Laura Lovett

September 27, 2018
Users of Cardiogram, a smartwatch app that uses a deep neural network technology to detect hypertension and sleep apnea, can now get $1,000 in accidental death insurance for free. The deal comes out of a partnership between the technology company and life insurer Amica Life and life and disability payer Greenhouse Life Insurance Company.  Cardiogram, which began on the Apple Watch, now works with...
September 27, 2018
What happened IDx, maker of autonomous AI diagnostic tool for diabetic retinopathy, has landed $33 million in Series A financing. This comes just months after its IDx-DR got the designation as the first FDA-cleared autonomous AI diagnostic system. The latest funding was led by 8VC with participation from Optum Ventures, Alpha Edison, and Heritage Provider Network.  Why it matters Now the company...
September 27, 2018
What Happened? In its first move outside of mainland China, CareVoice, a Shanghai-based digital health startup targeting the insurance market, has announced its plans to expand to the Hong Kong market. This move will enable public and private insurance customers in Kong Kong to access the service.  The Chinese startup also announced that it is teaming up with Inter Partner Assistance Hong Kong to...
September 26, 2018
What happened  Maven, a digital health clinic that caters to women and children, scored an additional $27 million in Series B funding this morning. The round was led by Oak HC/FT with participation from Spring Mountain Capital, 14W, and Female Founders fund.  What’s the impact The digital health platform was first founded in 2014 and is focused on linking women and families to providers. It also...
September 26, 2018
What happened This morning digital pathology startup Proscia announced that it closed a $8.3 million Series A funding round. The financing was led by Flybridge Capital Partners with participation from Emerald Development Managers, Fusion Fund, Razor’s Edge Ventures and RobinHood Ventures.  The impact The Philadelphia-base startup plans to use the new money to commercialize its digital pathology...
September 26, 2018
As more and more partnerships between digital therapeutics and pharma companies begin to emerge, the two industries have started to size each other up. While this may foster an exchange of ideas, there is also the danger of concepts getting lost in translation between the two industries.  Yesterday DTx East in Boston pharma execs talked about the future, realities, and challenges of digital...
Sally Liang speaks at the US-China Summit

 Sally Liang speaks at the US-China Summit. All photos credit of USHC.

September 26, 2018
With a population of over 1.4 billion people or roughly 18.5 percent of the world’s people, China appears a ripe market for healthcare startups. The country also struggles with many of the same healthcare challenges as the West, including an aging population and a growing number of people living with diabetes. But for Western digital health companies looking to start in China, numerous obstacles...

Photo Credit: StartUp Health 

September 25, 2018
What’s happening? This morning StartUp Health, a digital health group that supports, connects, and finances startups, announced that it raised $31 million in funding from Novartis, Ping An Group, Chiesi Group, GuideWell, Otsuka, Masimo, and other private investors.  Why it matters StartUp Health works with young digital health companies by coaching, mentoring, and helping them to network....
September 25, 2018
What is happening  Neuchatel Switzerland-Based aktiia, a startup developing a wearable blood pressure monitoring device, has just announced that it raised $4.1 million (4 CHF). The round was led by TransLink Capital and Redalpin, with participation from Sparks Street Capital, Christian Wenger, and Mladen Barbaric. According to Tobias Pforr, aktiia’s chief marketing officer, the latest funding...
September 24, 2018
What happened Ro—company previously known for its online men's health platform focused on erectile dysfunction, Roman— announced that it landed $88 million, this time to work on an addiction cessation platform. This round was led by FirstMark Capital with participation from SignalFire, Initialized Capital, General Catalyst, Slow Ventures, Sinai Ventures, Torch Capital, BoxGroup, Tusk Ventures and...