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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 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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