VitalTrax, a Philadelphia-based startup focused on patient engagement in clinical trials, has received a $150,000 seed investment. It is the first investment fromĀ a new $6 million digital health fund, launched this past December, led by Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, and Independence Health Group.

“With its strong leadership and dedication to consumerizing the healthcare industry, VitalTrax is poised to be a major player in the region’s digital health space and beyond,” Ben Franklin President and CEO RoseAnn B. Rosenthal said in a statement. “This is the first of many exciting deals to come through our funding initiative with Safeguard and IHG.”

Many startups are addressing the problem of connecting patients with appropriate clinical trials for their condition. VitalTrax’s approach to the issue is to focus on patient engagement and give patients an easy to use app to present their clinical trial options. The company describes the user experience as more like a social media platform than it is like traditional clinical trial documents. The app, called Wing (not related to theĀ connected Spirometer of the same name), is due out soon for iOS and Android devices.

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