Baltimore, MD, April 26, 2021 – Ellington West, Co-founder and CEO of Sonavi Labs, has been named one of the 2021 Cartier Women’s Initiative North American Fellows. Each year, Cartier honors 21 leaders from seven regions around the world with an international entrepreneurship program that aims to drive change by empowering women making an impact. She joins other fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, and Southeast Asia & Oceania, embracing this award as a Black American woman driving sustainable social change.
Ellington West is an award-winning business leader, speaker, and advisor, recognized for being one of the very few Black American women to have raised more than $2 million for her company, Sonavi Labs, a global telehealth company focused on decreasing morbidity and mortality from respiratory diseases through acoustic technology and artificial intelligence software. As a Cartier Women’s Initiative North American Fellow, Ellington will receive a generous grant in support of Sonavi Labs and its FDA-approved, inaugural product line, Feelix, the first digital stethoscope that uses real-time data to detect and grade the severity of abnormalities in lung and body sounds.
“I am incredibly honored to be named a Cartier Women’s Initiative North American Fellow alongside other amazing women entrepreneurs dedicated to sustainable social and environmental change,” said Ellington. “This program holds so much relevance right now—empowering women and women-owned businesses and supporting impact-driven companies that promote prosperity and protect the environment. Thank you, Cartier, for having the foresight to introduce this program 15 years ago and enable women around the world to spearhead innovation and achieve more through your support.”
The selection criteria for this award included a detailed review of market analysis and fit, financial and business model sustainability, leadership team and character of founder, strategy and execution, embedded positive social impact, commitment to Cartier Women’s Initiative, and quality of submission.
Ellington’s success growing Sonavi Labs from a research project at Johns Hopkins University into a globally recognized VC-backed telehealth company, demonstrated her unwavering commitment to creating social change. In addition to this accolade, Ellington has been named one of the 25 Women to Watch in Healthcare by the Baltimore Sun. Under her leadership, Sonavi Labs has earned five patents, accolades including 2020 Startup of the Year by Technical.ly Baltimore, recognition by the Hello-Tomorrow Foundation as a Deep Tech Pioneer, and a sponsored guest spot for the Department of State at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague. She continues to build Sonavi Labs’ global presence, penetrating the $20B US remote patient monitoring market, while partnering with organizations and media to create impactful content about diversity in executive roles, healthcare leadership, and venture funding, speaking on panels for Johnson & Johnson and the Smithsonian.
About Sonavi Labs
Sonavi Labs is a global leader in the development of telehealth technology for respiratory monitoring and diagnostic support. Through the smart application of augmented auscultation, Sonavi Labs creates medical devices and software rooted in artificial intelligence and is driven by a commitment to save lives by making accessible, user-friendly assessment tools that can be used by clinicians of all skill levels as well as patients anywhere. Feelix by Sonavi Labs is the world’s first digital stethoscopes designed for clinicians and patients that deploys proprietary classification algorithms to detect and grade the severity of abnormalities in lung and body sounds. Feelix delivers high-fidelity remote monitoring supported by integrated apps and a secured, HIPAA-compliant cloud system. Learn more at sonavilabs.com.
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