Iamsterdam – Interview with Yosef Safi Harb

Iamsterdam – Interview with Yosef Safi Harb

6 Nov, 2020

Happitech: a startup with heart

Happitech provides medical-grade heart monitoring using a smartphone’s camera. I amsterdam spoke to founder and CEO Yosef Safi Harb to learn about the city’s life sciences and health scene and bringing new MedTech to market.

Happitech: Developing state-of-the-art telemedicine technology

As founder and CEO of Happitech, it seems appropriate that Yosef Safi Harb seems like a happy guy – even as we speak to him at the height of the coronavirus lockdown. His mission is also a positive one: to create a healthier world by providing accessible medical-grade technology using only a smartphone.

With an engineering background in sensor design for the aerospace and automotive industries, Harb started working in the life sciences and health sector after being inspired by Quantified Self (QS), a movement founded by Wired magazine editors Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly. QS focused on bringing together users and makers of self-tracking tools that collected personal health data.

“At that time, it was all about smartwatches,” recalls Harb. “So, some friends and I began wondering what we could do with mobile phones. We came across an old article that measured heart rate via a mobile phone. So, that got us thinking about how far mobile tech had come in that time.”

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