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Brain data startup Rune Labs reveals $23M, plans to rev up neuro drug R&D

Rune Labs developed software that aggregates brain data, providing insights for clinical care and clinical research. Health systems are starting to adopt the technology, and the startup has now raised $22.8 million to grow that part of the business while also expanding use of the technology in drug development.

Mental health unicorns Headspace, Ginger merge into $3B company 

The two companies will merge to form Headspace Health, which will combine Headspace’s many meditation and wellness exercises with Ginger’s coaching and therapy services. The combined company will have more than 800 employees and a $3 billion valuation. 

Eli Lilly looks to startup Verge Genomics to turn AI analysis into new ALS drugs

Eli Lilly is partnering with startup Verge Genomics in a move intended to add ALS drugs to its neuroscience pipeline. To date, Verge’s artificial intelligence technology has produced programs internal programs in ALS, Parkinson’s, and frontotemporal dementia.

FDA authorizes Vir & GSK Covid-19 drug, introducing third antibody option

FDA authorization of the Covid-19 antibody drug from Vir Biotechnology and GlaxoSmithKline adds a third antibody drug for treating early cases of the disease that are at risk of progressing to hospitalization. The companies say they plan to launch the drug, named sotrovimab, “in coming weeks.”

Truepill becomes a ‘triple threat’ with diagnostics

Truepill, the company operating behind-the-scenes to help digital health companies with pharmacy fulfillment and telehealth visits, has added a third feature: at home testing. CEO Umar Afridi hopes the trio of services will create a seamless experience for most people’s basic health needs.

Accolade to acquire telehealth startup PlushCare for $450M

Care navigation startup Accolade struck an agreement to buy telehealth startup PlushCare for $450 million. The goal is to support primary care physicians with information about a patient’s health and benefits, CEO Rajeev Singh said. 

AKASA Raises $60M to Automate Revenue Cycle Operations for Health Systems

What You Should Know: – AKASA (formerly known as Alpha Health), a South San Francisco, CA-based Unified Automation™ company for revenue cycle management in healthcare, announced it has raised $60 million in its series B round of funding. – Founded in 2018, AKASA uses the same machine learning approaches that made driverless cars possible to …

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AppliedVR Lands $29M for VR Platform to Treat Chronic Pain

What You Should Know: – AppliedVR, a Los Angeles, CA-based company advancing the next generation of digital medicine, today announced $29 million in Series A funding, bringing its total funds raised to date to $35 million. The round, which includes key investors F-Prime Capital, JAZZ Venture Partners, Sway Ventures, GSR Ventures, Magnetic Ventures and Cedars-Sinai, …

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Vir Biotechnology, GSK Covid-19 antibody shows ‘profound efficacy’ in Phase 3 study

The positive data for the antibody drug from Vir Biotechnology and GlaxoSmithKline give a clearer picture of how and when these treatments could help. Last week, a different pivotal study testing the same drug in hospitalized patients yielded murkier results.

Satsuma Pharma rounds up $80M to give its migraine treatment another shot

Satsuma Pharmaceuticals executives say they now understand why their intranasal migraine treatment failed a pivotal test. But even with a new Phase 3 plan, the company is behind a competitor that could launch its intranasal migraine treatment later this year.

bene : studio Launches HealthTech Product Accelerator Starting April 1st

What You Should Know: – bene : studio, a San Francisco, CA-based global digital product consultancy, announced its non-equity, online HealthTech Product Accelerator, starting on April 1st. The accelerator will focus exclusively on the enhancement of the participating companies’ design and technology. – This accelerator is tailored to advanced Health Tech startups with $1M+ yearly …

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Reperio Health Raises $6M to Expand At-Home Wellness Kits to Employer Market

What You Should Know: – Portland, Oregon-based Reperio Health announced it has raised $6M in seed funding co-led by Caduceus Capital Partners in Nashville, Tenn., and Rogue Venture Partnersin Portland, Ore., with additional investment from Liquid 2 Ventures and G Ventures, both out of the San Francisco Bay Area. – Reperio’s patent-pending at-home health assessment brings a …

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GSK commits $345M to Vir as alliance expands to flu, other respiratory viruses

The amended pact follows a collaboration begun last year when GlaxoSmithKline paid Vir Biotechnology $250 million to team up on potential treatments for Covid-19. The expansion includes an influenza treatment based on Vir’s antibody technology.

Syapse Lands $68M to Expand Global Precision Oncology Data Sharing Network

What You Should Know: – Syapse raises 68M in equity investment  led by Ally Bridge Group (ABG), with Northpond Ventures to expand delivery of real-world evidence  through Syapse’s Learning Health Network. – The Syapse Learning Health Network is a global precision oncology data sharing network, improving cancer care across communities by using real-world data to …

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Modern Health Acquires Mental Health Startup Kip to Expand Data-Driven Capabilities

What You Should Know: – Modern Health acquires San Francisco-based mental health startup Kip to expand the data-driven capabilities of its mental health and wellness platform supporting 200+ enterprises globally. – Founded in 2015, Kip connects users with qualified therapists and arms them with the tools to track observations, feedback, and outcomes about their mental …

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Illumina, Sequoia Capital China Launches Genomics Incubator in China

What You Should Know: – Illumina and Sequoia Capital will collaborate to build an ecosystem for life science startup companies advancing breakthrough applications in genomics. – Sequoia Capital China Intelligent Healthcare Genomics Incubator, Powered by Illumina will leverage the expertise of Illumina for Startups in building genomics companies with the unparalleled track record of Illumina …

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2020’s Top 20 Digital Health M&A Deals Totaled $50B

Teladoc Health and Livongo Merge The combination of Teladoc Health and Livongo creates a global leader in consumer-centered virtual care. The combined company is positioned to execute quantified opportunities to drive revenue synergies of $100 million by the end of the second year following the close, reaching $500 million on a run-rate basis by 2025. …

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Pair Team Emerges Out of Stealth with $2.7M to Automate Primary Care Operations

What You Should Know: – San Francisco-based digital health startup Pair Team emerges out of stealth with $2.7M in seed funding backed by Kleiner Perkins, Craft Ventures, & YC. – Pair Team provides both a remote team and AI that automates workflows, provides infrastructure & improves medical practices — efficiencies and billing as you’d expect, …

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Kleva Health Launches FDA Authorized Saliva At-Home COVID-19 Test Kit for $149

What You Should Know: – Digital health startup Kleva Health launches FDA authorized saliva at-home COVID-19 test kit and raises $1.5 million in seed funding. – Kleva Health’s At-Home COVID-19 Saliva Test Kit will be available for orders on its website, klevahealth.com, and will retail for US$149. Test results will be reported on klevahealth.com and …

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COVID-19: How Hospitals Can Create Better Inpatient Bed Capacity through Math

Dr. Pallabi Sanyal-Dey, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF & Director of Client Services at LeanTaaS Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, key elements of hospital operations such as managing inpatient bed capacity, and access to ventilators and PPE have taken center stage. The general public got a crash course on what hospitals need …

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CommonHealth App Connects to 230 Health Systems to Share Health Data – including COVID Test and Vaccine Status

What You Should Know: – CommonHealth has connected to 230 health systems in the United States, allowing patients to gather, manage and share their health and test data, including COVID test and vaccination status. By the end of this month, CommonHealth will connect to more than 340 health systems – CommonHealth extends the health data …

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Recent Executive Hires: CVS Health New President, Cleveland Clinic/Amwell Joint Venture Leadership, Others

Neela Montgomery, EVP & President at CVS Pharmacy/Retail CVS Health Corporation names Neela Montgomery Executive Vice President and President of CVS Pharmacy/Retail, effective November 30, 2020. Montgomery will oversee the company’s 10,000 pharmacies across the United States. Montgomery, currently a Board Partner at venture capital firm Greycroft, most recently served as chief executive officer of …

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GE Healthcare Unveils First X-Ray AI Algorithm to Assess ETT Placement for COVID-19 Patients

What You Should Know: – GE Healthcare announced a new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to help clinicians assess Endotracheal Tube (ETT) placements, a necessary and important step when ventilating critically ill COVID-19 patients. – The AI solution is one of five included in GE Healthcare’s Critical Care Suite 2.0, an industry-first collection of AI algorithms …

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Ontrak Acquires Science-Backed, Behavior Change Platform LifeDojo

What You Should Know: – Ontrak acquires LifeDojo Inc, a San Francisco, CA-based comprehensive, science-backed behavior change platform. – The acquisition broadens Ontrak’s addressable market and footprint to lower acuity populations enabling new interventions and remote patient monitoring. Ontrak, Inc., a leading AI-powered and telehealth-enabled, virtualized healthcare company, today announced that it has acquired LifeDojo …

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KēlaHealth Lands $12.9M to Expand AI-Powered Surgical Intelligence Platform

What You Should Know: –  KēlaHealth announced their Series A round (combined seed and Series A) of $12.9M led by Sante Ventures and new innovation VC, Intuitive Ventures. – KēlaHealth, is a surgical intelligence engine that applies a dynamic cycle of patient-specific predictions, stratified interventions, and outcomes tracking to reduce surgical complications – KēlaHealth is …

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FDA Grants AppliedVR Breakthrough Designation for Virtual Reality Chronic Pain Treatment

What You Should Know: – FDA awards AppliedVR Breakthrough Device designation for treating treatment-resistant fibromyalgia and chronic intractable lower back pain – AppliedVR’s EaseVRx program helps patients learn self-management skills grounded in evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and other behavioral methods. AppliedVR, a pioneer advancing the next generation of digital medicine, today announced its EaseVRx …

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Innovaccer Launches AI-Enabled Patient Relationship Management Solution

What You Should Know: – Innovaccer launches its artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled patient relationship management solution to streamline communication between patients and their care teams. – The solution enables providers and member teams to move beyond treating illness to facilitating proactive care by building productive, long-term relationships with patients. Innovaccer, Inc., a San Francisco, CA-based healthcare …

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NVIDIA Develops AI Model to Accurately Predict Oxygen Needs for COVID-19 Patients

What You Should Know: – NVIDIA and Massachusetts General Brigham Hospital researchers develop an AI model that determines whether a person showing up in the emergency room with COVID-19 symptoms will need supplemental oxygen hours or even days after an initial exam. – The ultimate goal of this model is to predict the likelihood that …

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Innovaccer Launches Perioperative Optimization Platform for Surgeons

What You Should Know: – Innovaccer launches a perioperative optimization solution for surgeons to realize clinical and financial goals with patient-risk analysis. – The solution redefines surgical planning and post-surgical recovery with machine learning-based patient stratification for optimized surgery experience and personalized patient care management. Innovaccer, Inc., a San Francisco, CA-based healthcare technology company, recently …

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Ginger Lands $50M to Expand On-Demand Mental Health Support Platform

What You Should Know: – Ginger announces $50 Million in Series D funding to expand access to its on-demand mental healthcare system led by Advance Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners; joined by Cigna Ventures and existing investors. – Company has more than tripled revenue over the past year, now brings access to on-demand mental …

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Collective Health Appoints Max Mancini as New Chief Technology Officer

Max Mancini, CTO at Collective Health What You Should Know: – Collective Health appoints Max Mancini as its new Chief Technology Officer. – Mancini, who previously held senior roles at Apple and eBay, will lead the company’s exceptional engineering team- overseeing the architecture, design and scaling of Collective Health’s core platform and suite of products …

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Ciox Health Acquires Biomedical NLP Company Medal

What You Should Know: – Ciox Health has acquired Medal, Inc., a biomedical Natural Language Processing (biomed-NLP) technology company. – The acquisition will lead Ciox to better and more quickly enable real-world data in support of research that advances patient care. Ciox Health, a leading health technology company, today announced its acquisition of San Francisco-based biomedical Natural Language …

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Central Maine Healthcare, Innovaccer Partner to Power Data-driven Telehealth Capabilities

What You Should Know: – Innovaccer has recently partnered with Central Maine Healthcare (CMH), an integrated healthcare delivery system that serves over 400,000 people in the central, western, and mid-coast regions of the state, to connect providers with their patients through data-driven telehealth, powered by its FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform. – The care delivery system …

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Roche, PicnicHealth start RWD partnership with multiple sclerosis focus

The companies will use a combination of more than seven years of medical record data with five years of prospective data on 5,000 MS patients, including real-world outcomes data and MRI images. Other disease areas to be explored include hematology and rare diseases.

GYANT Raises $13.6M for AI-Enabled Digital Front Door Solution to Drive Patient-Doctor Engagements

What You Should Know: – GYANT raises $13.6M in Series A funding for AI-enabled digital front door solutions to drive meaningful patient-doctor engagement. – The investment will enable GYANT to scale up its product development to meet rapidly increasing market demand and support its exponential customer growth. – Current customers include Intermountain Healthcare, OSF Healthcare, …

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Emtiro Health Taps Innovaccer to Leverage the FHIR-Enabled Data Activation Platform

What You Should Know: – Emtiro Health, an innovative population health company in North Carolina has selected Innovaccer to deliver data-powered solutions to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery.  – Powered by Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform, Emtiro Health will create unified patient records that drive comprehensive, whole-person care management, no matter where …

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Doctor On Demand Raises $75M to Expand Comprehensive Virtual Care Platform

What You Should Know – Doctor On Demand raises $75M in Series D funding led by General Atlantic to expand comprehensive virtual care. – Doctor On Demand is seeing record usage this year – up 139% – for COVID-19 screenings, routine health issues, chronic conditions and behavioral health. San Francisco, CA-based Doctor On Demand, today announced it has raised $75 million in …

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