• Press Release

Mount Sinai and Novotalk sign a joint venture agreement to bring innovative speech and language therapeutic technologies to patients

On-demand (virtual) health solutions enable the patient to undergo a therapeutic process with a computer acting as a virtual clinician • The licensed clinicians supervise the process, leveraging mass data collection for clinical insights not otherwise available in a regular clinical setting • On-demand tele-therapy can be a more efficient and effective model, and directly contributes to reducing the economic burden of health

  • New York, NY
  • (July 25, 2018)

Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) and Novotalk, Ltd., today entered into an exclusive joint venture agreement to commercialize innovative speech and language solutions to address the therapeutic need of patients with speech impairments in the United States and Canada. Approximately 1.5 billion people globally feel the burden of voice, speech, or language impairments. In most cases, the condition severely affects their ability to communicate freely, achieve professional goals, start a family, or simply express themselves.  

The first product to be launched uses on-demand tele-therapy to provide a lifelong solution to people with chronic stuttering, which affects approximately 1 percent of the global population. This product is already commercially available to patients in Israel through Novotalk’s partnership with Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, a prestigious university hospital and the leading stuttering therapy center in Israel.

The Novotalk products are expected to launch in the New York metropolitan area in the fourth quarter of 2018 and will be rolled out to other states shortly after. Mount Sinai’s clinical teams will provide oversight and quality guidelines for the provision of the services.

“Mount Sinai aims to advance breakthroughs that benefit patients. We look forward to expanding Novotalk’s proven capabilities in delivering on-demand tele-therapy to our clinical setting, so that we may better serve our patient population,” said Erik Lium, PhD, Executive Vice President of Mount Sinai Innovation Partners.

“Mount Sinai is associated with clinical excellence, quality of care and innovation. Adapting our technology and therapeutic approach to the North American market, with the professional guidance Mount Sinai brings to the partnership, will allow Novotalk to introduce field-tested solutions to the populations we serve while reducing the economic burden of care,” said Zohar Beeri, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Novotalk.

As part of the partnership between MSHS and Novotalk, Dr. Lium will join the board of Novotalk, Inc., while Bruce Darrow, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Information Officer for MSHS, will be added to the advisory board of the company. In addition, Mount Sinai Ventures has decided to make a financial investment in Novotalk, following due diligence and competitive market analysis.

About Novotalk (www.novotalk.com)

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Israel, Novotalk is a startup company that develops on-demand (asynchronous), self-directed speech and language tele-therapy solutions, which allow those with speech impairments to learn, practice, gain and maintain comprehensible speech remotely, independently and discretely.  Novotalk's first commercialized product is a patent-pending, web-based and mobile application that provides self-directed speech therapy and training to people who stutter. Those who use Novotalk regularly experience fluent speech which may be a life-changing experience.

Novotalk’s services are offered via Hadassah Medical Center in Israel and through a JV with Mount Sinai Health System in the US and Canada.

About Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP) 

MSIP is responsible for driving the real-world application and commercialization of Mount Sinai discoveries and inventions, and the development of research partnerships with industry. Our aim is to translate discoveries and inventions into health care products and services that benefit patients and society. MSIP is accountable for the full spectrum of commercialization activities required to bring Mount Sinai inventions to life. These activities include evaluating, patenting, marketing and licensing new technologies building research, collaborations and partnerships with commercial and nonprofit entities, material transfer and confidentiality, coaching innovators to advance commercially-relevant translational discoveries, and actively fostering an ecosystem of entrepreneurship within the Mount Sinai research and health system communities. For more information, visit www.ip.mountsinai.org.


About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system encompassing seven hospital campuses, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians; 10 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 13 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally.

For more information, visit https://www.mountsinai.org or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.