SARASOTA, Fla. (PRWEB) August 07, 2014
Voalte®, the leader in healthcare communication technology, today announced the launch of Voalte Labs. The new venture will be led by Don Fletcher, Ph.D., Chief Scientist at Voalte and former Senior Engineering Manager at Google Voice, and will be headquartered at The HuB, a Sarasota, Florida, incubator that provides space and resources to entrepreneurs and startups.
“We’re excited to open an offsite lab where our engineers will focus exclusively on future-facing technologies,” said Voalte Founder and CEO Trey Lauderdale. “By forecasting 24 to 36 months out, Voalte will be in a unique position to help our customers stay ahead of rapid changes in the marketplace.”
Voalte Labs brings together leading engineers and researchers into a single team that will drive innovation across the company to support Voalte products and services. Beyond being significant to the growth of the company, Voalte Labs will help fuel the growth of the entire mobile health industry.
“The model we’re adopting is that of an independent development unit, also known as a skunk works, which was pioneered by Lockheed Martin and IBM, and championed by management consultant Peter Drucker,” said Fletcher. “Using this model, we can innovate rapidly and bring products to market quickly, away from the typical distractions at company headquarters.”
Starting in August 2014, several engineers and researchers will be stationed in offices at The HuB, 1680 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, Florida.
“Our mission is to build a strong creative economy in Sarasota by bringing together professionals, artists and entrepreneurs to execute big ideas,” said Rich Swier, The HuB’s founder. “Voalte Labs fits in perfectly as a forward-thinking local company that’s poised to make a huge impact on an emerging industry. We’re thrilled to have Don Fletcher and his team join us.”
Voalte Labs will also further solidify the region’s emergence as a center for innovation in healthcare and life sciences.
“Voalte is well established as a leader in mobile health technology,” said Mark Huey, President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County. “The opening of Voalte Labs at The HuB, led by a nationally recognized technology innovator, makes clear that Voalte is committed to an ambitious agenda of ongoing product development. The company is leading the way in establishing our area as the Southeast’s epicenter for health and life sciences innovation.”
Voalte develops smartphone alternatives that simplify caregiver communication. As the only company to offer a comprehensive Mobile Communication Strategy, Voalte enables care teams inside and outside the hospital to access and exchange information securely. Voalte customers benefit from a solid smartphone infrastructure that supports their existing systems and expands to accommodate future technologies.
Founded in 2008, Voalte is a privately held company based in Sarasota, Florida. Over 35,000 caregivers use Voalte products every day. For more information, visit voalte.com or follow @Voalte on Twitter.