AlphaLab startup using AI to prevent drug addicts from relapsing

Just last week, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. With a heroin addict relapse rate of 90 percent and a 650 percent increase in emergency room visits for the drug since 1990, said Jeremy Guttman, there must be some pattern.

Technology could help disrupt such tragedy, the entrepreneur said. A startup he helped co-found, Behaivior, uses pattern-recognition machine learning to predict and prevent relapse and overdose through Fitbit-like wearables.

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Demo Day 2017: 7 smart startups, 8 new product launches, 2 group yoga stretches

These ideas and more presented by AlphaLab companies dazzled the crowd that packed Stage AE at Demo Day 2017 on Thursday night. The latest companies from the renowned startup accelerator have spent several months intensely working and reworking their concepts since joining the cohort in July. Part of the extensive coaching included help with their impressive on-stage presentations.

Even the yoga instructor who led the audience through some reviving stretches was met with enthusiasm.