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Azadeh Dastmalchi

Co-founder and CEO, VitalTracer

Born in Iran and raised in Dubai, Azadeh Dastmalchi is the CEO of VitalTracer, a Canadian medical startup that designs smart wearable medical devices. A Ph.D. candidate at Ottawa University, she obtained her MSc from the same university in Biomedical Engineering. 

In the last twelve years, her main field of research has been designing and developing medical devices, particularly vital sign monitoring and applied AI on bio-signals. In 2020, Azadeh introduced the result of decades of her work: a medical-grade smartwatch called VitalTracer. In addition to taking a wearer’s pulse, it uses biosensors and machine-learning algorithms to measure blood pressure, respiratory rate, blood oxygen levels, body temperature, and the heart’s electrical signals. According to Azadeh, the device can help detect symptoms of illnesses — such as COVID-19 — earlier, and ensure patients in high-risk facilities such as retirement residences can be isolated more quickly. 

Azadeh’s work showcases the importance of patience and perseverance, as demonstrated by the success of her decades long research in biomedical engineering.