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OUR STORY

PIONEERING INSIGHTS THAT
EMPOWER ACTIVITY

Founder and CEO of Supersapiens, Phil Southerland was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 7-months old. He was expected to be blind or dead by 25.

But growing up, he realized exercise enabled him to manage the disease and that glucose control led to success in sports. An obsession with glucose began. Teaming up with Abbott in 2006, Phil used their continuous glucose monitor (CGM) in the Race Across America. His all type 1 diabetic team finished second place on their first attempt; the following year, armed with a better understanding of glucose management, they won the race and set a new World Record time.

Phil has been working with Abbott to pioneer CGM for the past 16 years. And when he linked CGM data to head units in 2018, Phil experienced the ‘a-ha’ moment, connecting real-time glucose levels and exercise performance. He learned more in 15 days about energy management with CGM information on his head unit than in the previous 15 years.

Phil knew the value of this data was not just for people with diabetes, but for every athlete, and every human who needs energy striving to become a better version of themselves.

Supersapiens was born.

Today, our team carries forward that origin story. Through discipline, exercise, and data, anything can be accomplished.

We’re building a complete energy management system that will change the way all humans think about food, exercise, sleep, and performance—physically, and mentally. We’ve built the community to support that mission with science, data, content, and coaching. We can’t wait for you to join us on your own journey of becoming Supersapien.

THE IDEA
IS BORN
2018
SUPERSAPIENS
IS FOUNDED
2019
SUPERSAPIENS
LAUNCHES
2020
THE ENERGY BAND
IS LAUNCHED
2021
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HOMO SAPIEN,
MEET SUPERSAPIENS

Nkyinkyim is an ancient Adinkra symbol depicting the harsh nature of life’s journey. Life is full of challenges but that is no exuse to resign to fate. By sheer force of will and determination, you can succeed.

WE’RE MORE THAN JUST
A SCIENCE BRAND

The Nkyinkyim ethos is carried throughout the brand. Supersapiens is for those who understand the value of marginal improvements. It’s about training for 6 months to go 1 second faster. It’s that 1 second difference that wins titles.

Building the most important app for athletes,
connecting our system with the most
powerful platforms.

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After years of researching and tinkering, Tim teamed up with Joey Zwillinger, an engineer and renewables expert. Together, they crafted a revolutionary wool fabric made specifically for footwear. The outcome? An entirely new category of shoes inspired by natural materials, and an ongoing mantra to create better things in a better way.

A native of New Zealand, Tim Brown was always well versed in the magical qualities of merino wool. Inherently curious, he began asking himself why such a remarkable, sustainable resource was virtually absent in the footwear industry. And with that spirit of wonder, the Allbirds journey began.

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See What Other Supersapiens Are Saying

Susie Bower
Sleep + Stress Manager
CGM has been an absolute game changer for me in so many ways outside of training too.
Jim Stewart
Ultra Endurance Cyclist
I've found using the Supersapiens app to monitor glucose levels over the last 14 days absolutely fascinating. My partner and I are ultra-endurance cyclists and are keen to use CGM during an event to see how glucose levels fluctuate during races.
Patrick Delorenzi
IRONMAN AG Athlete
Thank you guys. Yesterday I absolutely nailed fueling and PRd my local TT climb which I thought to be basically impossible!
Chris Leiferman
BMC Pro Triathlon
I have never had that perfect race that all athletes strive for, mainly because I’ve had to play my fueling by trial and error. Now I will complete my data and hone in for a nutritionally perfect race.
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