Smart Pill Bottle Startup Raises $1.2M, Relocates to Tulsa, Oklahoma
PatchRx, a medication management startup, improves prescription adherence and helps patients remember to take their medication through data-driven technology. Today, the company announced a $1.2M pre-seed round and moved its operations to Tulsa, Oklahoma, joining the growing number of startups that have relocated to the city over the past year. The company’s second capital raise was led by Atento Capital, followed by Cortado Ventures, and the Gaingels Network.
According to the World Health Organization, poor medication adherence can account for up to 25% of hospitalizations and approximately 125,000 deaths every year in the United States. PatchRx has developed and patented the first universal smart pill bottle device to ensure that patients regularly take the right doses and help pharmacies play an active role in encouraging medication adherence.
The company’s patient-facing services notify users when to take medications and operate as an all-encompassing health tracker – “a personal EMR for patients.” Patients can also request refills from any PatchRx-registered pharmacy and collect rewards through the mobile app. Clinicians are also notified when doses are missed, allowing for real-time, effective monitoring of daily adherence.
PatchRx was founded by two students at Trinity University in San Antonio, each with deeply personal connections to medication adherence.
“When Gavin and I first met, his grandfather had recently passed away due to a medication non-adherence issue. And not long after, I was diagnosed with cancer and learned firsthand how overwhelming it could be to manage multiple prescriptions,” said Andrew Aertker, co-founder of PatchRx. “From that point on, we were focused on easing the burden that patients and families feel from managing medications. After several successful early launches of our smart pill bottle caps and software platform, we’re thrilled to be taking our company to the next level in Tulsa.”