Life Sciences Insight

Medtronic taps Apple partner Rockley Photonics to build biomarker-sensing wearables

Though Medtronic has previously ventured into the world of wearables with insulin pump systems, external heart monitors and other condition-specific devices, it’s now planning to ramp up those efforts by developing hardware that can continuously and noninvasively monitor a whole host of health factors at once.

The resulting devices will essentially be like super-enhanced Apple Watches—and to get there, Medtronic is going straight to the source.

The medtech giant has inked a partnership with Rockley Photonics, which disclosed last year that the bulk of its revenues in recent years have come from its work helping Apple develop new health-monitoring features for its ubiquitous wearable.