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August 29, 2023

Natick weight loss company adds AI coach to its suite of offerings

Photo/Grant Welker Allurion co-founder and CEO Shantanu Gaur holds a demo version of the Allurion Gastric Balloon.

Natick-based Allurion Technologies will add a generative AI technology to its clinical offerings in the form of an artificial intelligence-powered health coach.

Allurion’s platform already included AI-powered patient monitoring to work in tandem with its swallowable, non-surgical gastric balloon. The new technology, called Coach Iris, is intended to provide on-demand information, support, and education, according to a Tuesday press release from the company. 

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The addition to the suite of AI offerings comes after the company debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in early August as a publicly traded company.

Patients using the Allurion suite will be able to access AI-powered Coach Iris in the program’s app. It will provide users of the gastric balloon with tailored meal plans, exercise routines, and recipes.

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“Our digital tools are underpinned by our unique and proprietary dataset collected across 80 countries. We are fully committed to giving our clinics the best AI weight-management tools to strengthen their care delivery and propel the Allurion Program to new levels of effectiveness,” Shantanu Gaur, founder and CEO of Allurion, said in the press release. "Coach Iris is an example of us bringing this vision to life, improving the consumer experience, while simultaneously aiming to make our healthcare professionals more productive and capable of delivering exceptional care to a much larger number of patients.”

The technology will be available starting in October.

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