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iRx Reminder featured company for the JumpStart Expo, October 25, 2011

Oct 25, 2011

Akron area inventors, entrepreneurs hope to spark interest, attract money
By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal business writer

Akron Beacon Journal 

The Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Expo, including 10 participants from Summit County, will be held Tuesday at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron.

Companies featuring everything from software for DNA analysis to a cutting board for pizzas will be among the exhibitors.

The expo is a place for companies to talk to potential investors, look for partners and simply generate awareness, say organizers.

The annual event is hosted by JumpStart Inc., the Cleveland-based nonprofit group that mentors and invests in early-stage companies.

Not all of those exhibiting have received money from JumpStart.

Here are some of the stories behind the exhibitors.

iRx Reminder

Akron

iRx Reminder is a smart- phone system and app that does much more than remind patients to take medication.

Anthony Sterns, company chief executive, said researchers already are using the app to provide surveys and education to individuals involved in medical studies. The program also can be used to monitor participants’ exercise habits, as well as their emotional state.

Customers include researchers at Summa Health System.

This summer, iRx Reminder celebrated the app being available in Apple’s iPhone App Store.

Founded in 2009, iRx Reminder is just beginning to generate sales.

Sterns wants to grow by selling the app to medical professionals who would use it to communicate with patients.

He’s seeking $500,000 in short-term funding and another $2 million in long-term funding to hire employees and continue the FDA-approval process.