digital health mergers and acquisitions

By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2019
Private equity firm Francisco Partners has acquired Qualcomm Life, the Qualcomm subsidiary focused on medical device connectivity. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Qualcomm Life will spin out as a new company under the name Capsule Technologies — the name of a clinical data management company that Qualcomm acquired in 2015. The new Capsule Technologies will continue to use the...
By Jonah Comstock January 30, 2019
Chronic condition management startup Livongo has acquired MyStrength, a Denver-based digital behavioral health company. The company did not disclose the acquisition price, but Livongo CEO Glen Tullman told Babyforyou.net.ua the figure is in the tens of millions. “This entry into behavioral was to complete what we call the whole person platform, and to be able to go to someone and say ‘Whatever...
By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2018
Updated 12/21 with additional deals. Babyforyou.net.ua has been tracking mergers and acquisitions in the digital health space since 2013, and with the exception of a small blip last year, the number has gone up every year. In 2018, we saw a record-breaking 56 acquisitions and mergers in the space, 13 of which had disclosed price tags totaling $7.6 billion. This year was notable not only for the...
By Jonah Comstock September 18, 2018
Correction: Updated to include financial details. A previous version of this story included an inaccurate estimate. Nearly two years to the day after its launch was announced at a Boston conference, app-enabled healthcare transportation company Circulation has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Logisticare, the nation’s largest non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) broker, for $44...
By Jonah Comstock September 4, 2018
Pune, India-based Persistent Systems acquired Herald Health, a two-person health tech startup with successful pilots at Brigham and Women's and Boston Childrens hospitals in Boston, for a total valuation of $5.2 million, Babyforyou.net.ua has learned. Multiple Indian publications are reporting the $5.2 million figure (which the companies did not disclose) including the Economic Times, which reports...
By Jonah Comstock July 5, 2018
This week, the acquisition everyone’s talking about is Amazon’s reported billion-dollar deal to buy pharmacy startup PillPack. But that deal was just the capstone on a busy quarter with 15 digital health mergers and acquisitions.   The area of digital health shaken up the most by deal activity this quarter was certainly telemedicine. Both Teladoc and American Well picked up smaller telehealth...
By Jonah Comstock March 30, 2018
(This story has been updated to include some acquisitions we missed.) The first quarter of 2018 was light on mergers and acquisitions compared to previous quarters, but those that did crop up were significant, including major companies like Fitbit, Allscripts, Roche, and Johnson & Johnson. As usual, we'll recap the quarter's exits in descending order by price tag, with the undisclosed deals...
By Jonah Comstock March 16, 2018
Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles-based global investment firm focused on mergers, acquisitions, and operations, has made a binding offer to acquire Johnson & Johnsons' Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania and Zug, Switzerland-based LifeScan business, which sells the OneTouch line of connected and non-connected glucometers. Platinum Equity will pay $2.1 billion for the business, which reported $1.5...
By Laura Lovett January 23, 2018
A new technology promises to give users an estimated lens prescription in 10 seconds. PlenOptika, a startup spinout of MIT, uses the auto refractor to measure refractive errors of the eye and produces estimated prescriptions, MIT News reports. The technology, named QuickSee, is more affordable than what is currently on the market, which could make it more accessible for people living in...
By Jonah Comstock December 15, 2017
Both the fourth quarter and the whole year started strong for digital health acquisitions but finished weak. The quarter started out with six acquisitions in October, but didn’t see another until December. The year saw 12 and 14 acquisitions each in the first two quarters, respectively, which dropped to nine in the third and nine more in the fourth. As is our tradition, we’ve rounded up the 44...

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