Meet your latest stealthy Seattle startup.
The name of the company is Saykara, and it appears to be tackling a very interesting problem: The use of artificial intelligence in healthcare.
We stumbled across Saykara in a SEC filing today, which noted that the company has secured $2.5 million in venture funding. In an email to GeekWire, CEO Harjinder Sandhu confirmed the funding amount, and noted that Madrona Venture Group is the primary investor.
Beyond that, Sandhu is not sharing much.
“We are a healthcare startup looking to leverage machine intelligence to reshape the way physicians interact with medical systems,” Sandhu said via email. He said the company is in the early-stages of development, and was choosing to stay in “stealth mode.”
The company was founded last year by Sandhu, a healthcare IT tech vet with a specialty in speech recognition and machine learning. Vadim Slesarev —a serial entrepreneur and previous Microsoft engineer— joined the company as a senior software developer this March
Sandhu previously co-founded MedRemote, which was sold to Nuance Communications for just under $14 million in 2005. He then spent five years at Nuance where he served as vice president and chief technologist of healthcare R&D.
He also co-founded Albuquerque-based Twistle, a healthcare communication platform that facilitates communication between patients and healthcare teams.
Unlike Twistle, Saykara is focused on internal hospital functions.