much they feel they are struggling to breathe as their guide. For the millions of asthma sufferers that constantly struggle to breathe easily, it can be very difficult to notice the small changes in your lungs that serve as early warning signs of an asthma attack. This leaves asthma sufferers feeling afraid, uncertain, and helpless.
Spirometers are the gold-standard device for diagnosing and monitoring conditions like asthma. Spirometers measure lung function. Lung function can be used to detect early warning signs and prevent asthma attacks, but spirometers have only been available for hospitals and specialty offices because of high-cost, complexity, and size.
We think it’s time for something different.
Sparo Labs was founded by Andrew Brimer and Abby Cohen while they were at Washington University in St. Louis. After speaking with people who suffer from asthma and shadowing physicians, Andrew and Abby were staggered by the unseen impact that asthma has on families and communities. In 2012, they founded Sparo Labs to transform respiratory care.
Since 2012, Sparo Labs has grown into a team of software developers, mechanical engineers, designers, and regulatory experts that are dedicated to helping you breathe. Our team has the expertise and drive to create beautiful, life-changing products. We have turned to asthma sufferers and world-renowned physicians to help us understand the challenges they face everyday. This inspired us to develop a fundamentally new technology for measuring lung function. This technology serves as the foundation of our flagship product, Wing. We have built and tested dozens of prototypes, constantly iterating Wing to create an experience that makes managing asthma simple.
Sparo Labs is looking for more team members who are committed to helping people breathe.
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