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Sempulse wins 2019 International Innovation Award for non-invasive vital signs sensor

Research and Innovation

Jayme Blaschke | November 26, 2019

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Sempulse, a tenant of Texas State University's Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park, has received the Innovation Award from the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) for developing a non-invasive vital signs sensor that adheres to the back of the ear and acquires patients' five major vital signs. 

The annual award is given to a company within a university research park that is commercializing a substantial and meaningful technology.

Sempulse moved into STAR Park in January of 2019 and has fully utilized the space to further its research.

The device acquires cuffless blood pressure, pulse oximetry, heart rate, respiratory rate and core body temperature, plus GPS and related vital signs information. Originally developed for military triage, Sempulse technology can be applied in athlete performance training, mass casualty, telemedicine and more.

AURP is the international industry organization representing university-driven research parks and innovation districts with approximately 200 members.

"The award acknowledges that Sempulse is a technology that is needed and viable," said Matt Barrera, director of medical operations for Sempulse and a Texas State alumni.

For more information about Sempulse, visit or watch this video.

Sempulse is the second company at STAR Park to win the AURP Innovation Award. In 2017, Paratus Diagnostics was recognized for developing a point-of-care diagnostic platform to detect infectious disease pathogens.

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922