Safeguard Scientifics, the publicly-traded Radnor-based IT and medical investment firm, says it has led a $750,000 "seed round" backing MedCrypt, a Philadelphia- and San Diego-based medical-device software security developer, which says it works with manufacturers to keep hackers out of your medical electronics.
Business founders Mike Kijewski (a West Chester U and 2xPenn grad) and Eric Pancoast (Drexel) -- who previously teamed up at medical-imaging software maker Gamma Basics -- work with MedCrypt tech founder and Chief Scientific Officer Brett Hemenway Ph.D., a Penn research cryptologist. They say they'll use the cash to build "commercial pilots with leading medical device vendors."
The recent St. Jude Medical case, in which a short-seller bet against the company exploiting what it said was a heart device's vulnerability to hackers, has raised the specter of bad actors remotely disabling devices or even sending instructions that would hurt users -- boosting outfits like MedCrypt who say they can help.
Nice pacemaker you guys make. Wouldn't want to see anything nasty happen to your users.
Safeguard's Managing Director Dr. Gary Kurtzman was Kijewski's teacher at Wharton. He's also chairman of MedCrypt.