One Drop Direct-to-Consumer Subscriptions Lower A1c by 1.9% in 3 Months

One Drop announces study results demonstrating a 1.9% reduction in eA1c in just 3 months among people with type 2 diabetes using One Drop’s direct-to-consumer digital therapeutics solution

NEW YORK, NY, April 13, 2018 — One Drop’s direct-to-consumer digital therapeutics solution lowers estimated A1c (eA1c) in people with type 2 diabetes by 1.90% in just 3 months. These findings were published in two peer-reviewed retrospective studies presented at the 39th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) [1]. The company has released over a dozen peer-reviewed studies on the efficacy of its mobile app and coaching service respectively, but these most recent analyses are the first to examine One Drop’s fully integrated solution.

The One Drop integrated solution includes the award-winning One Drop | Mobile app, ADA-recognized* One Drop | Experts in-app coaching service, Bluetooth-enabled One Drop | Chrome blood glucose monitor, and convenient direct-to-your-door supplies subscription services One Drop | Premium and One Drop | Plus. One Drop’s comprehensive solution for diabetes management is offered direct-to-consumer for less than a monthly copay, with no requirement for insurance, prescriptions, or appointments. 

One Drop | Mobile is available free on Android and iOS devices, Apple Watch, Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Versa and Amazon Alexa. The mobile app also offers integrations with thousands of digital health tracking services, including Apple Health, Google Fit, Dexcom, and Fitbit. 

“One Drop meets people where they are and helps them get where they want to be. We’ve cracked the code on delivering ultra-personalized, evidence-based, clinically-efficacious, and scalable self-care support to people with diabetes worldwide,” One Drop CEO Jeff Dachis said in a statement. According to Dachis, “People with diabetes want convenience, affordability, and effectiveness. We give them that.”

Diabetes is prevalent and expensive. In 2017, an estimated 451 million people with diabetes cost $850 billion — over 10% of the global health expenditure. The cost was $327 billion in the U.S. alone. With a projected 693 million people with diabetes worldwide by 2045, the economic impact of diabetes will inevitably escalate. 

“The One Drop solution costs less and performs better than first-line oral agents for type 2 diabetes. In 4-6 months, medications drop A1c by no more than 1.5% on average. We surpass that for less,” said Dr. Chandra Y. Osborn, Vice President of Health and Bioinformatics at One Drop.

At the 2018 SBM meeting, Dr. Osborn presented results for One Drop subscribers with type 1 (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Blood glucose data was passively collected from the One Drop | Chrome blood glucose monitoring system. “We split each sample by high average blood glucose or ‘at goal’ average blood glucose when starting One Drop. We wanted to see if we improve the blood glucose of people not ‘at goal’ and keep people ‘at goal’ that start out that way. We do both,” said Osborn. For people not at goal, average blood glucose improved by -53.1 mg/dL (eA1c -1.90%) among T2Ds and -22.2 mg/dL (eA1c -.80%) among T1Ds. For subscribers starting at goal, average blood glucose was 4.3 (T2D) and 1.7 (T1D) times more likely to remain at goal 3 months later rather than worsening.

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One Drop (Informed Data Systems Inc.) is a digital health company harnessing the power of mobile computing and data science to transform the lives of everyone with diabetes worldwide.

The One Drop platform is evidence-based and clinically effective. It brings affordable, accessible diabetes care to everyone with diabetes and a smartphone, as well as their insurers and health care providers. Learn more at

*The American Diabetes Association recognizes this education service as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.

[1] Osborn, C. Y., et al. (2018, April). People with Type 2 Diabetes Paying for a One Drop | Expert Coach improve and Maintain ‘at Goal’ Blood Glucose. Poster session presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine 39th Scientific Sessions, San Diego, CA.

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Like a G6: Poppin’ Bottles for Dexcom’s Latest FDA Approval

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Feelin’ So Fly (Like a [Dexcom] G6)

The US FDA just announced clearance for the Dexcom G6 integrated CGM (iCGM), in much-sooner-than-expected news! And once you’re able to get your hands on your own, you’ll be able to instantly and seamlessly integrate all your Dex data with your One Drop app. Whether you’re already rockin’ your Dexcom G5, or you’re waiting to get fully up to speed with your G6, One Drop’s right there with you. We’re fully and directly integrated with Dexcom, so you can go ahead and pull all your Dex data straight into One Drop.

Dexcom G6: The Wins

We’d heard that G6 approval was in the pipeline, but clearance wasn’t expected until later this year. Instead, the early-approval means an even earlier launch. The 10-day wear, factory-calibrated, no-fingerstick CGM is now expected for launch in the US in late Q2 2018. This is the first type of continuous glucose monitoring system permitted by the agency to be used as part of an integrated system with other compatible medical devices and electronic interfaces (i.e., automated insulin dosing systems, insulin pumps, BGMs, etc.).

Previously, CGM devices went through the most rigorous FDA evaluations, as they were deemed high risk class III medical devices. Simultaneous to G6 approval, the FDA is down-regulating current and future iCGM systems from that high-risk classification to a moderate-risk class II medical device. Huge win!

Other highlights to note

Factory calibration: No fingersticks! Unlike the G5 (2 BGM calibrations per day), the G6 is calibrated during the manufacturing process, and does not require users to calibrate the sensor with fingerstick blood glucose measurements.
– 10-Day Wear: Longer wear-time. A 10-day sensor allows for a 43% longer wear-time than previous generation Dexcom CGMs. Does this mean a hard cut-off at 10 days, though? 🤔
– Acetaminophen blocking: Because we’ve all been there. The inaccurate numbers and alarms due to a Tylenol or two. Now, we’ll see accurate glucose readings even when taking acetaminophen.
– Downsized transmitter profile: The redesigned patch is now 28% smaller (about the size of a quarter) than previous transmitter profiles.
– Easy insertion: An easy-to-use sensor applicator with one button insertion.

This. Is. MAJOR. We are so thrilled to see such giant leaps & bounds made by both Dexcom & the FDA!

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HealthKit + One Drop

The fun doesn’t stop at Dexcom! We are fully integrated with HealthKit, meaning you can sync the data you log from other apps with your One Drop app. With One Drop’s HealthKit integration, you can do it all.

Fitbit Ionic + One Drop

One Drop is also fully integrated with Fitbit Ionic. Not only that, but if you wear a Fitbit of any kind, One Drop’s got you: you can sync all your activity data with your One Drop app by following the instructions here.

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Alexa + One Drop

Want to add your latest blood glucose reading to your One Drop app without lifting a finger? We’ve got you there, too. Enable your One Drop Alexa Skill to seamlessly, effortlessly log all your pertinent diabetes moments in your One Drop app by solely using voice technology.

More to come?

We’ll see what else the Dexcom G6 has to offer in the coming months (longer wear-time, fully disposable CGMs?)! But we can’t wait to get our hands on a G6, and watch that Dex data flow right into our One Drop app. ✨

American College of Physicians publishes new A1c guidelines. We strongly disagree.


ACP A1c Guidelines

This week, the American College of Physicians published new guidance on the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Like many in the diabetes community, I was left shaking my head about the recommendations, which include a target A1c for people with type 2 diabetes between 7-8%. This is in contrast to the longstanding ADA recommendation of 7% for all people with diabetes.


Whoa. That’s Confusing.

Even more confusing is the recommendation that doctors ‘de-intensify’ treatment for people with type 2 diabetes who are meeting their A1c target. That’s like telling a teenager ‘Just drive faster and don’t worry too much about the speed limit.’


This new guidance is baffling from a medical point of view, because it’s known that having an A1c over 7% significantly increases your risk for complications, including severe visual impairment (blindness), extensive nerve damage, and kidney disease, just to name a few.

Let’s Talk Management. Real Management.

But what shocks me most is the message of disempowerment that the ACP is sending to people with diabetes. Managing isn’t always easy, but I am a firm believer that it’s doable. And we have plenty of evidence that it is! When I read these recommendations, it tells me that that the American College of Physicians doesn’t believe that people with diabetes can manage it well. I get the impression that they believe that people aren’t capable of keeping their blood sugars in their target range; those that can don’t have the ability to deal with low blood sugars.

So Then – What is an Ideal A1c for Type 2 Diabetes?

This sends the message that many doctors would rather change the rules to give their patients (and themselves) the impression they are providing good care, rather than actually providing it. But no matter what the rules are, they do not change the fact that having an A1C above 7% is not good for you. The research clearly shows that most people’s ideal A1c should be below 7% (and some say 6.5%) to reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications.


We Deserve Better

People with type 2 diabetes deserve better from the American College of Physicians. They deserve better medical care, but just as importantly they deserve to have health care teams (and systems) who believe in them and who will empower them to play the key role in their self-care. So many people with diabetes want to manage better, but they’re not confident that they can. With this guidance, the American College of Physicians isn’t doing much to help.

At One Drop, we’re confident that people can live well with diabetes. We know from experience that by giving people education, tools, and support, they will gain the confidence they need to get there. When people meet their ideal A1c, we celebrate with them, and we work with them to stay on track to maintain their gains. Just take a look at all of our clinical trials.

We see evidence that people can live great lives while managing diabetes well every day.

We believe that people with diabetes should be empowered to take care of themselves, and we’re committed to standing by their side every step of the way.

One Drop users lower A1C by 1.6% in just 3 months

In case you missed it, the 11th annual Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD) conference happened last month. One Drop presented some major findings.

Hold up. What’s ATTD?

The ATTD meeting showcases the latest developments in diabetes tech, as well as the evidence to support it. Think: new insulin analogs and delivery systems, insulin pumps, glucose sensors, closed-loop systems, devices for diabetes prevention, artificial pancreas, and many other up-and-coming digital tools to help people with diabetes.

One Drop Findings

At the ATTD 2018 meeting, we presented significant blood glucose improvements among people using One Drop. Major win! 🤩

We sifted through our One Drop database, looking specifically for people who:

-had a One Drop | Premium or Plus subscription
-used their One Drop | Mobile app with their Apple Watch
-used One Drop | Experts coaching for 12 weeks or more
-had a starting estimated A1c (eA1c) of ≥7.5%

Our Results

Thirty-four people met our inclusion criteria. They were mostly male (77%), and had type 2 diabetes (62%). The remainder (38%) had type 1 diabetes. In week 1 with One Drop, the sample’s average blood glucose was 227 mg/dL. By week 12, the average blood glucose was 179 mg/dL. That’s a 1.6% eA1c reduction in just three months. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!


As we know firsthand from having diabetes, A1c is not always the best measure of blood glucose management. For example, a series of high blood sugars can be offset by a series of low blood sugars. That average, then, will represent a number that’s an average of highs and lows. And while that A1c number may be good, the real highs and lows are not. What’s better? Consistently in-range blood glucose levels.

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In-Range Blood Glucose

In just 12 weeks, One Drop subscribers with Apple devices reduced the number of high blood glucose readings and improved the number of in-range readings. Double win whammy. In week 1, 66% of blood glucose readings were high. That dropped by 26% in week 12, to only 40% of blood glucose readings that were high in a given week. A comparable improvement was seen for in-range blood glucose readings. In week 1, only 32% of readings were in-range. That improved by 25% in week 12, with 57% of that week’s readings in-range.

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What Does It All Mean?

Average blood glucose readings? Down. ⬇ Average high blood glucose readings? Down. ⬇ Average in-range blood glucose levels? Up. ⬆ These winning outcomes thanks to a One Drop | Premium or Plus subscription (on-demand test strip delivery, Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose meter, and anytime access to a personalized Certified Diabetes Educator), along with the One Drop | Mobile app on iPhone and Apple Watch.

Check out the full story and poster here!

One Drop Now Available on Fitbit Ionic!

The News

If you have Fitbit Ionicthe ultimate health and fitness smartwatch from Fitbit that works across Android, iOS and Windows, has onboard GPS and music, payments and more with up to 5 days battery life—then this one’s for you:

One Drop is now available on your wrist! The new app designed for Fitbit Ionic is everything that you know and love about One Drop on your smartphone, now located on your Ionic device. Our dedicated team has been hard at work on this one, and we are thrilled to introduce the One Drop app for your Fitbit Ionic!

ICYMI:  We recently launched Fitbit integration with the One Drop | Mobile app. So, if you wear a Fitbit of any kind and want your activity data synced with One Drop, follow the instructions here.

The Fitbit Ionic App

If you have a Fitbit Ionic and the One Drop app on your smartphone, then you’re ready to rock. Now, with the One Drop Fitbit Ionic app, you can instantly see blood sugars, food intake, activity levels, and medication anytime, anywhere. It’s one more way we’re making this diabetes thing a little easier: instant updates on your health data right on your wrist!

Installing Your Fitbit Ionic App: Instructions

You can install the watch face in two ways. Choose either via the direct link (must be opened on a mobile device with the Fitbit app installed) or via the Fitbit App Gallery. If installed from the direct link, skip down to the section on installing the watch face (Step 3).

Step 1

From the Fitbit app, click the watch icon in the top left corner and select your Ionic. On the Ionic screen, select “Clock Faces” and find the “One Drop Watch” (you can narrow the watch faces by looking in the “Stats Heavy” or “Digital” categories).fitbit-ionic-app-diabetes

Step 2

Next, navigate to the One Drop Watch. Click the “Select” button. When prompted, allow the One Drop Watch permission to “Run in Background” and “Internet.” Click “Install.”

These permissions are required for the One Drop Watch to function.


Step 3

After installing the watch face, login to your One Drop account. Click the “Settings” link from the One Drop Watch screen. Then, click “Link One Drop Account.”

Next, a browser will open. Login to your One Drop Account. Select the appropriate login method (Facebook, Google, or Email), and click “Submit.”


Step 4

Click “OK” to grant the Fitbit Ionic permissions to access your One Drop information. Finally, if prompted to “Open this page in Fitbit,” click “Open.” Then, you will be redirected back to the Fitbit App.


That’s it! Now, you can look down at your wrist at any time to keep tabs on your One Drop data.

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International Women’s Day 2018


This Thursday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day (IWD). It’s a day to recognize the countless accomplishments brought about by women, all over the world. Not to mention, the entire month of March is dedicated to women: it’s Women’s History Month. Not only is the future female, but the past has been full of amazing, miracle-working women.

Women With Diabetes: WWD

While we’re on the topic of world-dominating women, we’re highlighting some of the most diabadass women this IWD. Not only are they top-notch in their profession, they also maintain an entirely separate, full-time job of managing their diabetes. In celebration of women everywhere, and those specifically who are kicking diabetes butt, here are need-to-know women with diabetes.

Aretha Franklin

Soul songstress Aretha Franklin has been wowing crowds around the world for the past 60 years, and piling up the Grammy wins. But all that performing and entertaining caused Franklin to put her health on the backburner: “It happens after an energetic concert. You’re hungry, you eat, you don’t sit up and let it digest. I was not disciplined about my eating habits. I was used to eating very fattening foods all day, whenever I wanted to.” That lifestyle eventually led to type 2 diabetes. Aretha knew something had to change. After losing 85lbs, Aretha is back to eating healthy and managing her diabetes like a pro. That is major cause for R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Salma Hayek

You may have recently seen Salma on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars. Beyond the red carpet, though, Salma rallies on the front lines for women in Hollywood. In addition, she’s already directed, produced, and acted both on- and off-screen. On top of all of that, Salma dominated diabetes during pregnancy. When she became pregnant at age 41, Salma developed gestational diabetes. She admits it was a difficult pregnancy. But post-pregnancy, Salma kicked diabetes butt. She rid herself of gestational diabetes like a true fighter.

Este Haim

Rock n’ Roll maven Este Haim is perhaps the greatest bassist you’ll ever see (or hear). Just take look at this! She embodies everything awesome about being a bassist. She and sisters Danielle and Alana make up all-female rock band HAIM, which is pop-rock perfection. It’s been lauded as the 21st-century remake of Fleetwood Mac. Este, on top of her killer bass skills, also has type 1 diabetes. Diagnosed at age 14, she rocks out hardcore with her sisters while constantly managing her diabetes. She even sat down with fellow #T1Diabadass Jen Grieves to talk all things diabetes!

Sonia Sotomayor

After graduating from Princeton undergraduate and Yale Law School, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor went on to serve as an assistant district attorney in New York and became the first Hispanic federal judge in New York State. Today, she, along with only two other women, sits on the highest court in the United States. As if those accomplishments weren’t enough, Justice Sotomayor also has type 1 diabetes. She’s very open about her diabetes, saying that it has taught her both discipline and how to pay attention to her body. Her go-to low blood sugar treatment? All the sugar tabs. 🙌 In fact, she says, “Tropical Blast is my absolute favorite.”

Chaka Khan

When Chaka Khan decided she wanted to do her own thing outside of Rufus, people questioned the idea. And then she came out with “I’m Every Woman.” The stellar, disco dance-hit that established Chaka as her own pop sensation. Alongside a five-decade spanning career and 10 Grammys, Chaka also masters diabetes. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2011. Upon diagnosis, Chaka decided to reclaim her health. It snapped her out of a mean depression she was battling, and into better eating and exercising habits. This diva’s words of exercise wisdom? “Walking through airports is great exercise!”

From all of us at One Drop to all of you lovely ladies out there: Happy International Women’s Day!

You. Rock. ⚡

One Drop 🏀 March Madness

March Madness: The One Drop Pool

Office pools have been made. Conference champ titles have been won. Selection Sunday is done. March Madness is here. And in case you need one more tournament to join, we’ve got the best one yet! Not to mention – we’ve got over $1,000 worth of prizes in our pool!

The One Drop March to Better Health ⛹️‍♀️

The One Drop pool isn’t like most. There are no brackets to fill, no bets to be made, won, or lost. Instead, we’re all about the March to Better Health. We want to get each other motivated and moving; practicing more workout routines and getting in more daily steps. This is the One Drop style of March Madness: we are marching like mad to better our health.

PRIZES: The person with the most activity logged gets One Drop | Premium for a year. 🏆 Unlimited test strips on-demand for a year! Coaching on-demand for a year! Your new, beautiful, One Drop | Chrome included! All you have to do is get moving, get grooving, and get sharing on socials. We’ll also have 5 runners-up, who will receive 3 months of One Drop | Premium (which includes also includes unlimited, on-demand test strips & coaching, plus a One Drop | Chrome).

How do I do it?

Easy! To participate, all you have to do is log your activity in your One Drop app using the orange Movement moment. Then, share your Movement moment on Instagram or Twitter, and use #OneDropMarch and tag @onedroptoday. That’s it! Check out the full contest flyer here.

💡 Pro-Tip: You can share your Movement moment directly to Twitter! Just tap the arrow icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the Log Movement screen, tap the Twitter icon, and add the #OneDropMarch hashtag & @onedroptoday tag to the text. Voila! Otherwise, you can simply screenshot your moment and share it via your Twitter and Instagram apps.

The person who logs the most Movement moments in their One Drop app over the course of the month wins all. We’ll take a look at in-app tracking at the end of the month, crunch the Movement moment numbers, and let you know our winners.

What’s in it for me?

Starting March 1, we’ll be looking for #OneDropMarch entries on Twitter & Instagram and tracking in-app Movement moments. The person with the most activity data logged by March 31 wins! And this win is better than your typical March Madness office pool. In case you missed the gist above, here’s a recap:

Grand Prize ($500 Value) – 1 Winner 

One Year of One Drop | Premium, which includes:

• One Drop | Chrome meter

• Unlimited, on-demand test strips

• Unlimited, on-demand coaching from a diabetes educator

Runners Up ($135 Value) – 5 Winners 

Three Months of One Drop | Premium, which includes:

• One Drop | Chrome meter

• Unlimited, on-demand test strips

• Unlimited, on-demand coaching from a diabetes educator

Move it, Move it.🕺

This one’s your easiest bracket yet, folks. This is straight tournament fun — and all you have to do is move. To make your mark in One Drop March Madness history, here’s how to play:

1. Walk, run, jog, weight-lift, cycle, dance, zumba, jazzercise. Whatever your method, just move! And March each day to better health.

2. Log your activity in the One Drop Movement moment (orange icon) via your One Drop app.

3. Share your moment on Twitter and/or Instagram; use #OneDropMarch and tag @onedroptoday!

4. We’ll announce our tournament winners in April!

12 Days of Diabadass✨

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It’s been a great year. Twelve (12!) months ago, we launched One Drop Chrome and our Premium subscription plan, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have all of you along with us for the ride!  We’ve been there with you during your highs and lows, and even the unicorns! And we can’t thank you enough for letting us be part of every single moment.

To honor all of you, we’re kicking off the very first 12 Days of Diabadass. Over the next 12 days, we’re shining the spotlight on just a few One Drop users — 12, to be exact — who show us all what it means to be a diabadass.

As we share 12 unique and inspiring user stories between now and January 1, we’re also running a special celebratory contest…


🚨 Contest Alert 🚨

(Read: Win free stuff!)

Share your love for One Drop now through January 1st on social media — share a photo of you and your Chrome in the wild, video yourself telling us why you love One Drop, post a picture of your gorgeous face with a note about why One Drop makes you smile, sky is the limit! — with hashtag #12DaysOfDiabadass and tag @OneDropToday for the chance to win a One Drop | Chrome glucometer + 1 year of unlimited stripsJust make sure you share the love & the hashtag with us on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter. 5 winners will be selected & announced on January 2nd, 2018! We wanted to kick off the new year with a bang, and we want to do it with you 🙂

PRO-TIP: Subscribe to our mailing list – we’ll send out discount codes via email during these 12 Days of Diabadass, so keep your eyes peeled! 

Everyone wins. 🙂


Share the love!

Join the fun! All you have to do is share your love for your One Drop app, meter, coach, or test strips. Show us your smiling face, use the #12DaysOfDiabadass hashtag, and tag One Drop. Once you’ve shared, you’ll also be entered into our contest to win a Premium annual subscription. Then, on January 2nd, we’ll announce our five special winners and share some of our favorite #12DaysOfDiabadass moments!


New Year, New Fit With Diabetes Challenge!

Fit with diabetes: Let’s do this, together. 

If you need a little motivation and support to get started on your health and diabetes goals in January, why not join me in taking the Fit With Diabetes Challenge?

It’s a free, 4-week challenge focused on diabetes and exercise, healthy nutrition, and weight management with diabetes. I, along with a team of top diabetes experts, will take you through some of the most important aspects you should know about the aforementioned topics. 

The challenge starts on January 3, but you can go ahead and sign up here:

How the Fit With Diabetes Challenge works

The Fit With Diabetes Challenge consists of five parts:

  1. Daily activities or “challenges” that take you through everything you need to do in a step-by-step fashion
  2. Articles covering the most important topics on diabetes and weight management
  3. Weekly meal plans
  4. Workout programs that you can do during the challenge (home and gym workouts)
  5. A Facebook support group for challenge participants to ask questions, share experiences and connect with other people who want to be Fit With Diabetes

Each week, there will be a giveaway where you can win awesome diabetes products from challenge sponsors like One Drop. Additionally, there will be a special discount from One Drop to all challenge participants. More on that special deal later! 

Who all should sign up? 

Did I mention that it’s totally FREE to take the challenge? Anyone and everyone is welcome to join! 

The challenge is for all fitness levels. It’s based on my own experiences with diabetes and exercise, as well as the knowledge and insights of other diabetes and exercise experts. There will be posts by:

If you are ready to join me to learn more about diabetes, weight management, and exercise, then sign up for the challenge! In 2018,  we’re getting Fit With Diabetes together!

Sign up here: