Berlin-based mobile healthcare startup xbird is using some of the most advanced data science and machine learning techniques.

The brand uses artificial intelligence to help prevent diseases or diagnose them early using data captured from sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes built into smartphones and wearable devices.

Much of xbird’s work so far has been with diabetic patients to detect and prevent the onset of hypoglycaemia. The next step is to monitor different mental health conditions including depression.

The company was founded in 2015 by Jonas Harder, Sebastian Sujka, Silvan Türkcan and Matteo Carli. They point out that eight people die from a preventable disease every minute. They claim that their technology could save around one million lives by 2020.

In March 2017, xbird was one of 13 companies pitching on the EY Startup Stage at the Wired Health event as it looks for additional funding to grow.