People young and old depend on heart rate monitors to measure overall health. But what if a heart monitor could do more? When Mourad posed this question to himself years ago, he started down a path that would change his life forever.
Existing heart monitors are able to accurately measure increases and decreases in heart rate. However, they cannot determine if a high heart rate is due to physical activity, like climbing a flight of stairs, or other factors, like cardiac events or periods of high stress. Mourad’s invention, Digiheart, differentiates between physical and mental stress by using sensors that detect the wearer’s physical movement. This allows doctors and users alike to gather and analyze more data, leading to better health outcomes.
Already a holder of a patent on Digiheart, Mourad is focusing his efforts on preparing the invention for market launch. The Algerian joined the prestigious Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) Accelerator Program, which provided him with funding, intensive sessions with innovation experts, and office space for his team. Mourad is currently applying to QSTP’s Proof of Concept Fund, a support program that offers grants for entrepreneurs looking to commercialize their products.
Mourad has been courting potential investors for Digiheart and, ever the competitor, is planning to participate in future technology competitions around the world. Viewers of Season 7 know that Mourad’s excellent technical skills carried him throughout the competition. He is now working to master another challenge - further developing his communications skills so he can speak to venture capitalists in the boardroom with as much ease as he speaks to fellow engineers in the lab.
“I’ve enjoyed the Stars of Science experience not only for the opportunities it has afforded me, but also the wonderful, helpful people I’ve met in Qatar along the way,” said Mourad. “Perhaps the most beneficial lesson I learned on the show is how to understand and adapt to challenging environments – a skill I’ll carry with me the rest of my life.”