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Bionym founders, both U of T Engineering alumni, launched the 'Nymi' wristband following their experience at Rotman's Creative Destruction Lab (image courtesy of Bionym).

Imagine never having to remember another password or PIN number again. And now imagine that freedom coming in the form of a tiny watch-like gadget that listens to your heart.

Using our unique heartbeats to eliminate the jumble of complicated word-and-number combinations in these tech-heavy times was the goal of Karl Martin (EngSci BASc 0T1 Masc 0T3 PhD 1T0) and Foteini Agrafioti (ElecE Masc 0T7 PhD 1T1), founders of Bionym.

The U of T Engineering researchers and entrepreneurs came to the Creative Destruction Lab with ideas for biometric recognition systems. Its mentors, workshops and services – including direct access to investors – then helped Bionym develop its concept, goals and products. The Nymi launched only a year later, in early September, 2013.

In a video for U of T News, Bionym CEO, Karl Martin, explains how he went from academic to entrepreneur at U of T.

To read the full article on Bionym, visit U of T News.

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