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Marc E. Rippen | President & Founder | Alertgy

Alertgy: Monitoring Blood Glucose in the Convenience of a Wrist Band

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic dieses that often leads to thousands of deaths each year around the globe. It occurs, when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. The number of people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. Also, between 2000 and 2016, there was a 5 percent increase in mortality rate due to diabetes. Additionally, half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years. So, with the intent of revolutionizing the way you manage your Type 2 diabetes enters Alertgy. The Alertgy NICGM is a band that its users wear around their wrists that works with an app on the users’ smartphone to measure blood sugar.
In an interview with InsightsSuccess the President and Founder of Alertgy Marc E. Rippen has shared key insights of how the organization is planning to revolutionize the way people measure their blood sugar level.
Below are the highlights of the interview;
What led to an inception of the company? 
Alertgy was founded in 2016 after my wife Sue had a low blood sugar attack and was found nearly unresponsive. After this scary situation, I knew I had to do something to find a solution to this problem so many people today face; accurately monitoring blood sugar and alerting loved ones if you have a low or high blood sugar levels. Since then Alertgy has been focused on providing real-time blood sugar measurements to the millions of diabetics and pre-diabetics throughout the world.
Could you throw some light on your mission and vision statement? 
The mission and vision here at Alertgy is to bring relief to the day to day lives of the millions of diabetics throughout the world who are desperately needing a better way to monitor their blood sugar to ease their life. Diabetes is a deeply personal issue to every team member in the company, so our drive and inspiration keeps us centered on this mission to improve the lives of those we love as well as all the others in the world we know are going through similar situations.
Describe your company and its cutting-edge (domain of the respective project) solutions which address all the needs of your customers. 
The Alertgy NICGM (Non-Invasive Continuous Glucose Monitor) is our device that measures blood sugar without the need of drawing blood like the traditional glucose measuring devices. Through our revolutionary technology, we have developed a platform and sensor that is unlike anything currently available on the consumer market. Most all devices today rely on physical blood measurements collected through direct blood measurements requiring needles and other painful processes. The Alertgy DeepGluco NICGM gets rid of these arduous methods and gives people the ability to accurately measure their blood glucose in real-time.
Give a detailed description of the featured person’s influence over the company and the industry. 
My team at Alertgy would say I am an encouraging and supportive CEO, dedicated to reaching our company goals, as well as create a positive impact on the careers of team members whom I lead. Furthermore, I put an emphasis on personal responsibility, relying on each team member to get his or her work done, and not micromanaging how things get done day to day. The goal of my leadership here at Alertgy is to positively affect the problem solving, communication, and teamwork skills throughout the team, which will in turn accelerate the development of our ground breaking technology and create a massive positive disruption in the diabetes industry.
Describe in detail about the work culture and the values that drive your company. 
The work culture we have developed at Alertgy is centered around hard work, personal responsibility, and a passion for success. As previously mentioned, we here are all effected in one way or another by diabetes, whether it be personally or through a family member or loved one. Over the course of the development of our technology, these qualities, and values that we have instilled within the company have provided the drive required to overcome the hurdles and tough times we have faced. We all share a common goal, and through the close-knit bond we have developed we know we can accomplish this goal together.
What is your idea of Corporate Social Responsibility? 
Alertgy is before all centered around improving the health and lives of millions around the world, and we strongly believe our business and product will bring positive change throughout the health care industry. We believe we have a responsibility as a company to effect this positive change ahead of any profit incentive. It will bring us immeasurable joy as a company and as people to see the lives of diabetics be dramatically improved by our product.
What are your company’s future aspirations? What strategies are you undertaking to achieve those goals? 
Currently, we are focused on first bringing our device to the type 2 diabetes population in order to provide millions with a way to easily and effectively alert users to measure their blood glucose 24 hours a day using FDA approved SMBG’s to determine their best course of action. This product alert and surveillance application will be subject to FDA approval. As enough data is collected and the system is further optimized, FDA approval to link it to insulin pumps and use its data for insulin sliding scale will be pursued. In the future there is no limit to what our technology can provide in the way of monitoring and diagnostics. We have shown to be able to track other metabolites and cellular markers within the body that could pave the way for Alertgy to be a premier leader in diagnostic technology.