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By Laura Lovett June 20, 2018
In a recent review, an independent group of panelists raised questions about UK-based AI company DeepMind’s business model, relationship with parent company Alphabet, and potential to monopolize its industry.  The Google subsidiary has been partnering with the National Health Service for the last few years and working with the system to implement its AI technology. While the company has been...
By Laura Lovett June 8, 2018
The road to digital innovation in the pharma and healthcare space is going to take players across industries — from tech developers and engineers to researchers and clinicians, according to a panel of digital-focused VPs speaking at BIO 2018 in Boston.  Tech is opening up new avenues in research and development, as well as access to data from EHRs and other databases. In the past, the healthcare...
By Jonah Comstock May 24, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the funding amount. The story has been updated to accurately reflect that Owkin raised $5 million in funding.  New York City-based Owkin, which uses machine learning to enhance biomedical research, has raised $5 million in Series A follow-on funds. GV, the venture arm of Alphabet formerly known as Google Ventures, was the sole investor. After...
By Dave Muoio February 22, 2018
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a research partnership with Alphabet subsidiary DeepMind that will tackle issues concerning patient deterioration during hospital care. Using a dataset comprised of 700,000 historical, de-personalized health records, the machine learning platform will help the VA identify risk factors for deterioration while predicting its onset. “Medicine is more...
By Jonah Comstock January 4, 2018
Cityblock Health, the urban-focused public health startup that spun out of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs in October, has raised $20.8 million in a round led by Maverick Ventures. Thrive Capital and Sidewalk Labs also contributed to the round, as did other unnamed strategic investors. The raise brings Cityblock’s total funding to $23.2 million. “We started Cityblock with a simple goal: to radically...
By Jonah Comstock December 21, 2017
While many of its health-related efforts have been shunted into Verily, Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google) actually made health-related moves across its business this year. From search engine updates to massive research studies to M&A, read on for a timeline of Alphabet subsidiaries’ biggest digital health moves this year. January 26: Verily, Alphabet’s main healthcare subsidiary...
By Laura Lovett December 5, 2017
Google’s Sidewalk, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is diving into community health after launching Cityblock, a startup focused on reinventing urban health, back in October. Cityblock aims to address the health disparity in lower socio-economic urban communities by providing preventive medicine and access to resources.  “There’s a problem in our cities: whole neighborhoods are sick," Iyah Romm,...
By Jonah Comstock October 4, 2017
With just nine acquisitions, the third quarter of 2017 didn't set a record for number of digital health acquisitions — Q1 and Q2 of this year came in at 12 apiece. But it did feature some very high-profile deals, including the acquisition of digital health pioneer WebMD, a rare acquisition from Alphabet, and big deals in spaces from diabetes management to caregiving to health insurance. Of course...
By Jonah Comstock August 15, 2017
Alphabet (the Google parent company formerly known as Google) has acquired a small, Seattle-based startup called Senosis Health, according to Geekwire, which broke the story on Sunday. Senosis, which had only recently come out of stealth mode, may not be a company many have heard of, but its founder Shwetak Patel, a professor at the University of Washington and a visiting researcher at Microsoft...
By Jonah Comstock May 31, 2017
Outcome Health, a maker of waiting room screens and tablets for patient education and pharmaceutical marketing, has raised at least $500 million in first round funding, lending the company a valuation of around $5 billion. Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Alphabet’s growth equity investment fund CapitalG, Leerink Transformation Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, and Balyasny Asset...

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