MD Revolution Raises $7M for Web-based Health and Fitness Program

2/13/14Follow @bvbigelow

MD Revolution, a San Diego startup that has developed online technology to help people improve their health, says today it has closed on $7 million in a Series B round of funding. All of the funding came from individual investors, and the round brings total funding for the startup to $8 million, a spokeswoman said.

When I met last summer with CEO Samir Damani, a practicing cardiologist, he said he founded MD Revolution in 2011 to help people head off chronic disease by improving their metabolism and cardiovascular fitness. The company provides its RevUp program as a Web-based service for employers and physicians.

RevUp uses a variety of sensors and diagnostics to track the most important indicators of cardiovascular health. The data is monitored by health and fitness  specialists, who combine each person’s exercise regimen with good nutrition, exercise, and other healthy practices into a holistic health and fitness program. The company provides a Web dashboard that integrates the personalized data and makes it easy for users to exercise, eat right, and to help themselves feel better.

The company officially unveiled its RevUp program last month at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

In a statement today, MD Revolution says it also recently completed a pilot study that enrolled some Sharp Healthcare employees who were at high risk for chronic illness. With regular exercise and improved nutrition, Sharp employees using the RevUp program showed “statistically significant improvements in less than 90 days in weight, BMI, visceral fat, body fat, and cardiorespiratory fitness levels,” the company said.

MD Revolution also has been growing. The company now has 38 employees, more than twice the headcount it had six months ago.

“The clinical team has grown dramatically to support our recent Sharp Healthcare pilot and to provide the digital coaching” for the RevUp program offered to corporate customers, says Caitlin Caval of MD Revolution. “Our corporate team has ramped up to support continued build-out of new functionality for the platform as well as new distribution channels, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships.”

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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