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Shade

Shade is a biotechnology company enabling the 1.5 million lupus patients in the U.S. to live a normal life.

As prevalent in the U.S. as type 1 diabetes, lupus is a severe and debilitating autoimmune disease with symptoms triggered by ultraviolet (UV) exposure.

Shade is a small and elegant device that attaches to the outside of a patient’s clothing and measures UV radiation with an accuracy previously accessible only with expensive, cumbersome, laboratory-class equipment.

By monitoring exposure through a mobile application, patients using Shade can prevent symptoms before they arise and venture back outdoors with confidence. Spun out of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Shade is partnering with Weill-Cornell University for clinical trials this year. Shade will later expand to patients suffering from skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S.

Shade-Founder

ABOUT THE TEAM
Shade was first conceived by Emmanuel Dumont while working on his postdoctoral research at Cornell University. He later met Shayak Banerjee, a software developer and data scientist, and Mauricio Contreras, the founder of a safety device company.

The three combined their deep experience in data science, product development, and medicine to spin Shade out of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in 2014 with the mission of helping patients that experience severe photosensitivity live a normal life again.

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